Where there are
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,
I could go on, but this is a dance you know.
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
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.
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
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.
To Find means to be willing to find the unifying divinity that undergirds the many and varied individuals.
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