The Lost Gospel of Thomas
These are the secret sayings which the living Yeshua spoke and which Didymos Judas Thomas wrote down.
(3) Yeshua said, "The Kingdom is inside of you, and it is outside of you. When you come to know yourselves, then
you will become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living Father. But if you will not
know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty." [Kingdom in Aramaic was in the feminine
shall we observe?"
Yeshua replied, "Do not tell lies, and do not do what you hate, for all things are plain in the sight of heaven.
For nothing covered will remain without being uncovered."
(10) "I have cast fire upon the world, and see, I am guarding it until it blazes."
(13) Yeshua asked his disciples, "Compare me to someone and tell me whom I am like."
Simon Peter said to him, "You are like a righteous angel."
Matthew said to him, "You are like a wise philosopher."
Thomas said to him, "Master, my mouth is wholly incapable of saying whom you are like."
Yeshua said, "I am not your master. Because you have drunk, you have become intoxicated from the
bubbling spring which I have given out."
(14) "What goes into your mouth will not defile you, but that which issues from your mouth - it is that which will
Yeshua replied "Have you discovered, then, the beginning, that you look for the end? For where the
beginning is, there will the end be. Blessed is he who will take his place in the beginning; he will know the
end and will not experience death."
(21) Mary said to Yeshua, "Whom are your disciples like?"
Yeshua replied. "If the owner of a house knows that a thief is coming, he will stay awake and not let him break in.
You, then, be on your guard against the world. Arm yourselves with strength lest the thieves break in, for the
emergency which you expect may indeed materialize. Let there be among you one of understanding. Like when
the grain ripens, he who will quickly reap and secure it. Whoever has ears to hear, let him hear."
They said to him, "Shall we then, as children, enter the kingdom?"
Yeshua replied, "When you make the two one, and when you make the inside like the outside and the
outside like the inside, and the above like the below, and when you make the male and the female one and
the same, so that the male not be male nor the female female; and when you fashion… a likeness in place
of a likeness; then will you enter the Kingdom."
(28) Yeshua said, "I took my place in the midst of the world, and I appeared to them in flesh. I found all of them
intoxicated; I found none of them thirsty. And my soul became afflicted for the sons of men, because they are
blind in their hearts and do not have sight; for empty they came into the world, and empty too they seek to leave
the world. But for the moment they are intoxicated. When they shake off their wine, then they will repent." [repent
is better translated as 'turn within' in Aramaic]
(39) "The Pharisees and the scribes have taken the keys of wisdom [gnosis, jnana in Sanscrit] and hidden them.
They themselves have not entered, nor have they allowed to enter those who wish to. You, however, be as wise
as serpents and as innocent as doves."
(50) Yeshua said to his disciples, "If they say to you, 'Where did you come from?', say to them, 'We came from the
Light, the place where the Light came into being on its own accord and established itself and became manifest
through their image.' If they say to you, 'Is it you?', say, 'We are its children, we are the elect of the living Father.'
If they ask you, 'What is the sign of your Father in you?', say to them, 'It is movement and rest.'"
He said to them, "While it is alive, he will not eat it, but only when he has killed it and it has become a
They said to him, "He cannot do so otherwise."
He said to them, "You too, look for a place for yourself within repose, lest you become a corpse and be
(72) A man said to him, "Tell my brothers to divide my father's possessions with me."
Yeshua said to him, "O man, who has made me a divider?"
He turned to his disciples and said, "I am not a divider, am I?"
come forth, and unto me did the all extend. Split a piece of wood, and I am there. Lift up the stone, and you
will find me there."
(87) "Wretched is the body that is dependent upon a body, and wretched is the soul that is dependent on these
(96) "The Kingdom of the Father is like a certain woman. She took a little leaven, concealed it in some dough, and
made it into large loaves. Let him who has ears hear."
walking on the road, still some distance from home, the handle of the jar broke and the meal emptied out
behind her on the road. She did not realize it; she had noticed no accident. When she reached her house,
she set the jar down and found it empty."
(102) "Woe to the Pharisees, for they are like a dog sleeping in the manger of oxen, for neither does he eat nor
does he let the oxen eat."
the Kingdom of the Father is spread out upon the Earth, and men do not see it."
In 1945 a collection of ancient scripts were discovered in Nag Hammadi, Upper Egypt. They included long-lost
"gospels" that were popular with the first Christians, among which this Gospel of Thomas may have been one of
the earliest. In 320 AD a Council of Bishops met at Nicea, Turkey and invented the Bible. They threw in a whole
lot of Jewish mythological history, selected out the 4 more biographical gospels we all know, perhaps made
changes to suit them – and ordered all other beloved texts burned -- everywhere! What nerve!
These "lost gospels" focused on a purely spiritual message that did not fit with the picture of an iconic Jesus, the
"lord" that the Bishops wanted. Fortunately, some farsighted soul preserved and hid these texts from the eyes of
the authorities and now 2000 years later they have come to light again. They are being called the Gnostic
Gospels. Of course, the established religions for the most part refer to them as heresies. We who know the inner
life usually resonate with these teachings. They are inspiring and instructive! Among them the Gospel of Thomas
particularly stands out. It is significant that Thomas was, after the period of his discipleship, said to have been
sent by Jesus to the Eastern lands. There is also a fascinating text about his travels.
(Even the text I quote here may have been altered before it was banned. I myself have readjusted some of
Lambda's translation to make it more understandable.)