What you hear with one ear
listen to with both,
and then proclaim
from the rooftops.
For no one lights a lamp
and then hides it away.
It is placed on a lamp-stand instead
where those who pass by
may see by its light.
Translation: Lynn Bauman in
The Gospel of Thomas: Wisdom of the Twin
The First Response:
We do not search for just ourselves.
In what dim glow we find,
one hand reaches for another,
plant a seed and does it not
lean in toward the sun?
Plant a thousand sunflower seeds,
and a riot of brilliant yellow
will track that blazing kin across the sky,
feet planted in the earth,
each head full of a thousand seeds,
awaiting their own
Journey through Logos:
We can learn to listen with both the ear of the mind and the ear of the heart. In tandem, we “hear” the whole symphony of meaning in the world around us. Much of that learning as we have been learning is simply attention, but it also utilizes compassion, interest, and relational presence.
It’s also important to notice that Yeshua again points to this idea that our spiritual awakening is not in service to our personal egos, but rather, we must help shine this light for others. Further along in this Gospel, he’ll try to show us how we might do such a thing—shine and shout from rooftops without a personal ego-attachment to that act of sharing. He is not necessarily talking about teaching here; rather, how do we manifest the realizations we have made in daily living?
Today, in Hokmah's Symphonic Note below, notice that the true measure of someone who knows their foundation in God is one who gives light, rather than merely reflecting it. I believe this is also what Yeshua is hinting at in this logion--we are not parrots of the divine! Our voice and light are the very voice and light of God, not merely a cast or rote image of it.
Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:
"This is That" -- thus they realize the ineffable joy supreme. How can "This" be known? Does he give light or does he reflect light?
Words and mind go to him, but reach him not and return. But he who knows the joy of Brahman (God), fears no more.
How do you share with others your insights about how reality functions? Do you use a “formal” creative voice (poetry, writing, painting, music, etc) or do you prefer the “informal creative voice (the meal well planned, the smile and hello for the check-out clerk, the listening ear for a friend.) Is your life a mix in ways of the two? In what way does this creative voice pass on the message of Yeshua?
To Find means to be willing to share our discoveries, helping to create the bonds of relationship.
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