Thursday, March 13, 2014

Gospel of Thomas: Yeshua's Vedanta, Logion 24

Logion 24

His students said to him,

“Take us to the place where you are,
since we are required to seek after it.”

He answered them,
“Whoever has an ear for this
should listen carefully!
Light shines out from the center
of a being of light
and illuminates the whole cosmos.
Whoever fails to become light
is a source of darkness.

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

The First Response:

We are not created to be solid,
nor rooted in place like
the massive cedar standing sentinel in my front yard.
The statue fascinates
because it is almost alive,
because sometimes
we see the light moving
in carved pupils.
But we are called to the wave’s way,
to be tidal and restless
and hold mystery under our froth.
We wet the stone,
lick the sand,
carry the whale and the krill with equal ease.
Diving into our own liquid darkness,
see how we shine
even in the starlight?

KBN 2014

Journey through Logos:

            Truly, its harder to be less clear than this message—we are called to be as Yeshua is himself, called into the ranks of those who give light from their very being.  It’s a hard thing to hear, though.  We have a propensity to prefer worship to transformation, and yet here, in a reply that starts with “listen up!” we are told that straight up truth.
            It is wildly difficult to stand up and be as our “hero” is, rather than stand back and applaud at the right places or have the freedom to turn away when that suits us.  To be the actual light-bringer, to step into that role that Yeshua has mimed out for us, is terrifying.  It asks for all of us, not just the bits that want to be comforted, entertained, intellectually satisfied. Were it not for the fact that we are already deeply like him in our core, in our very natures as God’s creations, we might not feel at all up to the “finding” that searching entail. 
            In a sense we are called to acknowledge our birthrights, to hold back the dark and to go bravely into the search because we have this model of Yeshua as our teacher.  Yet even here, we are being told not to cling to him, that he cannot “make” us other than we already are, and that salvation, if we wish to call it that, is accomplished by standing up into the fullness of God within ourselves.  If we are being nurtured, partnered, instructed and treasured by our teacher, then it is so that those seeds will bloom in us and as us, and allow us to pass such light onward.
Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:

“When I Asked God for Strength
He Gave Me Difficult Situations to Face

When I Asked God for Brain & Brawn
He Gave Me Puzzles in Life to Solve

When I Asked God for Happiness
He Showed Me Some Unhappy People

When I Asked God for Wealth
He Showed Me How to Work Hard

When I Asked God for Favors
He Showed Me Opportunities to Work Hard

When I Asked God for Peace
He Showed Me How to Help Others

God Gave Me Nothing I Wanted
He Gave Me Everything I Needed.”

“You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, 
none can make you spiritual. 
There is no other teacher but your own soul.” 

Practicing Unity:

Sit gently with the idea that your highest image of the divine, in whatever form is true to you, is actually mirroring the light that you yourself have within.  Gently take up your journal and write what comes to mind.  Does this create a sense of fear in you?  Sadness?  Joy and animation?  Where do these states rest in your body?  What was their origin?

Hokmah’s Gnosis:

To Find means to accept with full awareness that we are not called to worship, but rather, to Stand and shine forth who we were all created to be.


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