Monday, March 3, 2014

Gospel of Thomas: Yeshua's Vedanta, Logion 18

Logion 18

His students said to him,
“So tell us, then,
what our end and
destiny will be?”

Yeshua answered,
“have you already discovered
your origin so that now
you are free to seek after your end?
It is only at your source
that you will find your destiny.
Blessed are those who come to stand in their
place of origination,
for it is there that they will know their end—
never tasting death.

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

The First Response:
Spin these cycles round again,
the seed to plant to seed,
the egg to hen to egg,
the nut to tree to nut,
and when your mind reaches out
to stop that glorious
breathing of the universe,
fence lines and
lines of words
and moats of thought,
all must one day swirl away
in stardust.
Endings are for those
who are a little afraid
spin these cycles round again
and this time

KBN 2014

Journey through Logos:

As a fiction writer, I am often called to simply trust that my beginning place is already full and complete—that the story will find a kind of end, but that end will also point the way forward into the next creative act.  I believe that when a new reader takes up my “finished” book, the writer’s energy is passed forward and inward both.  Ending is a beginning, individuals enter into communication and communion.  That’s why reviews are often so difficult to read and sometimes write—they are an intimate reaction to an act of creative intimacy, and each will be generative in its own way.
The manifest does seem to fall away—perhaps we eat the seed, crack open the egg or nut mentioned in the poem above, and yet, it becomes us then, still energy moving and dancing and not really ending.  Our job as spiritual beings is to be able to hold the lines of tension between the apparent or perceived “end” and the continuance and twisting spirals of life. This is not the binary mind at work, with its yes/no, right/wrong/, dark/light ways of coming to the world.  It is the deeper act of discernment, of comfort with chaos, of a love affair with ambiguity.  This is the life-giving dance that assures us that while form falls away, there is THAT which will always start again, everlasting.

Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:

All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secret of everything.” 

Desire, ignorance, and inequality—this is the trinity of bondage.” 

THE Self-Being pierced the openings outward; hence one looks outward, not within himself. A wise man looked towards the Self with reverted sight, seeking deathlessness.
Children seek after outward desires; they come to the net of widespread death. But the wise, beholding deathlessness, seek not for the enduring among unenduring things.
Katha Upanishad

Practicing Unity:

Take time to list the apparent play of opposites in your life—eating/fasting, sleeping/waking, working/playing, planting/sowing in all its forms.  Now look carefully at the list and see if you can find when this activity really begins or ends.  Do you notice that each play of opposite, even “death” and “life” are simply mind-made designation to a smooth, continuous sense of existence?  So what really ends?  Or really begins for that matter?

Hokmah’s Gnosis:

To Search means to become conscious of the breaking down of opposites, even the great “opposites” of life and death.

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