Do the Dead See The Living?

Jesus said, "Look to the living one for as long as you live, otherwise what happens when you die and then try to see the living one, and you won't be able to see."  Gospel of Thomas 59

For those of us brought up in orthodox Christian homes, your mind may read living one and interpret it as Jesus.  But upon reading the larger message of the Gospel of Thomas, I do not believe that this was what Jesus meant.  The living one...is that of God within you.  Buddhists call it the Buddha Nature.  Hindus call it the Atman.  Upon reading this I am reminded of the first two sayings in the Dhammapada, the sayings of the Buddha: 
All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him, as the wheel follows the foot of the ox that draws the carriage.  All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him. Dhammapada 1:1-2

Jesus like the Buddha, challenges us to wake up today, now.  What we set our minds on, affect us.  If a person contemplated the kingdom within, they will learn to see the kingdom within and without.  If a person does not uncover the light within, but buries it in error, then it is harder to see ones way.  Dying without uncovering this light...means that you have covered this light with your own man-made hells.  I do not believe in an eternal hell.  I believe every person will without fail achieve gnosis and realization of the self.   But those who do not uncover that spark of God within will have to do it...whether after death or in another life.  This process of getting all the dung off of our inner jewel can be hard work.  But it is worth it.

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