The Gospel of Philip was discovered in Nag Hammadi, Egypt, and is dated between 180-350 CE.

In Philip we learn more of Christ’s yogic teachings on nonduality and learn transcendence over the passions of the mind. Judgments create duality; the mind creates opposites, and the senses differentiate, but the consciousness is unchanging and remains the same. Here, Jesus is on record as saying to the Christians of Israel:

“Light and darkness, life and death, right and left, are brothers of one another. They are inseparable. Because of this neither are the good good, nor the evil evil, nor is life life, nor death death. For this reason each one will dissolve into the earliest origin. But those who are exalted above the world are indissoluble, eternal.”

As the disciples are having difficulty trying to comprehend the incomprehensible, Jesus explains the self-reflective quality of consciousness to them. He guides his followers to look beyond their eyes and expand their awareness beyond the faculties of their mind and senses to realize the eternal nature of their own being.

All appearances are temporal and fleeting, and not ultimately real; what is eternal, unchanging, and present is real. Duality of senses creates an illusion that the mind takes to be real. Our ideas of good and evil are created in our mind, and what we think we project into our mind’s sense of reality. In other words, our own mind distorts reality depending on what beliefs you hold.

Your consciousness must transcend the trammels of the mind and senses in order to realize God. Our minds are like instruments that are only calibrated to measure a small gradation of the divine expression we call life. This is why we meditate — to be present with the eternal presence, the undifferentiated whole.

The consciousness itself is unfettered, undivided, and whole. Only the mind creates divisions, conflict, and the illusion of being separate from God. This delusion of separation from God is man’s fall from grace, which is the underlying cause of mankind’s suffering. Our mind creates a sense of “I” that distinguishes us from our true nature, which is always with the Father — Abba. Jesus further explains:

“It is not possible for anyone to see anything of the things that actually exist unless he becomes like them. This is not the way with man in the world; he sees the sun without being a sun; and he and he sees the heaven and earth and all other things, but he is not these things. This is quite in keeping with the truth.”

What is real is eternal, unchanging, and undifferentiated; what is temporal and fleeting is unreal. As long as we keep looking outside of ourselves, through our mind and senses, we only see the illusion of being separate from God, but when you go within and see who you are, then all becomes revealed, like stepping back from a microscope.

The world around you is a reflection of your state of consciousness, and your state of consciousness is reflected in how you see the world, Jesus goes on further to explain this:

“You saw the spirit (realized it) you became the spirit. You saw Christ you became Christ. You saw the Father, you shall become the Father.”

You “saw the spirit” within you and realized it was you. You realized who Christ is, and you became one with him. You see what God is, and you will realize you are of the same consciousness. Your individual form is like a cell in the body of God. But you are not the cell; you are that which is life itself within you and around you.

This quest to “know thy self” serves as the central theme in all these gospels, and self-knowledge serves as the vehicle for entering the kingdom. In the Gospel of Philip Jesus goes on to explain:

“It is not necessary for those who possess everything to know themselves? Some indeed, if they do not know themselves, they will not enjoy what they possess. But those who have come to know themselves will enjoy their possessions.”

~ From: Christ Enlightened: The Lost Teachings of Jesus Unveiled p. 114, by Steven S SadleIr

Insights from the Gospel of Philip

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