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,
will fill you instead.
Until you see that
you connect heaven and earth,
you are blind
even the presence of light.
Until you hear that pure note
ringing through everything,
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.

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.

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