The Second Coming of Reb YHShWH
Carlo Suares was a biblical scholar and extraordinary student of the Kabbalah who developed a very personal, idiosyncratic, and compelling vision of mystical Christianity. He speaks in beautiful language, imagery, and poetical mystical concepts to the modern seeker of a genuine relationship with the divine.
His focus in this book is the so-called second coming of Jesus, or the Reb Yhshwh, as he insists on calling him (doing the Reb, he says, the courtesy of calling him by his real name, as well as attempting to shed, by this simple act, the overlay of Hellenistic mystery religion grafted on to Yhshwh's thoroughly semitic teaching by the Hellenistically educated and influenced evangelists, Paul in particular). To him, the second coming is an immanent event in the here and now, happening within consciousness. It is a dual movement towards monistic consciousness while still being rooted in the personal perspective of the individual. A non-dual awareness and vision of form and emptiness, the noumenal and the phenomenal, the sacred and profane, unity and diversity, results from this movement inconsciousness. He provides straightforward, as well as interpretive and Kabbalistic, references to both the Canonical and Gnostic gospels to make his point, consistently using the figure of Peter, "the Rock," in both his roles as founder of the hierarchical church and the disciple who's consciousness was most rooted in materialism, as a counterpoint to the consciousness Yhshwh enables and opens in humanity. That consciousness has much in common with that described in the literature of other non-dual mystical philosophies, such as Advaita Vedanta, Mahayana Buddhism, and Hindu Tantra, but Suares' spin on it remains very much his own and never sinks to the level of the generic spiritual insight.
This is a complex and wonderful book, challenging the reader, and going way beyond the superficial treatments of mystical Christianity that are currently popular in the New Age press. Suares seeks not to convince, but rather, to allow his readers to think, feel, and experience directly, for themselves, in a spiritual fashion. He seeks to give a taste of Gnosis, the Gnosis offered by Reb Yhshwh, whom he unabashedly claims as his spiritual inspiration and teacher, while thoroughly rejecting mainstream churches of every persuasion.
In the current renaissance of interest in both historical and contemporary Gnosticism, Carlo Suares is a name that is not well known, but needs to be. - Review by Tom Nash
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Oh Jesus I Love you, and I Love Buddha too, Rama Krishna, Guru Dev, Dao de Jing and Mohammad.
These are (some of) the secret sayings that the living Jesus spoke and Didymos Judas Thomas recorded:
1. And he said, "Whoever discovers the interpretation of these sayings will not taste death."
2. Jesus said, "Those who seek should not stop seeking until they find. When they find, they will be disturbed. When they are disturbed, they will marvel, and will reign over all. [And after they have reigned they will rest.]"
3. Jesus said, "If your leaders say to you, 'Look, the (Father's) kingdom is in the sky,' then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, 'It is in the sea,' then the fish will precede you. Rather, the (Father's) kingdom is within you and it is outside you.
When you know yourselves, then you will be known, and you will understand that you are children of the living Father. But if you do not know yourselves, then you live in poverty, and you are the poverty."
4. Jesus said, "The person old in days won't hesitate to ask a little child seven days old about the place of life, and that person will live.
For many of the first will be last, and will become a single One."
5. Jesus said, "Know what is in front of your face, and what is hidden from you will be disclosed to you. For there is nothing hidden that will not be revealed. [And there is nothing buried that will not be raised.]"
18. The disciples said to Jesus, "Tell us, how will our end come?"
Jesus said, "Have you found the beginning, then, that you are looking for the end? You see, the end will be where the beginning is.
Congratulations to the one who stands at the beginning: that one will know the end and will not taste death."
19. Jesus said, "Congratulations to the one who came into being before coming into being.
77. Jesus said, "I am the light that is over all things. I am all: from me all came forth, and to me all attained. Split a piece of wood; I am there.
Lift up the stone, and you will find me there."
48. Jesus said, "If two make peace with each other in a single house, they will say to the mountain, 'Move from here!' and it will move."
49. Jesus said, "Congratulations to those who are alone and chosen, for you will find the kingdom. For you have come from it, and you will return there again."
50. Jesus said, "If they say to you, 'Where have you come from?' say to them, 'We have come from the light, from the place where the light came into being by itself, established [itself], and appeared in their image.'
113. His disciples said to him, "When will the kingdom come?"
"It will not come by watching for it. It will not be said, 'Look, here!' or 'Look, there!' Rather, the Father's kingdom is spread out upon the earth, and people don't see it."
The Gospel of Thomas (Sayings of Jesus / Logia)