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.

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).

10 comments

Patricia H.
Patricia H.4 years ago

thanks

Kenneth D.
Kenneth Davies4 years ago

noted

Robert O.
Robert O.5 years ago

Very, very true. Thanks.

Elizabeth P.
Elizabeth P.5 years ago

Yes let it be. Keep the Faith

irene fernandez
irene Fernandez5 years ago

Thanks

Ss L.
sheila l.5 years ago

said by socrates as well

Mom A.
Mom Adams5 years ago

Truer words were never spoken. Thanks

gail d.
gail dair6 years ago

thanks

poepiesnoepie k.
Past Member 6 years ago

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

MEL LISSA
Melissa Kush8 years ago

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.