Monday, March 31, 2014

Gospel of Thomas: Yeshua's Vedanta, Logion 32

Logion 32

Yeshua says,

A city built and fortified
on a mountain top cannot fall,
but neither can it be hidden.

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

The First Response:

The tiny frog sings out in the falling rain,
listening between each note,
the cold spring drops tracing rivulets across his
tan and brown hide.
He tucks in close, tender belly against the tree,
but still it rises in him,
boiling up through his small spine,
expanding his throat
erupting in one clear call of life,
then hunkering again into the flex of his tiny toes
as the shadow of the raccoon slinks by.
The frog holds his breath a moment,
knows the truth,
Speak your creative truth,
but hold tight to the roots of your tree.


 Journey through Logos:

This logion brings the inevitable good news/bad news of searching--when you begin to see you will of course observe the truth like a city on a hill, seemingly impregnable but also undeniably clear.  It holds for you a kind of tension—what is visible from without can also be hidden within, its full truth behind walls and seemingly barricaded from us.  The hope that spring within is that someday, you will see the city from the inside, transparent to all but also settled deeply into the bones of the mountain where you might both reign and rest.  Seeing that possibility, of entering to the very foundations of yourself and finding there the graceful and unhidden quality of the inner city on the hill becomes the beacon of hope for us.
It also calls us to consider that we must open those city gates, coming and going as the breath does, bringing life within those grounded walls and breathing out to a greater world.  Searching for the faith of Yeshua is not about defensive holding within old traditions or old paradigms but rather the visible and courageous opening outward as well. That is the mountain of faith on which the city is built, not simply a hunkering and closed system which would not survive.  Notice how Yeshua expands on this idea in the next logion (#33)

Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:

He who is rooted in oneness
realizes that I am
in every being; wherever
he goes, he remains in me.
-Bhagavad Gita

The more we come out and do good to others, the more our hearts will be purified, and God will be in them.

-Swami Vivekananda

Practicing Unity:

As you take your meditation seat today, rock gently back and forth and side to side.  Feel the earth supporting you and then, as you settle into stillness, breathe mindfully.  Consider the flowing and ephemeral nature of this basis of life, so unhindered and pulsing with activity and yet how it is held in the stable bones of your pelvis and spine and ribs.   Picture the city on the hill, its gates thrown open so that the breath-traveler can enter and leave consciously.

Hokmah’s Gnosis:

To Search means to seek a reality that is grounded but is not a closed system. 

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