Are These the Secret Teachings of Judas Iscariot?
Winner Best Book 2009 in category Christianity (USA Book News)
The Flight of the Feathered Serpent is an incredible true story that brought to light the real character of Judas and his divine role appointed by Jesus when it was first published in 1953, decades before the ancient text the Gospel of Judas had been discovered revealing the same.
Written by journalist Armando Cosani against the backdrop of the Second World War, it contains his account of his meeting and ensuing friendship with a mysterious man who changes his life and leaves him with a profound set of writings that include a firsthand, never before seen account of Judas’s life with Jesus and the events leading up to the betrayal.
These writings contain teachings of both Judas and Jesus which reveal the deeper esoteric meaning of Jesus’s message. A miraculous work – this is one of the great spiritual teachings of any age, imbued with a rare wisdom found only in the most revered of sacred texts.
Could these be the teachings of Judas Iscariot and his account of his relationship with Jesus? Could this be Judas’s attempt to clear his name in an effort to change the world’s perceptions and help humanity in its spiritual quest? This book is a must read for anyone interested in the meaning of life and the deeper message of Jesus.
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Does the man whose name is synonymous with the word ‘traitor’ have anything to teach us? “The Flight of the Feathered Serpent: Are These the Secret Teachings of Judas Iscariot?” is one man’s true story connected to the gospel of one of Christianity’s alleged villains, Judas. When a journalist discovered these writings and their purpose (perhaps a justification for the actions of Judas?), he experienced an epiphany that changed his life forever. “The Flight of the Feathered Serpent” is an expertly crafted work of spirituality, highly recommended.
Quotes from the Book
“The mystery of Judas is one of the mysteries that most confuses us. Jesus knew that he was going to die. More even, he knew how he was going to die. His death was already predetermined, so then there was no room for betrayal. For any betrayal requires the element of trust based on ignorance. Think about it a little, since Jesus insisted that he chose the twelve and that one of them was the devil. Looking at the facts retrospectively, it is very easy to judge and condemn Judas based on what others interpret. But to unravel the mystery by oneself driven by the eagerness to know the truth, is another thing. We all carry a Judas within, as we have a Baptist, a Peter, a John and almost every character that appears in the Gospels. If we understand that these writings are about the internal development of man, we start to see the legion of characters within ourselves, as well as the facts and events that connect them.”
“Judas, beloved of my heart, what you have seen, keep it quiet, for my hour has not yet arrived. And it is necessary that destiny is fulfilled, and you will help me in it.”
~ Jesus to Judas
He explained to me many things that he did not explain to the others then. And when I asked him for what reason he isolated me in this way from the others, he [Jesus] said to me, “They sleep with a tranquil heart because they have found part of what they are looking for, but you, Judas, you haven’t found yours and your cup will be bitter to drink, but your reward will be greater in Heaven. Behold that a great storm will come upon us all and there will be worry in the tranquil heart, but yours will be shaken in its solitude and will find peace only in the joy of the Lord when the law has been fulfilled. And when everything has passed, my words will resound until the end of the centuries, for everything will pass but they will not pass.”
About the Gospel of Judas
.The Gospel of Judas is an esoteric Christian text dated to at least as early as 180 AD when it was denounced as heresy by the Christian priest Irenaus in his work “Against Heresies”. It was one of many esoteric Christian texts which were banned by the early Church, never allowed into the Bible, and that disappeared for nearly two thousand years.
So named because it is a Gospel written from the point of view of Judas, it begins “The secret account of the revelation that Jesus spoke in conversation with Judas Iscariot during a week three days before he celebrated Passover.”
When its English translation was released for the first time in 2006 by National Geographic (after the only known surviving ancient copy of it resurfaced in the 1970s) it challenged long held orthodox beliefs about the character of Judas, as the ancient text revealed that Jesus had actually arranged the betrayal with Judas, an advanced disciple, as part of a divine plan for his life. Not only that, but it also challenged the mainstream interpretation of Jesus’s teachings. The Gospel of Judas shows that Jesus had not only planned to leave behind a spiritual teaching in his words, but also through the events of his own life – confirming the esoteric understanding mystics have had about Jesus’s life since the time of the disciples who received this more advanced teaching.
Frieda Nussberger-Tchacos, the antiquities dealer who decided to rescue the deteriorating text (resulting in the text being named Codex Tchacos after her), said she felt Judas himself impelling her to bring his story to the world. Full of incredible wisdom, the Gospel of Judas has emerged through centuries of suppression to give us a much richer and more complete picture of what happened all that time ago, and tell us that there is a much deeper and more profound side to Jesus’s teachings which can be explored and experienced.
“But you will exceed all of them. For you will sacrifice the man that clothes me. Already your horn has been raised, your wrath has been kindled, your star has shone brightly, and your heart has [...].”
~ Jesus to Judas
“You will become the thirteenth, and you will be cursed by the other generations—and you will come to rule over them. In the last days they will curse your ascent to the holy [generation].”
~ Jesus to Judas
“Step away from the others and I shall tell you the mysteries of the kingdom. It is possible for you to reach it, but you will grieve a great deal.”
~ Jesus to Judas
“Look, you have been told everything. Lift up your eyes and look at the cloud and the light within it and the stars surrounding it. The star that leads the way is your star.”
~ Jesus to Judas