6 April 2006
The emergence of the 'Gospel of Judas' is fascinating, especially amidst the current frenzy over
'The DaVinci Code,' and issues regarding the Knights Templar and the continuing blood line of
Jesus. One wonders why it is just surfacing though it was, according to your April 6th article,
discovered in Egypt thirty-some years ago and bought by Frieda Nussberger-Tchacos six years
ago. I found it difficult to follow the history of the codex. No date was given for when it was
turned over to the Maecenas Foundation for conservation and translation and how and when that
was taken up by the National Geographic Society. Any clarity on these details would be
The article is quite the advertisement for James Robinson's book, "The Secrets of Judas:
The Story of the Misunderstood Disciple and his Lost Gospel" (Harper San Francisco, April
2006). I have not yet had the time to run to the bookstore to get my copy, along with the other
millions of people who will be very interested in this important story of Judas redeemed.
My own interest in the story has less to do with Jesus and Judas per se, but rather more
with the subjects of which they spoke and how these subjects can be understood in a new light
that might help put our 'aeon' long fixation with Jesus and currently, with his bloodline, in its
place and help us get on with the demands of our current 'aeon' or age. Jesus spoke to his
disciples about a superior 'generation' yet to come. He is credited as saying, 'no one born [of]
this aeon will see that [generation]'. 'That generation' was described as 'Self-Generating' from
an Immortal or eternal realm. He often speaks in terms of the Cosmos. One equipped with a bare
minimum of cosmological knowledge can decipher that the 12 luminaries Jesus is describing
represent the twelve months of the year or the twelve 2160- year aeons or astrological ages of the
25,920 year precession of the equinoxes as well as larger cycles of time (larger multiples of the
Precession). Can we bring ourselves to admit that Jesus was well aware that 360 degrees of
celestial longitude of the celestial equator, when divided in 12 segments ('portions of heaven')
formed the Zodiac. Incredulous? Please note that the name of the wife of Adam in this 'gospel',
is 'Zoe' - the root of 'zodiac'.
In Vedic scriptures, the Year, whether it be the 360 degree year or the 360 degree Great
Year of the Precession, is known as 'the sacrifice.' So all of this talk of sacrifice in the codex,
can be much better understood if one considers that Jesus was talking about a process in Time, to
which every thing is sacrificed, involving multiple aeons, and cycles of time. Is it so very
outrageous to imagine that the material Cosmos might wish to gestate or evolve a being superior
to man, as it once succeeded in evolving man from the animal? We might consider that Jesus was
speaking of the natural course of evolution, that he was telling his disciples that, like it or not,
they were born of the mental evolution, an evolution which succeeded the lower (physical and
animal) realms. He taught that the superior generation would come in another age.
This teaching, recorded in the 'Gospel of Judas', regarding the inevitable evolution of a
superior generation is demystified and fully expounded upon in the work of the sage, Sri
Aurobindo (1872-1950) and in the work of his yogic counterpart, the Mother of Pondicherry,
India (1878-1973). What Jesus called, 'That generation', Sri Aurobindo termed, the
'Supramental Race.' He and the Mother wrote tens of thousands of pages on the subject. The
Mother made several declarations, one in 1956 and others in 1969 regarding the arrival and
establishment of the Supramental 'seed' - the seed of the new race (recorded in The Mother's
Agenda) spoken of (apparently) by Jesus. In 1970, the Mother ordered the construction of a
Temple in Auroville, India - a great room with 12 pillars surrounding a central luminous core -
which was to be the symbol of the future realization of the Supramental being. (See www.matacom.com for details surrounding the faulty execution of that vision.)
Subsequently, in 1971, Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet (1938) arrived in Pondicherry and began
contributing to the process of unveiling and demystifying the "Supramental" evolution. Over the
next 35 years, her work was mostly ill-received by remaining students at the Sri Aurobindo
Ashram, the Temple community in Auroville and by various religious and secular interests,
largely because of its cosmological nature. Ms. Norelli-Bachelet's body of work is an
unprecidented presentation (at least in our lifetime) of cosmological knowledge by which some
may perceive, follow and participate in the unfolding of the new order of being, spoken of by
Jesus as 'That generation'. In her book, The Hidden Manna, she interprets the entirety of St.
John's Revelation ('The Apocalypse') in cosmological/zodiacal terms.
My interest in writing this letter is the sincere wish that your readers might not only be
directed like cows towards the next anti-Christian-establishment best seller (which I will
probably soon purchase), but perhaps some could benefit from the suggestion that all this Christ-lore
be seen and appreciated in terms of a higher knowledge, which involves an un-thought of
resolution of matter and spirit (science and religion) and a unification of the multitude of
individual wills towards a truer vision of our collective history, our current growing pains, and
our destiny as a race. We certainly appear to be highly motivated to ferret out the meaning of the
ancients and the prophets and the secrets of Knights of the Templars and various sacred texts at
our disposal. Perhaps we can all be spared some grief and spared more stabbing around in the
dark by becoming aware of the spiritual, cosmological and practical teachings of a line of sages
born into our own aeon * who knew themselves to be the seed of the superior 'generation'
spoken of by prophets of various civilizations.
In the popular new age magazine, What is Enlightenment?, renowned spiritual teachers
Ken Wilber and Andrew Cohen discuss their understanding of 'Evolutionary Enlightenment'.
This idea, they would both hopefully admit, came from Sri Aurobindo's evolutionary perspective
that man's goal is not a static or other-worldly enlightenment, such as the Buddhist's 'Nirvana'
or the Judeo-Christian or Muslim 'Heaven', but rather a progressive realization of a Unity
Consciousness on Earth. Cohen and Wilber agree in their 'Guru and Pandit' discussions
(published in WIE magazine) that 'Evolutionary Enlightenment' is very possibly man's next
religion. Well, my wish is that perhaps our world can be spared any new 'religion' and that we
can actually engage in a radical receptivity to a superior truth (and demonstrate a radical will to
nurture that truth) which exceeds and rectifies our current disharmonious and ill-coordinated
One must wonder at this point in our collective journey as a race, what could possibly
unite, on our planet, all that has been divided so convincingly? What could possibly harmonize
the disharmony? What could possibly usher in the enlightened Gnostic Society that is spoken of
as an inevitable evolution in ancient texts and prophecies such as the Codex Tchacos, St. John's
Apocalypse, the Mayan Codices, and the Rig Veda?
When I think of the massive teaching regarding the Supramental Being which has
spanned our past century with amazing continuity of focus and force - the volumes and volumes
of knowledge of a higher order of being written by of Sri Aurobindo, the Mother, and Patrizia
Norelli-Bachelet - I think of Jesus's comment to Judas:
'Look, you have been told everything.
Lift up your eyes and look at the cloud and the light
and the stars surrounding it.
The star that leads the way is your star.'
© Lori Tompkins 2006
Judas, Scorpio and the Last Supper
Judas and the Supramental Cosmology
Zodiacal and Cosmological References in the Gospel of Judas