The Gospel of Thomas: Saying Three - What Would Aqua Man Do?

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.

I do no think Jesus was giving us instructions on following animals in Saying Three.  Like all the other sayings, it's an allegory.  If you compare the Yoga Sutras to the Gospel of Thomas, you will see the similarities between the format, but the GOT uses more symbolism.  I'm going to need the help of my least favorite Justice League member to break this down.

Aqua Man is prince of Atlantis.  He rules under the sea, where he gets fish to do all his work by using his telepathy.  I have a beef with Aqua Man.  He gets sea creatures to do all his dirty work, especially in the 70's cartoon version of the Super Friends.

I mean, dude gets himself stuck in a net, so he summons a gaggle of sword fish to cut him free.

"Aqua Man uses his telepathic powers to brainwash fish into doing his bidding  Today we have religious leaders telling us what think, where to go and what moral dictates to follow in order to become one with God.   In eastern philosophical tradition, it is said, once a spiritual leaders dies, his teachings die with him.  It is up to the followers of that leader to interpret the changes and filter them through their perspective.  In this manner, core spiritual teachings can be passed on to new generations without dogma developing.

This is how religion can evolve.

Jesus is telling us to look for the kingdom of God within ourselves.  Your inner kingdom is a reflection of the outer kingdom.  If you change yourself internally, you will see the changes reflected externally.

Another perspective on this is that Jesus is talking about the concept of duality.  Gnostics believe that the universe that lies within is a reflection of the universe that we perceive.  Essentially, trying to change the outside universe is nothing more then us trying to change our internal universe through external action.  We can observe our internal universe in the external universe through awareness.  All the world is a stage, and we are telepathic fish wranglers