Thursday, January 23, 2014

Logion 1 of the Gospel of Thomas with Poetry, Commentary and Vedantic Resonances

Yeshua's Vedanta: 
Unity and Relationship
Kimberly Beyer-Nelson, MA, CHHC, SD

Come back soon to see the next Logion!  I'll be posting at least five per week until this project is completed. :-)

Chapter 1: Seeking

Logion 1

I who write this am Thomas,
the Double, the Twin.
Yeshua, the Living Master spoke,
and his secret sayings I have
written down.

I assure you, whoever grasps their
meaning will not know the taste
of death.

The First Response:
My mind wandered
until I realized how I taste death,
from this carrot to that fish,
from this apple to that fat hen,
how I swirl with it,
taking in what was once out,
giving life to what had become lifeless,
with my own mortality
indisputable truth:
 there is no top to the food chain--
only and eternally
 KBN 2013

The Threads of Relationship:
Sometimes, the Gospel of Thomas is viewed as a very individualistic approach to faith, a kind of Middle Eastern Jnana Yoga.  This idea of the solitary, insular path is often cited as one of the reasons The Gospel of Thomas may not have made the cut at the Council of Nicea where the Christian canon was set.   But throughout the work, there are intimations of community, of a reality that can only be told through the many voices that unite to form unity.  Even here at the beginning, relationship seems to be key.  The idea of the twin, the intertwining of lives both material and spiritual co-created in the womb of life set the tone for the entire work. 
Sufi and language scholar Neil Douglas-Klotz writes that we might think of time as a caravan. The oldest moments of our shared history are before us on the trail and thus we look forward to our beginnings.  We stand in the holy present moment, the middle of the caravan, and behind us comes the future, still defining and unveiling itself in response to all that has come before.  What has happened and what will happen are simply part of Now, so the words of Yeshua are fresh, alive, and vitally informing the living center of the entire caravan--us. And thus we pass the creation back down the line of the caravan through our presence and actions.
To speak, to enunciate and thus bring into manifestation, is part of the function of holy wisdom, which might be seen as the energetic and creative aspect of divine reality.  To speak these logion aloud brings us into a twin-ship with Yeshua as we share his breath, the very vibration if you will, of his wisdom teachings. Ameyn.

Hokmah’s (Wisdom's) Symphonic Note:

Two birds, beautiful of wing, close companions, cling to one common tree: of the two, one eats the sweet fruit of that tree; the other eats not but watches his companion. The self is the bird that sits immersed on the common tree; but because he is not lord he is bewildered and has sorrow. But when he sees that other who is the Lord and the beloved, he knows that all is His greatness and his sorrow passes away from him. When, a seer, he sees the Golden-hued, the maker, the Lord, the Spirit who is the source of Brahman, then he becomes the knower and shakes from his wings sin and virtue; pure of all stains he reaches the supreme identity.

-Translation of Verses 1-3 of Mundaka Upanishad trans. Sri Aurobindo.

Union:  Breath in the sense of a womb, saying “yes” to holy wisdom.  Breathe out a sense of birthing, a raying out of that space, possibility and light.

Hokmah’s Gnosis:
  To search means to prepare to enter into relationship.

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