Monday, March 31, 2014

Gospel of Thomas: Yeshua's Vedanta, Logion 34

Logion 34

Yeshua says,

If the blind are leading the blind
they will topple together
into a pit.



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




The First Response:

In darkness, better to take that sliding step,
let your toes grow eyes,
heels
 learning how to sink and anchor;
don’t worry how long it takes—
what is time in this place where you
cannot see the clock?
What sounds and sensations now
tickle you
in ways once easily ignored,
 so driven were you,
your right arm hitched up,
your shoulder pushed to your ear
by the blind rush along
the lip
of
the
abyss?

Choose to not be pushed or led,
and your path will smooth out in time,
a dancing beneath a wide and brilliant sky.

KBN




 Journey through Logos:

Yeshua adds to his wisdom teaching about the process of searching with this simple admonition—chose not to be led or pushed, even when it seems dark and you feel blind.  Trust your own process, your own discernment and only then can you enter into the fortified city on the hill or become a lamp that spreads its light and a voice that calls out from the rooftops.
He seems to understand that we so easily give our trust to others, give up our ability to walk a path at our own pace and in our own time.  As a model, we can see he embodied this idea of fearlessness, teaching in cities and in the wilds, in places of worship and at the wedding feast.  He was able to tread in places that were darkened to the priests and teachers of his day, trusting in the light within him to illuminate those liminal cliff edges.  That is the deeper message of this logion and it is one that resonates through the whole text:  stand fearlessly and own the wisdom you find—you will not fall then, even when the whole world is dark.
Ameyn.



Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:

“Only two kinds of people can attain self-knowledge: those who are not encumbered at all with learning, that is to say, whose minds are not over-crowded with thoughts borrowed from others; and those who, after studying all the scriptures and sciences, have come to realize that they know nothing.”


“If you desire to be pure, have firm faith, and slowly go on with your devotional practices without wasting your energy in useless scriptural discussions and arguments. Your little brain will otherwise be muddled.” 


Practicing Unity:

If you have been deeply immersed in the Christian tradition, do you find it more difficult to hear the “inner” message these logion may be trying to disclose to you?  Similar to naming something and thinking that we know it, sometimes when we hear familiar words with a different ear, a listening ear, we find fresh meanings.  What has been the experience of this deep listening for you so far?


Hokmah’s Gnosis:

To Find means to decline being pushed or led by others or tradition into the darkness of your spiritual path.


You can find Kim's entire commentary on the Gospel of Thomas in Kindle, paperback and audio formats by clicking on this link:

http://www.amazon.com/Yeshuas-Yoga-Non-Dual-Consciousness-Teachings/dp/1500628611/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1429719056&sr=8-1&keywords=yeshua%27s+yoga











Gospel of Thomas: Yeshua's Vedanta, Logion 32

Logion 32

Yeshua says,

A city built and fortified
on a mountain top cannot fall,
but neither can it be hidden.


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





The First Response:

The tiny frog sings out in the falling rain,
uneven,
listening between each note,
the cold spring drops tracing rivulets across his
tan and brown hide.
He tucks in close, tender belly against the tree,
but still it rises in him,
boiling up through his small spine,
expanding his throat
erupting in one clear call of life,
then hunkering again into the flex of his tiny toes
as the shadow of the raccoon slinks by.
The frog holds his breath a moment,
knows the truth,
viscerally--
Speak your creative truth,
but hold tight to the roots of your tree.

KBN


 Journey through Logos:

This logion brings the inevitable good news/bad news of searching--when you begin to see you will of course observe the truth like a city on a hill, seemingly impregnable but also undeniably clear.  It holds for you a kind of tension—what is visible from without can also be hidden within, its full truth behind walls and seemingly barricaded from us.  The hope that spring within is that someday, you will see the city from the inside, transparent to all but also settled deeply into the bones of the mountain where you might both reign and rest.  Seeing that possibility, of entering to the very foundations of yourself and finding there the graceful and unhidden quality of the inner city on the hill becomes the beacon of hope for us.
It also calls us to consider that we must open those city gates, coming and going as the breath does, bringing life within those grounded walls and breathing out to a greater world.  Searching for the faith of Yeshua is not about defensive holding within old traditions or old paradigms but rather the visible and courageous opening outward as well. That is the mountain of faith on which the city is built, not simply a hunkering and closed system which would not survive.  Notice how Yeshua expands on this idea in the next logion (#33)
Ameyn.

Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:

He who is rooted in oneness
realizes that I am
in every being; wherever
he goes, he remains in me.
-Bhagavad Gita

The more we come out and do good to others, the more our hearts will be purified, and God will be in them.

-Swami Vivekananda



Practicing Unity:

As you take your meditation seat today, rock gently back and forth and side to side.  Feel the earth supporting you and then, as you settle into stillness, breathe mindfully.  Consider the flowing and ephemeral nature of this basis of life, so unhindered and pulsing with activity and yet how it is held in the stable bones of your pelvis and spine and ribs.   Picture the city on the hill, its gates thrown open so that the breath-traveler can enter and leave consciously.



Hokmah’s Gnosis:


To Search means to seek a reality that is grounded but is not a closed system. 

You can find Kim's entire commentary on the Gospel of Thomas in Kindle, paperback and audio formats by clicking on this link:

http://www.amazon.com/Yeshuas-Yoga-Non-Dual-Consciousness-Teachings/dp/1500628611/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1429719056&sr=8-1&keywords=yeshua%27s+yoga



Gospel of Thomas: Yeshua's Vedanta, Logion 33

Logion 33

Yeshua says,

What you hear with one ear
listen to with both,
and then proclaim
from the rooftops.
For no one lights a lamp
and then hides it away.
It is placed on a lamp-stand instead
where those who pass by
may see by its light.



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




The First Response:

We do not search for just ourselves.
In what dim glow we find,
one hand reaches for another,
instinctively
creatively—

plant a seed and does it not
lean in toward the sun?
Plant a thousand sunflower seeds,
and a riot of brilliant yellow
will track that blazing kin across the sky,
feet planted in the earth,
but oh,
each head full of a thousand seeds,
awaiting their own
rich
soil.

KBN

 Journey through Logos:

We can learn to listen with both the ear of the mind and the ear of the heart.  In tandem, we “hear” the whole symphony of meaning in the world around us.   Much of that learning as we have been learning is simply attention, but it also utilizes compassion, interest, and relational presence. 
It’s also important to notice that Yeshua again points to this idea that our spiritual awakening is not in service to our personal egos, but rather, we must help shine this light for others.  Further along in this Gospel, he’ll try to show us how we might do such a thing—shine and shout from rooftops without a personal ego-attachment to that act of sharing.  He is not necessarily talking about teaching here; rather, how do we manifest the realizations we have made in daily living?
Today, in Hokmah's Symphonic Note below, notice that the true measure of someone who knows their foundation in God is one who gives light, rather than merely reflecting it.  I believe this is also what Yeshua is hinting at in this logion--we are not parrots of the divine!  Our voice and light are the very voice and light of God, not merely a cast or rote image of it.
          Ameyn.


Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:

"This is That" -- thus they realize the ineffable joy supreme. How can "This" be known? Does he give light or does he reflect light?

-Katha Upanishad


Words and mind go to him, but reach him not and return. But he who knows the joy of Brahman (God), fears no more.
-Taittiriya Upanishad



Practicing Unity:

How do you share with others your insights about how reality functions?  Do you use a “formal” creative voice (poetry, writing, painting, music, etc) or do you prefer the “informal creative voice (the meal well planned, the smile and hello for the check-out clerk, the listening ear for a friend.)  Is your life a mix in ways of the two?  In what way does this creative voice pass on the message of Yeshua?


Hokmah’s Gnosis:

To Find means to be willing to share our discoveries, helping to create the bonds of relationship.


You can find Kim's entire commentary on the Gospel of Thomas in Kindle, paperback and audio formats by clicking on this link:

http://www.amazon.com/Yeshuas-Yoga-Non-Dual-Consciousness-Teachings/dp/1500628611/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1429719056&sr=8-1&keywords=yeshua%27s+yoga









Friday, March 28, 2014

Gospel of Thomas: Yeshua's Vedanta, Logion 31

Logion 31

Yeshua says,

No prophet is
welcomed home.
No healer cures acquaintances.


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





The First Response:

Can you really see me?
is the silent cry of humanity—
it shadows the self-help section of the library,
rides in the new car,
the latest fashion,
the makeup counter
and
the gym.
Insidious
it plays as well in
alleyways where drugs go hand to shaking hand,
in the curved reflection of the whiskey bottle.
Friends may be the worst mirrors of all
if each time you meet,
you think
only of the changeless nature
of masks.
What we name we think we know.
And we will always only see
what we think.


