Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Gospel of Thomas: Yeshua's Vedanta, Logion 11

Logion 11

Yeshua says,
The sky and all that lies in the
dimension above it will cease to exist.
The dead know nothing of life,
and the living will never die.
When you consume that which is already
dead, you are turning it back into life.
So then, when you, too, emerge
back into the Light
what will you do?
For on the day when you
were created one
you also became two,
but when you come to realize your
twoness again
what will you do?

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

The First Response:

Along the single stem of the fern,
the flat, elongated leaves pair up,
marching down the spine to the tiniest
singular tip,
a triangular tongue sipping the breeze.
Out of the riled waves,
a rare gray whale breaches
and falls into mystery again.
The dead mouse is eaten by the chicken,
who in turn,
lays my breakfast—see it now
like breathing,
like fire.

KBN 2014

Journey through Logos:

In many ways, the Gospel of Thomas challenges our rational and linear mind.  Notice how the above logion links together seemingly disparate statements?  But when we shift our lens a little and read it as poetry, then the meaning that resonates between the statements becomes a great deal more interesting.  This shift, the ability to read metaphorically into the literal, is the challenge and delight of working with this particular piece of scripture.  By its very construction, it asks us to practice the very twoness-within-oneness that Yeshua is trying to convey.  Our binary minds like to dance with “either/ors” rather than the softer and more global “neither/and”. 
Death and life seem like two, but through the singular act of transformation (eating for instance, burning with fire for another) they are united.  The Eaten is the Eater.  The fire is the burnt thing.  The process is truly like breathing; one beat, the air is outside of us and separate.  We inhale, and air and our body dance as one.  We exhale our single breath out into the world again, the individual and the world once again united.  In, out, in, out.  One-two-one-two.  We can break the process down like this, but all is simply energy exchange, held in a container of our awareness. 
The God that Yeshua points to here is not a being at all—it is being itself and it is not just stillness! It is the very movement of life.  To enter into an understanding of that life, to find the Kingdom around and within us (one, two—can you catch it?), we have only to pay attention and transcend preferring one way of looking to another.

Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:

Neti-Neti: Not this, not this!

"I am the thread that runs through all these pearls”... Such are the different pearls, and God is the thread that runs through all of them; most people, however, are entirely unconscious of it.

The sacrifice Itself is the spirit.  Spirit and oblation are one.  It is the spirit Itself which is sacrificed in Its own fire.
-Bhagavad Gita

Practicing Unity:
First, find a pencil.  Look at it carefully.  Then, notice how you can hold your eyes on just the eraser of the pencil.   Breathe for a while, really seeing this one thing.  Notice that then, the eraser itself begins to separate into pixels of light and dark, smudges, damage, round surfaces and smooth.  In what way are oneness and twoness conventions of language and attention rather than reality?

Hokmah’s Gnosis:
To Search means to pay attention to the breath-like dance of the two and the one, finally asking what is the movement of those distinctions Itself?

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