Gospel of Thomas offers the reader Jesus' 'secret teachings' about the Kingdom of GodOnline Self-Realization (Second Birth/Baptism Of Allah/Atmajņana)
Nothing less than the Gospel message of salvation is at stake
Anthony Buzzard, in his book The Kingdom of God: Present or Future? questions the lack of knowledge regarding this central theme of Christianity:
"In the Book of Acts the Kingdom of God was still the general formula for the substance of Christian teaching..." (Hastings Dictionary of the Bible, Vol. II, p. 855).
On the lips of Jesus the term Kingdom of God unquestionably summarized the very heart of His Message. "The Kingdom of God is the central theme of the teaching of Jesus, and it involves His whole understanding of His own person and work" (Theological Word Book of the Bible, Alan Richardson, p. 119).
Yet the voluminous discussions of the meaning of the Kingdom of the God, the heart of the Gospel preached by Jesus, and therefore the Christian Gospel, continue to leave the impression that the subject is complex in the extreme, indeed that the truth of the matter is virtually beyond recovery. An enormous amount of scholarly energy has gone into analyzing the biblical and non-biblical evidence in an effort to explain what Jesus taught as His central theme. Can it really be that our New Testament records provide no clear idea of what Christ and the Apostles meant us to understand by the Kingdom of God? Nothing less than the Gospel message of salvation is at stake."
Here, as in Luke 17:20, the Kingdom of God is said to be an interior state; "It's within you," Luke says.
This book opens with the lines, "These are the secret words which the living Jesus spoke, and the twin, Didymos Judas Thomas wrote them down." Then there follows a list of the sayings of Jesus. ... Some of these sayings are familiar. We know them from Matthew and Luke Jesus said, "I have come to cast fire on the earth." Or "Behold, a sower went out to sow," and so forth.... Others are as strange and compelling as Zen koans. My favorite of these is saying number 70, which says, "If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you." The gospel opens as Jesus invites people to see....
The Gospel of Thomas also suggests that Jesus is aware of, and criticizing the views of the Kingdom of God as a time or a place that appear in the other gospels. Here Jesus says, "If those who lead you say to you, "look, the Kingdom is in the sky," then the birds will get there first. If they say "it's in the ocean," then the fish will get there first. But the Kingdom of God is within you and outside of you. Once you come to know yourselves, you will become known. And you will know that it is you who are the children of the living father."
In this gospel, and this is also the case in the Gospel of Luke, the Kingdom of God is not an event that's going to be catastrophically shattering the world as we know it and ushering in a new millennium. Here, as in Luke 17:20, the Kingdom of God is said to be an interior state; "It's within you," Luke says. And here it says, "It's inside you but it's also outside of you." It's like a state of consciousness. It's hard to describe. But the Kingdom of God here is something that you can enter when you attain gnosis, which means knowledge. But it doesn't mean intellectual knowledge. The Greeks had two words for knowledge. One is intellectual knowledge, like the knowledge of physics or something like that. But this gnosis is personal, like "I know that person, or do you know so and so." So this gnosis is self- knowledge; you could call it insight. It's a question of knowing who you really are, not at the ordinary level of your name and your social class or your position. But knowing yourself at a deep level. The secret of gnosis is that when you know yourself at that level you will also come to know God, because you will discover that the divine is within you." (Elaine H. Pagels, PBS and WGBH/FRONTLINE, 1998)
Before Jesus departed He promised that a Paraclete will one day be sent by Him, a divine personality who will glorify Him, and will guide mankind into all truth.
So many souls can and will be saved by the truth spoken by the Comforter, Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, by bringing humanity towards Jesus and His teachings. They must be brought to remembrance that before Jesus departed He promised that a Paraclete will one day be sent by Him, a divine personality who will glorify Him, and will guide mankind into all truth. The main signs and characteristics of the Comforter are as follows:
i) The Comforter must abide with the believers forever (John 14:16). This is only possible if the Comforter remains within each and every human for the rest of the natural lives and beyond i.e., for all eternity;
ii) The Comforter must testify on the behalf of Jesus (John 15:26). This is only possible if the Comforter is human too i.e., meeting, speaking, explaining in detail, as well as answering questions, in languages humans can understand;
iii) The Comforter must bring all aspects of Jesus' teachings to remembrance (John 14:26). Obviously they must concern unlocking the deep secrets of Jesus' parables, of which the Kingdom of God within tops the list;
iv) The Comforter must reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment i.e., issue warnings of impending judgment to a world full of sin and ungodliness (John 16:8);
v) The Comforter must at all times guide and speak the truth of events that are coming (John 16:13). Obviously the truth, directed exclusively to a world of sin and ungodliness, has to be absolutely unprecedented, radical and explosive;
vi) The Comforter must glorify Jesus and declare all that the later wants delivered to humanity (John 16:14). This task of informing humans on a global scale requires many, many years to accomplish;
vii) The Comforter -whom the Father will send in Jesus' name, and teach all things and remind humanity of everything Jesus has said- will be the Holy Spirit (John 14:26). Thus the personality enlightening humanity of Jesus' teachings will be both the Comforter and Holy Spirit sent by God Almighty in Jesus' name.