KBN



Journey through Logos:

This logion is really saying the same thing as the previous one; in our “thinking” that we know someone, we don’t allow for change, growth nor the “see the message” of divinity that is the voice of prophet and healer.  By boxing the other in our conceptual understanding of them, we also cut ourselves off from the message and health that they will hand us without effort and usually with no sense of reward. 
What Yeshua is teaching is very pragmatic on one level; I’m sure we’ve all had the experience of people not able to see us as we really are because they remember a past version of you or in the round of daily interactions, have created a “model” or “mask” that represents you so they can place you in their psychological landscape as a dependable and unchanging object.
But a prophet and a healer cannot be objectified—they both bring messages that must shine through their entire selves, indeed, must shine out from the center of their hearts.  If they are not seen without bias, the ear will always be stuffed closed, the eye clouded with the seer’s own agendas. In short, we must be able to see the divinity within them, something that is very hard to do if we think we already know them in all their complexity and depth.


Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:

You cannot see That which is the Seer of seeing; you cannot hear That which is the Hearer of hearing; you cannot think of That which is the Thinker of thought; you cannot know That which is the Knower of knowledge. This is your Self, that is within all; everything else but This is perishable." 

(Br. Up. 3.4.2)

Thinking of You (Krishna) as my friend, I have rashly addressed You "O Kṛṣṇa," "O Yādava," "O my friend," not knowing Your glories. Please forgive whatever I may have done in madness or in love. I have dishonored You many times, jesting as we relaxed, lay on the same bed, or sat or ate together, sometimes alone and sometimes in front of many friends. O infallible one, please excuse me for all those offenses.

-Bhagavad Gita 11:41-42




Practicing Unity:

Today, as you go about your day, try to meet friends and acquaintances as if you had never talked with them before.  See something new, get curious about their lives, their wisdom.  This small act of trying to really see them again will not just bless them, it will bless you as well.


Hokmah’s Gnosis:

To Find means to truly see the divinity in all those around you, transcending your own tendency to mask and objectify them.


You can find Kim's entire commentary on the Gospel of Thomas in Kindle, paperback and audio formats by clicking on this link:

http://www.amazon.com/Yeshuas-Yoga-Non-Dual-Consciousness-Teachings/dp/1500628611/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1429719056&sr=8-1&keywords=yeshua%27s+yoga















Thursday, March 27, 2014

Gospel of Thomas: Yeshua's Vedanta, Logion 30

Logion 30

Yeshua says,

Where there are
three divinities,
God is present.
Where one or two exist,
I am there.


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






The First Response:

Three works for me—
heaven and earth and human linking them,
Godhead and prophet and human conflating them,
Mother and Maiden and Crone,
triskele—
I could go on, but this is a dance you know.
Still,
it is in our nature to number and name
from states of mind to stars in the galaxy;
maybe that’s not all bad—
it means that we are present
and
engaged
and hopefully
eventually
(holy) relational.

KBN



Journey through Logos:

I see in this Logion a call to conscious awareness of the relationships we are surrounded with always, as well as a cautionary note.  When we attend, first there is the pure seeing and relating, then the naming and numbering comes and from that count and verbalization of reality, we think we know it.  Perhaps as part of the search this categorization is initially useful and even necessary because it illustrates how our minds work.
Yet, I love how Yeshua gently moves the mind to understand that, if we can sense “three divinities” then we can also sense the great I AM that unites them.  Glimpse it just once and each time we are face to face with another, we will sense it.  It is a call to use the intuitive sense, to engage our sensitivity to Presence.  He is using mind to move beyond the analytic function of mind, a classic wisdom teacher technique.
So reading this becomes startling when we stop counting and trying to name the three divinites, because they are not truly separate—the three are one, as in the later formulation of the Christian trinity.  And the number three can be conflated to a hundred, a million, countless souls.  “Together” the three divinities are God. When two gather, separated, that way of seeing still exists.  Yeshua’s I AM is there as well, but notice they do not then become God because they are not touching the divinity that they are. And they merely exist—bound by culture, bias, time.  I wonder if Yeshua felt a passing sadness here—“They exist and I am there”:  the “I” that is both the egoic personal AND transpersonal.
            Ameyn.

Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:


There is One who is the eternal Reality among non-eternal objects, the one [truly] conscious Entity among conscious objects, and who, though non-dual, fulfills the desires of many. Eternal peace belongs to the wise, who perceive Him within themselves—not to others.

