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Sacred Studies – Mystical teaching from the Gospel of St. Thomas

Updated on March 26, 2013

I just finished up an in depth reading and study of the The Gnostic Gospel of St. Thomas, Meditations on the Mystical Teachings by Tau Malachi as a part of my research for my new book. Since the Gospel of St. Thomas is a more recent discovery than any of the canonical biblical gospels, the content for many historians, scholars, and religious leaders is highly intriguing and controversial. It has become a common practice for many new age/new thought teachers to use scripture from the Gospel of Thomas to support their ideas. So, if there is a new ancient sacred teaching out there that had something important to say, I wanted to read it and study it for myself.

After reading the entire gospel, and Tau Malachi’s interpretation and recommended applications of the gospel’s meaning, I was struck by two main points. One is that in many ways, the Gospel of Thomas is very similar to the other four gospels in the Bible, and two, is how different the Gospel of Thomas is as well. I know that might not make sense since I just appeared to have expressed two exactly opposite views, but the reason is because even though the Gospel of Thomas has many similarities, in fact some passages are almost exactly the same as the other gospels, the Thomas Gospel is written in a more obviously esoteric manner. This gospel was meant to be deeply studied.

There are very few parables in the Gospel of Thomas and most of the scripture is written as a dialogue of direct teaching to the disciples. This is why some believe this gospel is a much deeper and important teaching, because at the time, only the disciples themselves may have been able to begin to grasp the significance of Jesus’s ideas.

The author, Tau Malachi, has been actively practicing Gnostic Christianity and Kabbalah for over thirty years, and clearly I see his Kabbalah influence in his interpretations. But overall, reading this book, I felt and experienced the mysticism in Jesus teachings and Malachi’s views/interpretations were a wonderfully contemplative journey into each verse. I wanted to share a few of the top points I got from reading this book.

Gospel of Thomas – Verse 39

Jesus said, “The Pharisees and the scribes have taken the keys of knowledge (gnosis) and hidden them. They themselves have not entered, nor have they allowed to enter those who wish to. You, however, be as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves.”

Malachi says: The serpent is a symbol of initiation and knowledge that transforms or heals. The dove is the symbol of purity, peace, and the flight of consciousness in ascent beyond the body. The Master tells his disciples to seek the awakening of this Divine presence and power within themselves and, thus, to seek into true Gnosis of God directly.

Gospel of Thomas – Verse 89

Jesus said, “Why do you wash the outside of the cup? Do you not realize that he who made the inside is the same one who made the outside?”

Malachi says: God brings forth Creation from within himself-herself, and we bring forth our lives from within ourselves. In so doing, the inside and the outside must match.

For the sake of limited space, I must reluctantly conclude for now, but let me encourage anyone on a seekers path to take the holy scripture from all ancient teaching in both the East and the West and consider them deeply. Besides Malachi’s book that I am sharing thoughts on here in this article, I would also highly recommend reading noted expert on Gnostic scripture, Elaine Pagel’s book on the Gospel of Thomas called, Beyond Belief, The Secret Gospel of Thomas. As humans, even humans that have experienced profoundly a deep spirituality to share in a text or message, we cannot help but include our past conditioning into our views. So it is up to us individually to glean the deeper messages out of these teachings and apply them in our lives as appropriate for our unique life paths.

I’ll close with a little more text from Malachi on the concept of faith. I loved what he had to say about it and believe that it is a quality that deserves deep commitment. Clearly without some type of faith, our pursuit into the mystical and magical nature of our spirit and soul would not be possible.

Malachi says: We understand the active agent of this Divine power as faith. It is faith that creates conditions necessary for miracles to happen. Faith is the intuition of an experience we have not yet had, and therefore the invocation of that spiritual or mystical experience. Faith is the certainty of things not seen and awareness that, with God, nothing is impossible. It is a great and awesome magic-power, and a most significant part of what makes us truly human. One might say that faith is the holy remembrance that we are children of the Light, sons and daughters of the Living God.

Pleased to Meet You!

Joleen (Bridges) Halloran is the author of Finding Home - Breaking Free from Limits. This book represents over 10 years of research and inspiration in the topics of personal and spiritual empowerment and provides readers with a pathway to overcome limits and discover authentic divine qualities in their lives and to live a life of unlimited freedom. .

Beyond Joleen's professional life, she is an avid reader and researcher of books related to her special passion, which is metaphysical and spirituality topics. You can find out more about Joleen's book at her books website, Additional articles of a spiritual and inspirational nature can be found at the book's website as well.


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      Donna Suthard 3 years ago

      I am so happy to read this, having had mystical experiences from practicing and studying the A Course in Miracles!! Thank you!!

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      brent7750 4 years ago

      What an amazing story of the person we call Jesus. I am glad to be able to continue to learn things from Jesus even after his time here has ended.