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Know Yourself or Know Nothing

Know Yourself or Know Nothing

Yeshua of Nazareth said:
Those who know the All
yet do not know themselves
are deprived of everything.
(CF. Matt 16:26; Mark 8:36; Luke 9:25.)

What is meant by this self-knowledge that is so fundamental to the Gospel of Thomas? Here is commentary about this. . . and it very thought provoking (and has some striking parallels with Buddhism):

What is the value of the greatest knowledge if it knows not the agency of knowing? Vast knowledge without inner transformation is an illusion. It is mere show.

Self-knowledge, so fundamental to the Gospel of Thomas, has nothing to do with self-analysis or narcissistic introspection. It is a process of keenly observing our reactions and emotions without judging or explaining them. In this attentive regard, neutral and compassionate, we discover what is and who we are.

Read more: Spirit, Inspiration

Adapted from The Gospel of Thomas, by Jean-Yves Leloup (Inner Traditions, 2005). Copyright (c) 2005 by Jean-Yves Leloup. Reprinted by permission of Inner Traditions.
Adapted from The Gospel of Thomas, by Jean-Yves Leloup (Inner Traditions, 2005).

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6:51AM PDT on Jul 23, 2012


12:33PM PDT on Apr 27, 2012


12:20AM PDT on Apr 22, 2011

Very, very true. Thanks.

11:48AM PDT on Oct 22, 2010

Yes let it be. Keep the Faith

4:16PM PDT on Oct 18, 2010


2:28AM PDT on Oct 18, 2010

said by socrates as well

6:00PM PDT on Oct 17, 2010

Truer words were never spoken. Thanks

1:44AM PDT on May 22, 2010


8:09AM PST on Feb 6, 2010

Knowing your self aids you to have a healthy relationship with others, may it be your parents, relatives, co-employees or friends...

11:00AM PDT on Aug 17, 2008

By knowing self, you have acknowledged flaws and begin to address frailties in self...which aids in the ability to accept others, similar to self. This very action causes a unity of thought. We are together in this experience. Learning to love, accept(forgive) and share is vital to the existence of the planet. That sentence from the above article says it all.

Vast knowledge without inner transformation is an illusion.

Science, religions and philosophy are empty shells without the acceptance of the eternal spirit soul.

I think that Yeshua was directing that statement to the priests who had cold hearts, yet doggedly carried out the rituals of their religion.

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Not only informative but very essential that they be followed


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