A person of advanced age
must go immediately and
ask an infant born just
seven days ago about life’s source.
Such asking leads to life
when what is first becomes last.
United, they become a single whole.
The First Response:
Time and space touch fingertips-
advanced age and birth,
immediate and timeless,
verbal and non-verbal,
first and last
all sliding together into unity,
through the very lens of
Journey through Logos:
As we begin to explore the act of searching, we are immediately brought into the presence of paradox with this logion--beginnings and endings, first and last, verbal and non-verbal are all at play, moving toward a recognition of their shared unity. Yeshua couches the truth in the simplest of motions, of going to the side of a baby and seeing the human face of the Beginning time.
And yet, if we move out of the abstract, back to a lived experience, we can see how a baby rests, its belly rising and falling effortlessly with the breath. If all is well with him or her, cries will be heard and responded to, needs will be met, arms will enfold and sweep the small bundle into the daily chores in gentle participation. For the infant, there is only now, but it is a deeply relational now. To see this, all that is required of us is simple attention to something small, non-aggressive, and quite unremarkable really. Yet the seeing also requires of us to acknowledge the tremendous responsibility, respect and tenderness such an encounter evokes within us as well. Yeshua is not saying we should lose our discernment and be like an infant. Instead, he requires us to to pay attention to the continuity between our beginnings and now.
To see this with attention also means we will begin to recognize how we ourselves can expect to meet and be met by God in our search for union, the God who is ever at the beginning place, the now and the very end of the caravan of life.
Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:
If you look carefully at the visual representations of Krishna as a baby with his mother or illustrations of Parvati Devi (synonymous with Shakti, the female aspect of the divine) suckling the elephanted-headed baby Ganesha (who is called upon to clear the obstacles that sometimes seem arise between us and God), you can catch the wonder of both the infant and the bonds of deep relationship that link past, present and future and that fly in the face of any cultural lines.
Steps Toward Union: As you breathe out, feel as if you are a newborn held by the cosmos. As you breathe in, hold, in turn the whole of the cosmos.
To search means we must be willing to transcend, with the vehicle of simple awareness, words, roles, age, gender and culture in order to see the Beginning Point of our journey. And in that seeing, recognize ourselves.
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