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Passerby Vedanta - A Way on the Way

I have been contemplating designing system of practices and teachings that are based upon the Gospel of Thomas in a universalist way...a way that recognizes similar teachings in the teachings of the Buddha, the Upanishads, and the Bhagavad Gita.  I am convinced that the teachings of Jesus in the Gospel of Thomas are same as the teachings found within Vedanta.  Vedanta originating in India and the fact that Thomas was reportedly martyred there are not lost on me.  I have decided to name this system of practices Passerby Vedanta.  Passerby because the GoT challenges us to never stop on this path. Vedanta because the way we travel on is the same as those who practice Vedanta.  I am a teacher and priest with a lineage and yet have largely neglected serving the people through teaching.  My work is done through service to children in poverty.  But I also feel that urge to teach.  And so I will.  I will share my way here.  Any who want to join in along the way with me are welcome.  Let's…

The Thomasine Approach to Religion

I was meditating on the Saying 3 in the Gospel of Thomas which says:
Jesus said, "If your leaders say to you, 'Look, the kingdom is in the sky,' then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, 'It is in the sea,' then the fish will precede you. Rather, the (Father's) kingdom is within 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 live in poverty, and you are the poverty."

The message of the Gospel of Thomas is one of personal validation.  Each person must realize it or know (gnosis) it for themselves.  We cannot only rely on the words of others including the words of Jesus.  Words and teachings of those who have awakened are a road we travel on.  They are a finger pointing us to the moon.  But knowing the words of the teaching, knowing their beauty, contemplating their meaning are practices on the pa…