The best thing Jesus ever said.
His students asked him and said to him,
Do you want us to fast?
How should we pray?
Should we give to charity?
What diet should we observe?
We find the students looking for burdens. These are the traditional religious restrictions. Limitations. Bah.
Do not lie and do not do what you hate.
All things are disclosed before heaven.
There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed,
nothing covered that will remain undisclosed.
This may sound familiar. Well, the general flavor might be familiar.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
With a light burden and an easy yoke, Yeshua encourages us to radically be ourselves— to make the inside like the outside by aligning our speech, action and intention– never lying and never doing that which is contrary to deepest gnoTruth [internal, intuitive, compassionate wisdom].
Adultery in mind?
Jesus said radical things. He, apparently, pushed boundaries, stating that the intention of adultery was already adultery.
27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’[a] 28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
That doesn’t sound like a very easy yoke… Sounds difficult. But, what if we look at it from a new angle? What if we consider what we’ve seen Jesus say in the Gospel of Thomas about lying and doing what we hate?
Let us remember that Jesus is commenting on an older Jewish law.
For those of you who don’t know, Jesus was Jewish.
So, now I’m wondering about the Jewish definition of adultery– what is Jesus really talking about here?
Is adultery the act of unfaithfulness toward one whom you have professed a monogamous commitment? Some of the big figures in Jewish history were not ‘monogamous’. Are they, therefore, adulterous? No. Probably not. I’m going to say they were not committing adultery because they were probably not lying, not breaking any commitments — these wives probably were well informed of their husband’s intention.
Why did I bring this up?
I bring it up because as you peruse the available source documents, you will meet a number of Jesus personalities. They will even contradict each other on certain points. But, in this particular case, I can see how one person would be capable of taking both apparently contradictory positions.
The Law Gone Beyond. Lotus Law!
There is a theme here. These are multiply attested sayings of Yeshua. It is ‘comfy’ spirituality– an easy, simple and profound path.
It’s all about telling the arrogant, insecure, so called ‘leaders’ [the Archons], to piss off.
34) Beware that no one lead you astray saying Lo here or lo there! For the Son of Man is within you.
35) Follow after Him!
36) Those who seek Him will find Him.
37) Go then and preach the gospel of the Kingdom. [good news! the kingdom is here, now!]
38) Do not lay down any rules beyond what I appointed you, and do not give a law like the lawgiver lest you be constrained by it.
39) When He said this He departed.
Same theme. Keep that bold and fiery-faced stare upon reality-as-it-is!
Watch out for foolish ones who lay down rules for you. You made laws for yourselves, you were not made by the laws– turn, do not be turned, by the Sutras. All the sacred scriptures in the world cannot save you. Only you, yourselves, utilizing this or that or that map, depending upon the territory you are travelling, you, by your own effort, and by the encouragement of your holy friends, shall walk to the Pure Land that extends beyond every infinite infinite infinite.
Seek and do not stop seeking until you find.
When you find, you will be troubled.
When you are troubled,
you will marvel and rule over all.
If your leaders tell you, “Look, the kingdom is in heaven,”
then the birds of heaven will precede you.
If they say to you, “It’s in the sea,”
then the fish will precede you.
But the kingdom is inside you and it is outside you.
When you know yourselves, then you will be known,
and you will understand that you are children of the living father.
But if you do not know yourselves,
then you dwell in poverty and you are poverty.
The Pharisees and the scholars have taken the keys of knowledge
and have hidden them.
They have not entered,
nor have they allowed those who want to enter
to go inside.
You should be shrewd as snakes and innocent as doves.
As sly as snakes, innocent as doves!
Children of Buddha-Gnosis abide without grasping, rejecting, or remaining neutral to the senseMinds [or the sentient beings which are constructed by amalgamation of form, feeling, sense perception, mental formations, consciousness…]– thereby, eluding the Archons, even Yaltabaoth Himself– expressing boundless and perfected gnosis through infinite / immeasurable compassion.
Great Vow Bodhisattva remains within limitation until all sentient beings are liberated. Until the end of beginningless eternity.
Infinite light, everywhere.