Some of you are thinking
perhaps I have come into the cosmos
to bring it peace.
You do not yet realize
that I have come to throw it
into utter chaos
through burning, blade and battle.
Five will be living in one household.
Three will face off against two
and two against three.
Parents will rise up against children,
and children against their parents,
until at last they shall stand united
on their own feet.
Translation: Lynn Bauman in
The Gospel of Thomas: Wisdom of the Twin
The First Response:
The mirror lies, my friend—
you see one face, but already you are pretending two,
the seer and the seen,
face to face.
You can’t confront the inside by always looking outward.
And if you could peel back that furrowed brow,
no frame could hold your many reflections then.
Maybe better to simply shut your eyes and hear them,
where did they all arise?
You threw open all the windows and door in your house, and they flooded in.
At first, they promised to remodel and repaint,
fix the squeaks
recarpet the living-room floor
but you let them move in
not happily, perhaps,
but still, you fed them.
Sit here quietly beside Me a moment.
Let Me be your mirror, just for these few breaths,
and tell you,
there is a still small voice under all that hubbub.
Can you heed it?
With this single, standing reflection
you can simply recall
Journey through Logos:
I think Cynthia Bourgeault was right when she commented that most of us have been schooled in the idea that Jesus was "nice". And yet, through-out the Gospel of Thomas, Yeshua stands both firm and implacable. We must discern Truth from the fictional constructs of our inner lives. That requires a deep identification of those voices living under the roof of our scalp who no longer serve us. Children and parents, friends and relations, powerful strangers and religious authorities all try to “help” us in our spiritual journey by framing our lives with the templates of their own. It’s not meant to be mean-spirited; in fact, many of those voices rattling around in our head were put there because we loved and listened, were offered to us because we were cherished.
But Yeshua is telling us in no uncertain terms that at some point in our spiritual journey we must stand up, our heads touching the skies, our feet upheld by the ground and realize our own unique, valid and fire-tested path. Unless we get to our feet, and, as the Buddha once said, “see the house-builder, the illusion-maker, the voices of propriety” we will never mature into a kind of faith that is wholly and totally part of our hearts and not just our heads. We will be the fuzzy image of someone else’s encounter with the divine.
And that does not just weaken you, it also compromises one unique facet in the incredibly complex and beautiful jewel that is the Mystery. Each of us must stand up and face the Divine fully naked and ourselves, because only in that basic duality will we begin to see our union and participation with THAT which is the greater truth.
Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:
If you see the Buddha on the road, kill him.
Arjuna, seeing before him all his kinsmen arrayed in battle gear before him finally cries out to Krishna, his charioteer: “far better would it be for me if the sons of Dhritarashtra, weapons in hand, should slay me in the battle, unarmed and resisting. Arjuna, having spoke thus on the battlefield, cast aside his bow and arrow and sank down on his chariot-seat, his mind overcome with grief.”
The entire Gita is the answer to that moment of despair, the same moment we will all one day face if we are true to our dharma.
Bhagavad Gita 1:46-47
When you look at your own daily choices, beliefs, habits and ideas, can you trace any of them back to an actual experience or were they instilled in you by another? Do they serve you today? How might you begin to stand, letting go of what no longer vibrates with the energy of your relationship with the Mystery?
To Search means to listen for the still, small voice of a greater unity beneath the cacophony of imposed opinions, rules and institutions.
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