Katha Upanishad 2:2:13



To the seer, all things have verily become the Self: what delusion, what sorrow, can there be for him who beholds that oneness?

Isha Upanishad 7



Practicing Unity:

As you go about your day today, try to see God within each person.  That measure of respect and awe and discomfort and forgetfulness you will encounter will remind you of the relational quality of our lives together.  It is not a practice of guilt when you cannot maintain that kind of awareness, but rather, a practice of musical notes, learning to hear divinity in a way that is not about words, analysis nor self blame.


Hokmah’s Gnosis:

To Find means to be willing to find the unifying divinity that undergirds the many and varied individuals.

You can find Kim's entire commentary on the Gospel of Thomas in Kindle, paperback and audio formats by clicking on this link:

http://www.amazon.com/Yeshuas-Yoga-Non-Dual-Consciousness-Teachings/dp/1500628611/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1429719056&sr=8-1&keywords=yeshua%27s+yoga







Sunday, March 23, 2014

Gospel of Thomas: Yeshua's Vedanta, Logion 29

Logion 29

Yeshua says,

If flesh came into existence
for the sake of spirit,
it is a wonder.
But if spirit exists for the sake of flesh,
it is a wonder of wonders.
I am truly astonished
at how such richnss
came to dwell in such poverty.


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




The First Response:


Season of Lent,
Gregorian chant resonating, as always, when I write,
skies gray, same with my shirt,
deep forest views so
no flowers,
just birds practicing meditative hops
 beneath their half-stocked feeder.
Pile of tenacious vines heaped by one fence,
St. Francis statue finally turning a little mossy
standing, as he does, in a pile of found shells.
Munching hot wasabi peas,
now and again glancing at the cover of a book—
something about Icon writing.

I don’t think I need to open it just yet.
KBN 2014

Journey through Logos:

Such a small turn of mind—not a spiritual being having a human experience, but a human opening to the vast richness of the world around us that is spirit-filled.  And in that turning, we finally touch with humbleness and delight, the same play of spirit within. It’s like being lifted by a wave, like finally understanding the taste of really excellent dark chocolate, feeling like Mozart did when he said the universe had left music for him to find.
I find nothing in this that calls us to poverty, or subservient bowing but I do recognize humor, a child-like interest, and the textures of relationship in Yeshua’s gentle turn-around of how many of us understand indwelling spirit.  Any lack of wealth is simply bound to an inability to open the senses and catch the icons all around us, all the time, and by that seeing, acknowledge the wealth that is in ourselves and everything else.  It is a unified spirit, a relational spirit, whistling up attention and intention.
Flesh is not something secondary; it is the vehicle through which we awaken. Spirit serves us by enlivening us, calling us out to be bigger, more sensitive, more engaged by the millions of daily recognitions of spirit calling us to spirit.  Rather than the model of “in” to the heart, then “up to heaven” and “out of the cyclic nature of existence (the daily grind?)”, Yeshua calls us out into the world to recognize our own heart and then understand that there never was an up or down, an in or an out.  Or even real poverty and wealth.
God became man so man could become god. 
Ameyn.
        

Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:

“You see many stars in the sky at night, but not when the sun rises. Can you therefore say that there are no stars in the heavens during the day? Because you cannot find God in the days of your ignorance, say not that there is no God.”  

“When divine vision is attained, all appear equal; and there remains no distinction of good and bad, or of high and low.” 

“Bondage is of the mind; freedom too is of the mind. If you say 'I am a free soul. I am a son of God who can bind me' free you shall be.”
 
 
Ramakrishna


Practicing Unity:

First, bow deeply and think to yourself, I exist for the spirit.  Now, bow deeply and think to yourself, the spirit exists for me.  Stand and feel the reality of both states—can you feel how you are in relationship, not one idea of yourself or the divine above the other?



Hokmah’s Gnosis:

To Find means to be willing to acknowledge with each breath we do not exist for spirit—spirit also exists for us.


