No prophet is
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
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,
only of the changeless nature
What we name we think we know.
And we will always only see
what we think.
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
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.
To Find means to truly see the divinity in all those around you, transcending your own tendency to mask and objectify them.
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