Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Gospel of Thomas: Yeshua's Vedanta, Logion 10

Logion 10

Yeshua says,
See, I have sown fire into
cosmos and I shall guard it carefully
until it blazes.

                                 Translation:  Lynn Bauman in The Gospel of Thomas:
Wisdom of the Twin

The First Response:
In the new heat I worked,
fire again in limbs too still for too long,
drawing up light with the in-breath,
grounded and steady as I breathed out,
my eyes watching the rain
but gesturing warmth,
the energies of creation.
We must blaze,
our actions alchemical,
our thoughts,
seedlings lifting sunward,
our lives,
one to another.
KBN 2014

Journey through Logos:
            Today, I wish I could just keep going in the poetic vein.  I can get away with words like “alchemical” or “blazing” there.  Prose wants a steadier and more reasonable hand.  And yet, this tension between the freer verse and the constraints of the ordered paragraph captures the intent behind Yeshua’s words beautifully.  For fire is both destroyer and creator, that which lights or blinds, that which digests our meals or lets matter pass through un-utilized.  It all depends on how it is used, just as knowledge without discernment can damage, action without forethought can injure. 
            Fire is scattered through the universe by our own hand; indeed each thing we touch, think about, interact with can both burn or heal.  The energy of creation is brilliant, hot, ever moving, always bringing forth change and we dance with that always.  The spiritual path then is an awareness of this fact, well-seeded with wonder and awe.  We are called to play with fire; otherwise we are the dry stick that will simply be burned, the cold hearth that cannot welcome the friend, the bored couch potato merely taking in entertainment without digestion and growth.  This is the fire of devotion—light of awareness, heat of transformation, and the energy that transcends every vessel that tries to hold it in a steady state.

Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:

All power is within you. You can do anything and everything. Believe in that. Do not believe that you are weak; do not believe that you are half-crazy lunatics, as most of us do nowadays. Stand up and express the divinity within you.

Come out into the broad light of day, come out from the little narrow paths, for how can the infinite soul rest content to live and die in small ruts?

Come out into the universe of Light. Everything in the universe is yours, stretch out your arms and embrace it with love. If you ever felt you wanted to do that, you have felt God.

--Swami Vivekanda

Practicing Unity:
Rub your hands briskly together for a moment, and then place them over your eyes.  Now, let that activity and heat sink in during this time of stillness.  How is this exercise like the idea that “fire is seeded into the cosmos”?

Hokmah’s Gnosis:
To Search is to look directly into the fire of the cosmos—the movement, transformation, and process that is I AM.

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