The Treasure within: an esoteric interpretation of Logion 109 in the Gospel of Thomas

The empyreal sovereignty can be compared to a man who unknowingly had a treasure [hidden] in his field and, [after] his death, he left it to his [son]. The son did not know (either). He took over the field (and) gave it [away]; [and] whoever bought it went plowing and [stumbled upon] the treasure. He began to give money at interest to whom he loved.

The parable speaks of the owner of a field, his son who inherits the field, and a buyer to whom the later gives the field away. These three individuals represent the three orientations of the soul alternatively called angelic (the last owner), psychical (the second owner), and earthly (the first owner) by the Naassene (according to the second-third century Christian theologian Hippolytus of Rome) or pneumatici (“those of the Spirit,” the initiands or gnostici), the psychici, and hylici by the Valentinian Gnostics. In A Book to Free the Soul, I refer to them as the initiands (Gnostics), the easy believers, and the materialists.

Nicholas Roerich, Lamas-reapers, 1937

The materialist is incognizant of the inner spiritual dimension. The easy believers have an inner spiritual life but do not probe its depths. They prefer to relinquish analytical thinking and surrender their mind to the purveyors of spirituality who will map for them the territory within. Only the initiand invests completely in the inner field where she finds the hidden treasure, the liberating gnosis revealed by the angel of the innermost. She then shares the sacred knowledge (metaphorically “the money,” because of its value) with those who are closest to her and reaps the benefits (interests) of passing on what she has learnt. Indeed, the reward is an even greater depth of knowledge. As Manly P. Hall wrote:

In things pertaining to occult philosophy, … if the lay instructor is actually in contact with the higher worlds he will learn far more while he is teaching than will those to whom he is explaining the subject under discussion.

Spiritual Centers in Man, 1978
Vincent Van Gogh, Wheatfield with a Reaper

This post is a modified version of an excerpt from A Book to Free the Soul

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