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Chapter 42 of the Gospel of Thomas for Awakening

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Jesus said, Become passers-by. (42)

The great Mughal emperor, Akhbar, in 1601 A.D. built a gate at Fatehpur Sikri on which he had written in Persian: “Jesus, son of Mary, said: The world is a Bridge, pass over it, but build no houses upon it.” Simple wisdom, but not so easy to put into practice. Even though from birth we are witnessing the temporary character of everything in this world as well as the fact that everyone who comes into it through birth is inexorably moving toward the exit of death, we desperately hold on to things, situations and people, trying to make the raging stream of “change and decay all around I see” stop for us so we can feel safe and be without worry or fear.

The time must come when we heed and accept the assurance of the Bhagavad Gita: “Death is certain for the born. Rebirth is certain for the dead.… Before birth, beings are not manifest to our human senses. In the interim between birth and death, they are manifest. At death they return to the unmanifest again” (Bhagavad Gita 2:27-28). This is a Christian teaching, too, for Saint Paul tells us that “the fashion [schema: form] of this world passeth away” (I Corinthians 7:31). And Saint John says: “the world passeth away” (I John 2:17). Everything is breaking apart at different rates of speed. Water evaporates quickly and mountains last for millions of years, but everything disappears eventually. So if we lived for thousand or millions of years we would still be experiencing the perishable nature of all things. For the Gita also speaks of “mighty world-destroying Time” (11:32).

Actually, becoming “strangers and pilgrims” as Saint Paul and Saint Peter advise us (Hebrews 11:13; I Peter 2:11) is not noble or wise, it is just plain good sense, for that is all we ever are in this world. Our external lives and bodies break down and blow away just like everything and everyone else. If we try to go against this current of dissolution we will be overwhelmed and drowned in the flood and end in misery. If we acknowledge it and go along with it, learning the lessons it conveys, we have a chance of attaining peace.

The way is simple, actually: enter into and abide in the unchanging Spirit which is the source of all worlds and the source of us as well. Dwell in the unmoving center of all things: God. This is immortality.

“Therefore become a yogi” (Bhagavad Gita 6:46).

Read the next article in the Gospel of Thomas for Yogis: Challenging the Master

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Chapters in The Gospel of Thomas for Awakening

  1. The Open Secrets
  2. Seeking Is More Than Just Finding
  3. Seeking the Kingdom Realistically
  4. The One Goal
  5. From the Seen to the Unseen
  6. What Jesus Wants Us To Do
  7. Eat Or Be Eaten
  8. Fishing Wisely
  9. The Inner Field
  10. Guarding the Flame
  11. What Will You Do?
  12. Who Shall Lead?
  13. The Unspeakable
  14. When Virtue is Vice
  15. Father in Heaven; Father on Earth
  16. Divine Discord
  17. The Divine Gift
  18. The Origin is the End
  19. Original Being
  20. A Mustard Seed
  21. Disciples of Jesus
  22. How to Enter the Kingdom
  23. Unity of Vision
  24. Where is Christ?
  25. Love and Protect
  26. Seeing
  27. The Fasting and Sabbath of the Spirit
  28. How Jesus Saw the World
  29. Hidden Treasure
  30. One
  31. The Power of Unbelief
  32. Spiritual Strength
  33. Speak It Out
  34. The Blind
  35. The Secret of Spiritual Security
  36. Live Carefree
  37. Unashamed Before God
  38. At the Source
  39. The Religion of Ignorance
  40. Within God
  41. Spiritual Gain and Loss
  42. Move On
  43. Challenging the Master
  44. The Source of Good and Evil
  45. Great in the Kingdom
  46. Impossible Duality
  47. Peace That Moves Mountains
  48. Back to the Source
  49. Children of the Light
  50. Here and Now
  51. Seeing Yet Blind
  52. Outer Ritual or Inner Growth?
  53. Infinite Transcendence
  54. “Hate”
  55. True Understanding
  56. Wheat and Weeds
  57. Finding Life
  58. Live and Die Not
  59. “Lest Thou Also…”
  60. Who Will Die; Who Will Live
  61. The Path of Unknowing
  62. Awakened by Death
  63. Turning Ourselves Away
  64. Gullibility
  65. The Rejected is Truly Accepted
  66. All–and Nothing
  67. The Blessings of Persecution
  68. Life or Death Lie Within
  69. Admission
  70. Not a Divider
  71. Seeking the Harvest
  72. Thirsting in Vain
  73. Who Shall Enter?
  74. Unfailing Treasure
  75. The All Speaks
  76. Well-dressed Ignoramuses
  77. True Blessedness
  78. A Duplication
  79. Balancing the Inner and the Outer
  80. Near and Far
  81. Seeing the Unseeable
  82. Seeing Your Unknown Side
  83. Our Forefather Adam
  84. Blessed Homelessness
  85. Doubly Wretched
  86. Onward and Upward
  87. Twofold Life
  88. The Yoke of Christ
  89. Knowing the Unknown
  90. Asking and Hearing
  91. Give Not…
  92. Seeking and Knocking
  93. Right Generosity
  94. The Expanding Kingdom
  95. The Fulfilled Universe
  96. Taking Stock
  97. The Spiritual Family
  98. Three Debts
  99. Father and Mother
  100. Exoteric Religion
  101. Ready for Invasion
  102. Penitential Discipline, Anyone?
  103. Daring to Know
  104. Ending Duality
  105. “I Love You More…”
  106. At the Source
  107. Finding the Hidden Treasure
  108. Having Come to the End
  109. Immortal and Above the World
  110. Body and Soul
  111. Where is the Kingdom?
  112. Male and Female?
  113. In Conclusion
  114. Glossary
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