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Chapter 108 of the Gospel of Thomas for Awakening

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Jesus said, He who will drink from my mouth will become like me. I myself shall become he, and the things that are hidden will be revealed to him. (108)

I have already pointed out that liberated masters often speak on two very different levels: from their finite spirit and from the infinite Spirit with which they are one. Consequently they sometimes speak as God and sometimes as only themselves, which can be confusing to those who do not possess a more metaphysical understanding. Naturally someone commenting on a master’s words will have to decide which aspect is speaking, the finite or the infinite, and comment accordingly. It seems safest to me to consider this verse the words of the universal Christ or Christ Consciousness, the Only Begotten of the Father–the Son of God, the personal aspect of the Absolute “incarnate” within the body of the universe.

For many years Paramhansa Yogananda wrote a commentary on the Gospels which appeared in his magazine. Toward the end of his life he told some of his disciples that he had prayed to Jesus, asking him if he had correctly relayed his teachings through his articles. Jesus appeared to him and said: “The cup from which I drink, thou dost drink.” Jesus drank from the mouth of the Father, and so did Yogananda.

The mouth of Jesus and the mouth of the Father are the same. Therefore, whatever the tradition of a master might be, his words will be the words of a Christ, a perfect son of God. As Yogananda also said, there is no real spiritual difference between the masters, for they are perfect reflections of the one and only God. That is why in his autobiography he speaks of “the Yogi-Christs of India.” In chapter twenty-four he wrote: “Yoga has produced, in every age of India, men who became truly free, truly Yogi-Christs.” Though not born in India, Jesus, too, was a Yogi-Christ of India where he lived more than half his life before beginning his mission to Israel and to which he returned after three years to live out the rest of his life. And those who “drink from his mouth” will be Yogi-Christs as well, one with God, one with the Cosmic Christ and one with all the Christs that have walked the earth.

Saint Paul, a Christ himself so identified with Jesus Christ that he even bore in his body the wounds of Jesus (Galatians 6:17), wrote: “We speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: which none of the princes of this world knew:… but God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.… For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ” (I Corinthians 2:7-8, 10, 16). This is indeed the state of a Christ, the state for which each one of us is destined. All we need is the Christ Yoga for our transformation.

Read the next article in the Gospel of Thomas for Yogis: Finding the Hidden Treasure

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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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