Gospel of Thomas      

Saying 22
Jesus saw infants being suckled. He said to his disciples, "These infants being suckled are like those who enter the kingdom."
They said to him, "Shall we then, as children, enter the kingdom?"

Jesus said to them, "When you make the two one, and when you make the inside like the outside and the outside like the inside, and the above like the below, and when you make the male and the female one and the same, so that the male not be male nor the female female; and when you fashion eyes in the place of an eye, and a hand in place of a hand, and a foot in place of a foot, and a likeness in place of a likeness; then will you enter the kingdom."

(5) Jesus said, "Recognize what is in your sight, and that which is hidden from you will become plain to you . For there is nothing hidden which will not become manifest.

(33) Jesus said, "Preach from your housetops that which you will hear in your ear. For no one lights a lamp and puts it under a bushel, nor does he put it in a hidden place, but rather he sets it on a lampstand so that everyone who enters and leaves will see its light."

"I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as god created me."   acim


Saying 22like others purported to have been uttered by Yeshua upon observing physical objects and/or events,  I believe, are derived from instances when and where Yeshua himself has 'entered the Kingdom'; with like results promised to all with 'rebirth' while yet alive in the world. The two, made one and the same.

The result is an altogether New Being, earth and heaven become one, inner and outer, higher/lower, male/female, movement/rest, quietude/activity, and all other apparent dichotomies synthesized in an ineffable way, experienced first hand as Fact.  Otherwise, any description may well seem preposterous and impossible.  To be sure upon first recognition,  this Reality is utterly astounding:  even 'outer' objects and events now Heard and Seen in a New down-to-earth way as One, intrinsically encompassing even the smallest sensory inputs we and anyone else commonly perceive. Anything and everything embodied in form, manifest, speaking, multi-dimensional, projected as if it is the Father Himself sharing, teaching us his and our True nature in innumerable, perfectly timed, detailed ways. Sure. paranoia or grandiosity to the uninitiated. (with persecution.)

With this discovery, the very few words of this most profound of sayings make complete sense.  Clear, with no confusion.  The mystery behind anything and everything is so resolved spontaneously, direct, without the egos effort, thought, or interpretation. In wondrous ways This* becomes second nature to the growing 'child' nourished and comforted by this Milk.

It is no random accident that Yeshua literally sees multiple babies nursing this precise moment, as he relays the message Hidden in the events. The attention of the disciples themselves are drawn to the manifest 'material' reality. They do not just abstractly contemplate and think about  what they see and hear, but the Reality surfaces from within them as they themselves make the ears to hear, and eyes to see in the place of their own bodily organs. They themselves see and hear what the Father is doing in this world, how it is by the mediation of the Spirit inwardly and outwardly, simultaneously, the Voice for the Father/Mother, heaven and earth are made one. Here and Now.

This, I think, is what Yeshua refers to when he says that some in his presence will enter this Kingdom before they die. And also it is important that they themselves find this Living One, here, now before they die, lest they bodily die and are not able to find Him.... only one side of the equation available to them in this equally illusory state.  The Spirit has made this it's home, and It's Kingdom, whose Self we are, the source of all is right now in our midst, not afar off in the past, future or place. Only we do not See it. What we do observe before our face is now tailored to reveal IT, with the naked ardent, innocent, focused, hunger and thirst of the nursing child, without artifice, guilt or shame.

"Blessed are the hungry, for the belly of him who desires will be filled." Blatz

               Jerry B, 
               August, 2019


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