You can find Kim's entire commentary on the Gospel of Thomas in Kindle, paperback and audio formats by clicking on this link:

http://www.amazon.com/Yeshuas-Yoga-Non-Dual-Consciousness-Teachings/dp/1500628611/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1429719056&sr=8-1&keywords=yeshua%27s+yoga







Friday, March 21, 2014

Thought provoking quotes from Christianity without Superstition


Thought provoking quotes from Christianity without Superstition:  Meaning, Metaphor and Mystery 
by 
John McQuiston II


When we reduce anything to formulas or equations or a name, we often fool ourselves into thinking we comprehend whatever it is that we have spoken of.  We have an almost overwhelming predisposition to do this.  But complete understanding of reality can never occur.  This is true about the oak tree in my yard.  It is true of that complex person who is my neighbor.  It is true of the mystery we call God.  McQuiston, P 41

Claiming that any image or idea, much less one’s religion or scientific theory is the truth is a refusal to recognize our limits. It is to claim we have the capacity to...diminish reality to our abstractions, to our words, to our equations, to our ideas.  That claim is pure hubris. McQuiston, p43

When we take our ideas for the truth about reality, we make them into something more than they are.  McQuiston,  p45

Lord, you are not merely that
than which a greater cannot be thought;
you are something greater than can be thought.
                                                St. Anselm, Proslogion


We must always be aware of the danger of arrogant certainty, the kind of certainty that leads to denigration, disparagement  and condemnation of those who believe differently.  If we follow the way taught by Jesus, the test of belief is not whether they are right or wrong as factual statements, but whether they lead us to right relationship, which, in its highest form, is exemplified in love of neighbor.  McQuiston p67

The world in which we live is relational, and when we change our relationship with it, we change our world.  Physicists such as Heisenberg, Bohm, Einstein, Feynman and Schrodinger have shown that there is no ultimate, solid, material reality, only relationships of relationships. McQuiston, p77


“Reality is by no means exhausted by the concepts in which we mediate it; put theologically, ‘God’ is not a pure construct of our language.”  Book of Common Prayer, 491

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Gospel of Thomas: Yeshua's Vedanta, Logion 28

Logion 28

Yeshua says,

I stood to my feet
in the midst of the cosmos,
appearing outwardly in flesh.
I discovered that all were drunk
and none were thirsty,
and my soul ached for
the children of humanity.
For their hearts are blind
and they cannot see from within.
They have come into the cosmos empty,
and they are leaving it empty.
At the moment, you are inebriated,
but free from the effects of wine,
you too may turn and stand.

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





The First Response:

Until you believe
with each inhale
you share the very rise and falls of stars,
emptiness
will fill you instead.
Until you see that
standing,
you connect heaven and earth,
you are blind
to
even the presence of light.
Until you hear that pure note
ringing through everything,
everyone,
you crouch alone,
hands covering your head,
and this fecund mud
of your mind
will never really appreciate
the flesh that wants to bloom.
KBN 2014

Journey through Logos:

Yeshua is speaking here of what Buddhists would call ignorance—an inability to move beyond the dualist mind and see the spaciousness and interconnected web of reality that is as close to us as our own breath and skin.  Just like alcohol can put us at a short distance from our fears, our real selves, and relationships, so, too, does the inability to stand up and hold both the relative and ultimate forms of reality bind us to inner poverty.
My heart hitched a bit today, because I could feel the Yeshua’s frustration and sadness that people around him were stuck in their little, personal lives.  Even that pain, though, is what fueled this wisdom teacher to keep rephrasing his words in parables, to stay on the road and to keep trying to reach people.  In other words, his pain in the inability of people to awaken to the gifts of God surely became part of what kept him teaching instead of pushing him to shut up and give up.
What Yeshua is trying to offer his disciples is nothing short of what he himself experiences and lives in, and through these words, the offer is also extended to all of us. Or rather, he is trying to show us we already live in this world that is the Kingdom of Heaven, and all we have to do is stand up and realize it.  It’s like the end of a perfect sermon; when we stand, we integrate all that has come before, making it part of us so it informs what comes after.  And that moment of standing is always the work of the present moment, wide-eyed and breathing deeply.
Ameyn.


        
Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:





Practicing Unity:

Today, as you go about your work, try to use your senses to take small sips of the larger cycles of life, of beauty, of your relationship with others.  Don’t over-think anything, just notice.  At the end of the day, assess how you feel.  This is one part of what Yeshua means when he asks us to “stand.”


Hokmah’s Gnosis:

To Find means to be willing to throw off our inebriation and stand up into both relative and ultimate reality.


You can find Kim's entire commentary on the Gospel of Thomas in Kindle, paperback and audio formats by clicking on this link:

http://www.amazon.com/Yeshuas-Yoga-Non-Dual-Consciousness-Teachings/dp/1500628611/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1429719056&sr=8-1&keywords=yeshua%27s+yoga