Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Entity Beyond Comparison

"Jesus said to his disciples, "Compare me to something and tell me what I am like."
Simon Peter said to him, "You are like a just messenger."
Matthew said to him, "You are like a wise philosopher."
Thomas said to him, "Teacher, my mouth is utterly unable to say what you are like."
Jesus said, "I am not your teacher. Because you have drunk, you have become intoxicated from the bubbling spring that I have tended."
And he took him, and withdrew, and spoke three sayings to him. When Thomas came back to his friends they asked him, "What did Jesus say to you?"
Thomas said to them, "If I tell you one of the sayings he spoke to me, you will pick up rocks and stone me, and fire will come from the rocks and devour you."
…………Saying 13 of Gospel of Thomas

Yeshua, in this dialogue, is trying to gauge the depth of mystical understanding the apostles have gone through by their association with Him. The question itself is aimed at a qualification of the personality of Yeshua. There are four levels at which an individual can be judged. These levels are physical, psychological, intellectual and spiritual. The physical level is unimportant and the apostles know that Yeshua is expecting an answer far beyond the mundane level of comparison. Peter’s reply, which is different from the canonical Gospels, is apt from his own capacity to comprehend esoteric teachings. He understands that Yeshua is a ‘just messenger’, a sort of intermediary communicating what He has received from the Father. Yeshua’s key role as the very way, truth and life giving element in spiritual transcendence is not understood by Peter. Matthew goes one step further and compares him to a philosopher, a man of intellect capable of interpreting the collated wisdom. In this understanding the action of Yeshua is limited to the intellectual domain.
Thomas is quick to point out that he has no words to describe Yeshua or there is no comparison possible. All his mental and intellectual faculties are not able to compare Yeshua to any class or category at the human level. Even the word ‘teacher’ evokes a response from Yeshua. He admonishes Thomas and corrects him. A teacher is always at a higher plane of intellect but during his communion with the apostles Yeshua was always in a participatory mode, sharing, clarifying. He openly poured out the wisdom of the Divine and constantly elevated the consciousness of the apostles through His own action and words. He was more of a wisdom companion rather than a teacher.

It is then that Yeshua takes Thomas aside and tells him three things. I strongly feel that this was the moment that Yeshua prepared Thomas for his mission to the East. Yeshua understood the deep wisdom of the East and also its strong interconnection to His own experience of the Father. This is the Trinitarian aspect of human existence which is reflected in the Trinitarian comprehension of Divinity. The human existence is individuated soul (atma) within the physicality of the body but eternally an inseparable part of the Supersoul (Paramatma) and this reflects every Son of God (individual) who is from the Father (God) and the eternal relation in which all exists is the Divine consciousness and this is the Holy Spirit.

This is something that the monotheistic Jewish tradition could not understand and would be blasphemy. Blasphemy would be punishable by ‘death by stoning’. Thomas is able to comprehend the esoteric wisdom that Yeshua passes on to him but the other apostles are not yet ready and if he had told them what Yeshua said they would have stoned him. But the absolute truth can not be destroyed and true knowledge is like fire which will destroy all ignorance. Here Thomas is not talking about a punishment and its consequence. He is talking of a sequence of events in which esoteric wisdom when passed on even to the initiates is first met with rock solid resistance but ultimately this ignorance is burned away by the higher level of consciousness to which they are elevated by the Master.

Love to you all


  1. Wisdom companion-A very apt and true description indeed.Iam amazed to observe how the true meaning of the words in the scripture are very different and deeper than how they sound.The source of all wisdom has infact chosen each one of us and assigned the role that suits our level of capablity.

  2. Dear Subathra, Very true "The source of all wisdom has infact chosen each one of us and assigned the role that suits our level of capability."
    Purposeful creation, if appreciated, will provide a better world view and we will not judge others based on our own standards. Thanks for the sharing.