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.
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).