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Enigmatic Sayings of Jesus – Gospel of Thomas #2

Gospel of Thomas saying #2

 

The second saying of Jesus, recorded in the Gospel of Thomas by Didymo Judas Thomas, one of the twelve disciples, found in Nag Hammadi, preaches:

Saying #2

Jesus says: “The one who seeks should not cease seeking until he finds. And when he finds he will be dismayed. And when he is dismayed, he will be astonished, And he will be king over the All.”

“The one who seeks.” Knowing or not, we are all seekers. The problem is that many seek in the wrong place.

Happiness in the wrong place

This reminds me of a Nasrudin tale: Nasrudin, a folkloric character of the Sufi tradition, lost his ring and was searching for it. A friend came and started helping him on the search. After many minutes of fruitless hunt, the friend asked: “Are you sure you lost the ring here?” Nasrudin replied: “I’m sure I didn’t.” The friend was puzzled: “I don’t understand. Why are we searching here?” To what Nasrudin answered: “The place I lost it is too dark. Here, we have the lamp light to ease our search.”

Are you laughing? How many people look for happiness in new houses, new cars, new material goods that cannot be taken to the other life? Like Nasrudin, they may be looking for happiness under the light, because it is easier.

The search for happiness

Doing this pointless search in the first half of live is acceptable. After all, it is a way to strengthen the ego, and we need one for the second half of life, when the search is tougher. But then, we have to change our objectives.

The world myths carry lessons for life, and one I particularly like is Parsifal’s search for the Grail, one of the Arthurian stories. When Parsifal first enters the Grail Castle, he doesn’t know what to ask. He loses his first opportunity. Probably he was thinking of battle victories, fame and treasures. He has to search for many years, suffer, give up, before he returns to the Castle knowing what to do.

Jesus says

Jesus said that “one who seeks should not cease seeking until he finds.” And you will be dismayed by how close you have always been from what you searched. And you will be astonished to find out how simple is the answer to your problems.

“And you will be king over All.” The world is yours, and you are its king. Not the world you were looking for, but the one that really matters. The world of the spirit.

I am Roberto Lima Netto, and I believe that our objective in life is to be happy and that Spirituality and Jungian psychology, my main areas of interest, can help us in this search for happiness. I am a writer. Some of my books are “The Little Prince for Grown-ups“, “The Jungian Bible“, “The Amazon Shaman” and “In Search of Happiness“. I invite you to visit blog and leave your comment at:  www.HappinessAcademyOnline.org.

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I was involved in the business world, as an executive of large companies and university professor since recently. I was the president CSN, the largest steel-mill of Latin America and was responsible for its turn-around. My first encounter with the teachings of the Swiss psychologist C. G. Jung, one of the greatest geniuses of the 20th Century, was during my midlife crisis. Reading "Man and his Symbols" at that time, inspired me to go into Jungian analysis and to begin devouring the writings of Jung and his disciples. Since then, I've been studying psychology, especially Jungian psychology and, after reaching my seventies, I decided to become a full time writer, specializing on books on Jungian psychology and psychological thrillers. Every masterpiece of literature can be absorbed through multiple interpretations, and yield powerful insights for our daily lives. My first Jungian book, “The Little Prince for Grown-ups“, in its fourth edition in Brazil, was based on the famous book of Saint-Exupéry. The second, - “The Jungian Bible” - interprets some stories of the Old Testament and world myths. As I get older and, with a bit of luck, wiser, I want to pass on to the younger generations the lessons life has taught me. Jesus Christ taught that it was easier to sell ideas with stories. Following the Master, I published in English "The Amazon Shaman" and "In Search of Happiness", two psychological thrillers around the theme of happiness.

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