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Enigmatic Sayings of Jesus: The Gospel of Thomas #1

Let’s fly with Jesus enigmatic sayings

In the year 367 A.C. Athanasius, bishop of Alexandria, ordered all the books he considered heretic or Gnostic destroyed. Fortunately, some monks didn’t agree and buried several ones in a jar in a hillside near the city of Nag Hammadi in Egypt. In 1945. They were unearthed, and the Gospel of Thomas was one of the pearls recovered. It contains 114 precious sayings of Jesus.

The Gospel of Thomas is not easy to understand. Being very spiritual, it does not conform with the materialist view that prevails in the world today. That is why I place these sayings among the enigmatic sayings of Jesus.

Saying #1:

These are the hidden words that the living Jesus spoke, And Didymus Judas Thomas wrote them down:

And he said: “Whoever finds the meaning of these words will not taste death.”

 

All of us have a soul – better to say, are a soul – and this soul is immortal. But we, Westerners, do not recognize it. The Eastern religions, which preach reincarnation, says that the body is only a temporary clothing that our soul carries for this life on earth.

Jesus always gave high priority to the soul, being the body only a temporary carrier of the soul. He preached absolute priority for the soul, the immortal soul.

Whoever finds the meaning of these words will not taste death. The body will die, will decompose, its molecules may enter other organisms, but we – the soul – are immortal, will not taste death.

Roberto Lima Netto believes that our objective in life is to be happy, and that Spirituality and Jungian psychology, his main areas of interest, can help us in this search for happiness. He is the author of several books, including “The Little Prince for Grown-ups”  and  “The Jungian Bible” . His blog is 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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