Shri Mataji is the Comforter, the Helper or Paraclete who has for more than three decades glorified Christ and-through Her Divine Message of the Last Judgment and Resurrection-guided mankind into all truth. All who receive their second birth by the Spirit (Self- realization) experience today what Jesus' disciples experienced two millennia ago on the day of Pentecost. The awesome, fundamental difference between both phenomena is that the present experience of the Holy Spirit manifesting within humans was promised by Lord Jesus ..... and is taking place all over Earth.
This truth is irrefutable as hundreds of thousands have felt the Wind/Cool Breeze of the Spirit, the sure signs of the Resurrection (Eschatological Evolution). The tens of thousands of SYs who continue to meditate on the Holy Spirit within feel it on a daily basis. Yet they neither have the courage nor the conscience to truthfully tell others, pretending it is all about the subtle system. But did Jesus send the Comforter just to teach about the petty subtle system, a subject that countless teachers and gurus are teaching too? Or did Jesus send the Comforter to complete His teachings and reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment; an exclusive honor and prerogative accorded to no one else?
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi
Cabella, Italy - June 9, 1996
Shri Mataji opens the Primordial Sahasrara (May 5th 1970)
The Paraclete Shri Mataji "Without breaking the Sahasrara we could not have achieved the ascent en masse... To keep Sahasrara open should be very easy if the western brains could understand and be aware of your Mother. When your Mother is the Deity of Sahasrara the only way to be able to keep the Sahasrara open has to be complete surrendering....
The area of the Sahasrara is the realm of God. When the Brahmarandhra opens fully then the heavens open within yourself. The Kundalini, which has risen up and given you Realization, creates the opening by which the Divine starts pouring all its subtleties inside your brain...
All of us can achieve that state of Nirvikalpa... After Nirvikalpa you cannot come down."
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi
Vienna, Austria - May 4, 1985
The Paraclete Shri Mataji "So one has to understand that evolutionary process is absolutely free, without any effort and you can't pay for your evolution. It is spontaneous. Like you have this Mother Earth and you put the seed in it, then it sprouts by itself. What do you do? Nothing. It is spontaneous and that's what exactly happens to you, that spontaneously you achieve that state of the Spirit....
So science cannot answer many questions and one of them is that why are we on this Earth? What is the purpose of our life? What is the goal of our life? What is our identity? This question is not asked and, if asked, they cannot answer. They cannot answer this simple question, "Why are we on this Earth?" But one has to know that we are on this Earth to become the Spirit, to enter into the Kingdom of God. This is our purpose. That's why we are here and then to be the instruments of that Divine Power, which is All-Pervading."
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi
Philadelphia, USA - October 15, 1993
The Paraclete Shri Mataji "You cannot force on the organization of God anything. He is on His own, His organization is on His own. Only thing you can do is to enter into His Kingdom and become a part and parcel of that blissful domain.
You would never like to change it either. It is so wonderful. It is so protective, it's so loving, is so gentle, so kind, so compassionate, that you would hate to change that organization, but we do! We try to organize God.
For people who think that is the ultimate you have to seek, it's all arranged to enter into the Kingdom of God. The time has come. This is the Day of Resurrection. These are the days of Resurrection."
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi
Hampstead, UK - July 22, 1982
1. Ruach, breath of God experienced daily as cool breeze/wind 1
2. Ruach, breath of God experienced daily as cool breeze/wind 2
3. All-Pervading Power of God felt as cool breeze or vibrations
4. Divine Wind flowing out of those born of the Spirit within
5. I will pour out in those days of My Spirit - Acts 2:18
6. Ruach is activity of God in connection with messianic expectation
7. The Kingdom of God cannot be understood without the Holy Spirit
8. Gospel of Thomas offers Jesus' secret teachings
9. And the Saviour who sent the Comforter will know ...
10. Christian Comforter has come
11. Comforter (Holy Spirit) would be like a breath, like a wind
12. Kingdom of God realized through Comforter
13. What did Jesus (and the Comforter) ask people to "believe"?
14. Nafas al Rachman - the breath of the Merciful
15. The coming Messiah would inaugurate the age of salvation
16. Gospel of Truth pictures the holy spirit as God's breath
17. "Quran explicitly refers to the return of the Jews to the Land of Israel before the Last Judgment"
18. Regathering of Jews back to Israel "will occur right before the return of the Messiah"
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