This is one of those logia that doesn’t sit right with our modern sensibilities. As is the case with each logion we are to sit with it and meditate until it is revealed to us.
The more frustrating a saying of Yeshua may appear the deeper the truth it contains right?
I’ve spent months wrestling with this one. Applying all of the scholarly intellect I could muster while doing as the prophets suggested and writing it on my heart.
All that mental and emotional energy has felt wasted looking at saying 114 through western eyes.
Then it hit me.
Saint Thomas spent quite some time in his native Palestine before making one final trip to Ephesus to attend the Virgin Mary’s funeral. From there, as the legends tell us, he and several members of the Qumran community headed into India.
When one considers how Hindu philosophers would read the Gospel of Thomas saying 114 instantly makes sense.
Brahmins in Kashmir wouldn’t need all of the background information on the Songs of Solomon or discourses covering the Wedding At Cana to understand the mystic truth and mission of Yeshua. They could simply be given a sentence that alluded to their own religious tradition.
A living Spirit is one who is consciously aware of union of two energies within them. Shakti is brought into union with Shiva right? This is the basic transformation many yogis aspire to achieve; divine union within.
It’s so simple I almost missed it.