Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Blazing Fire of Truth

Today we will study the tenth saying of Jesus in the Gospel of Thomas.

“Jesus said, I have cast fire upon the world, and look, I'm guarding it until it blazes.”
….Logion 10

The fire that Jesus talks about is the cleansing fire of Divine consciousness. How does one cast this fire into the world? The role of a guru or teacher is specifically to remove the ignorance of the disciples and impart spirit empowering knowledge through which the disciple is able to elevate his or her consciousness to a higher level. Purely talking and preaching can not accomplish this task. The teacher has to demonstrate the effectiveness of teaching and encourage his disciples to follow his example by learning, thinking, acting and living in an ordained manner. The inseparable bond that existed between Jesus and the Father, which is the word which Jesus uses throughout his teachings for Divine consciousness, is the same bond that he desires for his disciples.
In his beautiful prayer before his passions Jesus says:

“Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”
…….John 17:25,26

This fusing together of the individual human consciousness and the Divine consciousness is possible only through the knowledge that is revealed in Christ’s teaching. In His mind he had no doubt that all his disciples are capable of transcending to this level of existence and can even exceed Him. Jesus comforting His disciples before his parting and replying to Thomas says:

“I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these,”
…. John 14:12

The messianic mission of Christ has to be properly understood. Every human being on this earth has the potentiality to become the Son of the Father, just as He was. This is possible only through the fire of Divine consciousness which has been set ablaze in this world through the teachings, thinking, actions and life of this great incarnation, namely Jesus the Christ.
What is the nature of this fire? Only if we know the nature of this fire can one keep it blazing through the art of stoking and tending. Here again Jesus gives the recipe to His disciples. He says
“the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you”
……John 14:17.

Divine consciousness is something that is inseparable from each and every creation but this truth is not grasped or understood when we are rooted in this world but persons who have been ignited with this amalgamating fiery knowledge through the Christ, know this truth. This knowledge is the one that fuses together all creation to the Divine Godhead.
The true meaning of redemption is this. This ‘all cleansing fire’ is the tool of redemption through which the false coverings acquired through our ego-consciousness are burned away so that the prodigal son returns to the arms of the Divine Father to whom he really belongs.

It is therefore important that we understand the mission of the Christ as one that was intended to remove the veil of ignorance and reveal the knowledge of our true being ,in this blazing act of purification.

Love to you all


  1. In this context I would like to share the role, the teachers played in the olden day gurukulam.
    Whenever the teacher sits to teach the students he should have 27 feet diameter of good vibrations flowing out from him.
    If he carries any negative feeling on a particular day he would not teach the students on that day.
    Imparting education is not linear rather the aim should be to mould holistic persons for a better world.

  2. SS, Thanks for the feedback. Teaching Integral thinking is the need of the hour. We live in highly fragmented world where the concept of true knowledge is lost in material comforts and sensory pleasures.