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Thought of the Day: Total Surrender to God

Sayings Unit #40: Have and Receive

Whoever has something in hand (=surrenders what they have to God) will be given more, and whoever has nothing (in hand =does not surrender what they have to God) will be deprived of even the little that person has. Jesus, Thomas 41:1-2.

This important teaching was also preserved in Sayings Gospel Q (2Q/Luke 19:-26 = Matthew 25:29) and Mark 4:25 (= Matthew 13:12b = Luke 8:18b). However, in Q and Mark the hand metaphor has disappeared, rendering the original meaning of the aphorism unintelligible. Hand metaphaphors appear often in the teachings of the historical Jesus, and in Sayings Unit #40 the meaning is total surrender to God. Total surrender to God is the fifth niyama (internal ethical observance) of yoga.
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Jesus’ invitation to his followers to live in the kingdom of heaven was and is an invitation to live in the infinitude of God; to examine and live in the kernel of the present moment. (Thomas 91:1-2) Divorced from the past, all future expectations surrendered and living in the infinity of present moments, juxtaposed and discrete, Jesus invited one to a pure state of sentient awareness, without form and in union with God.
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From the #QFTK website (in the link):

"This #book examines the mysticism and teachings of the historical #Jesus about the #kingdom of #God (heaven) and #spiritual cultivation. His insistence that #heaven is accessible to people in the present rather than after a future apocalypse was poorly understood during his two-year ministry. The #mysticism of Jesus was largely lost soon after his death. The very apocalyptic end-of-times myths he opposed were read back into his teachings by the early #Jewish #Christian evangelists and became the basis for the subsequent evolution of Christian #theology.
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"It is rare for a book on Christian theology to break ground and this book does this on two fronts: the striking parallel of Jesus’ teachings with the ancient mysticism of #yoga and the equally fascinating parallel between Jesus’ #healing techniques and the practices of modern psychotherapists like #Freud. Together these two surprising parallels are a fascinating new breakthrough in our understanding of the teachings of the historical Jesus and an accomplishment that sets this book apart from the pack."

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