Meditation and Other Spiritual Practices
Interestingly enough in the Gospel of Thomas, Jesus does not set down a list of religious practices for his students to follow. Instead he challenges them with the notion to be authentic. If you do religious practices while wishing you did not have to.. he lets you off the hook. "Do not do what you hate. Do not lie" he says. Jesus in the Gospel of Thomas is not one who supports nor neglects religion. He seems to support what is skillful in remembering your true nature, and to disdain that which demeans the person. How beautiful this teaching is. How hard for someone who comes from a religion of works to deal with!