OM in the Gospel of Thomas

In the Gospel of Thomas, Jesus (Yeshua, in Hebrew and Aramaic) says “If those who lead you say ‘look, the Kingdom of Heaven in the sky’ then the birds of the sky will precede you. If those who lead you say ‘It is in the sea’ then the fish will precede you. Rather (I tell you) the Kingdom of Heaven is within you (inside of you) and without you (outside of you). When you come to know yourselves, then the true you will be known and you will realize that you are the children of the Living Father. But, if you do not come to this knowledge and understanding, then you live and exist in poverty, and you are poverty.” What does Jesus mean by this? Here are my two cents…

The Sacred Syllable or Divine Sound Invocation “OM” is who we are. OM is the Name and Perfect Sound Form of God and all of creation. OM is nonduality. Within OM, all duality ends and there is only oneness and perfect union between Creator and Creation. So, if you do not come into the actual awareness of OM, you will only see things from the superficial and materialistic side of life. But we are more than this. We are spiritual beings. God also is the Ultimate Spiritual Being. So, with that said, OM is the perfect invocation that allows us to know ourselves and God, together, and through OM we have our relationship with God. OM is our Spiritual Wealth because OM is transcendent to the transient nature of material life and creation. OM is Eternal. OM is the indestructible, says the Upanishads. OM is the very essence of I AM (how both Jesus and God the Father identify themselves in the Bible). OM is who we are – both internally and externally. As the Mandukya Upanishad declares “all this is OM”. Indeed. Amen.

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