Yeshua said, "If a blind person leads a bind person, both of them will fall into a hole." ........ Saying 34, Gospel of Thomas
This saying from the Gospel of Thomas appears very simple and straight forward. But we need to understand that Yeshua spoke these words to his disciples and not to the general public. In his short ministry, in which so much radically new knowledge had to be passed on, Yeshua was aware of the unpreparedness of his disciples and the level from which he had to elevate the consciousness of his future leaders. This is an everyday fact that a blind man cannot provide guidance to another blind man as both of them would have no knowledge of the terrain.
Tau Malachi, an enlightened commentator on the verses of the Gospel of Thomas, says that the sayings of Yeshua must be understood from a Gnostic dimension. To be spiritually blind is to lack the light of wisdom. It is the true realization of Christ self within oneself. The teachings of Yeshua was to bring forth the light within so that one can become an illumined leader. If we are not at this level of consciousness than we are the blind leading the blind. Yeshua issued this warning when he says:
"Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. You shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree brings forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit. …" ..........Matthew 7: 15-17
Anyone who has not the level of spiritual consciousness to provide the light that illuminates the inner path to Messianic or Christ consciousness is a false prophet. The process of the initiate attaining the required level spiritual wisdom is compared by Yeshua to the growth of a tree. The purpose of the tree is to bear fruit and thus propagate a healthy progeny. To bear fruit the tree must first grow to a healthy maturity. In spiritual life one must grow through faith in the truth revealed in various formats in rituals, scriptures and life practices. These are only the path to the ultimate goal. If we are stuck in the path and do not proceed beyond through inner Gnosis to blossom and fructify then the process of initiation is stunted. The transcendence from faith to active invocation of spiritual experience is the qualification for the spiritual leader. This is the stage when the path itself becomes the goal. It is only through this wisdom gained at an experiential level that one can complete the process of achieving spiritual leadership qualities. Most deemed spiritual masters are rooted at the faith or intellectual level but never leverage their inner capacity to experience the spiritual bliss which has the potential to radically alter the individual consciousness to a redeeming level.
When Yeshua declared that He is "The way, the truth and the life" ......John 14:6, He precisely meant this that the way, truth and life are the integral aspect of the Messianic consciousness through which a "metanoia" takes place. It is a radical transformation of consciousness.
When John declares: "We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life (he is not talking about the physical experience but a spiritual one)............ but if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another" .......Epistle of John 1:1, 7
This is the true discipleship and spiritual leadership that Yeshua imparted.
Love to you all