Saturday, March 8, 2014

Gospel of Thomas: Yeshua's Vedanta, Logion 22

Logion 22

Yeshua noticed infants nursing and said
to his students,

“These little ones taking milk are
like those on the way to the kingdom.”
So they asked him,
“If we too are ‘little ones’
are we on our way into the kingdom?”
Yeshua replied,
“When you are able
to make two become one,
the inside like outside,
and the outside like the inside,
the higher like the lower,
so that a man is no longer male,
and a woman, female
but male and female become a single whole;
when you are able to fashion
an eye to replace an eye
and form a hand in place of a hand,
or a foot for a foot
making one image supercede another—
then you will enter in.”

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

The First Response:
Are we not, all of us,
the answer to every paradox?
From two came one,
 sexual union
a fetus
 now female, now male—
mixing and trading genders in the darkness.
Did we not sense the oneness in that womb,
and even when we became two,
our tiny lungs gasping in our first taste of separation,
(we cried, remember?)
we, you, me, I
returned again to a oneness to suckle,
both fed and satisfied at once?

In every creative act we dance,
first one, then two, then one again;
seer and seen,
from that union of eye with form
only to swirl together
in the unity of consciousness,
the place where
we dip
and put brush to canvas.

No great effort to see and then
form foot from foot
or hand from hand,
it is as easy as
just catching that playful blink
that separates the

KBN 2014

Journey through Logos:
  The disciples demonstrate again that their dualistic and literal world does not give way readily to Yeshua, who is able to see ultimate reality and relative reality in a single glance.  He once again tries to expand their minds by showing and not telling, by using metaphor to take them from their present state of seeing the world to a wider vision.
I have a great trust of paradox and process.  When I see Yeshua’s words, lining up opposites in opposition, then transcending them, I find myself smiling.  He sounds like a riddle master, but truly, he is speaking an absolute Truth to his students.  If we consider our mind, our consciousness, singular behind closed eyes, then open our eyes to see a writing pen, we can feel the interplay between mind and an object observed.  That is the first shift—one to two.  Then, we can feel how, when we shut our eyes, we can hold the image of the pen within.  But mind and pen here have become one, actually became one the moment our eye fell on it in “outer” reality.  We just slowed the process down, gave it space to be observed.  Reality is nothing other than mind, no matter if we separate ourselves from it or watch the shift from two to one to two, always shimmering.
I believe Yeshua is also playing with the creative aspect of mind—once we have seen and experienced one “foot”, we can expand on that theme, making little feet, big feet, purple feet, etc.  And yes, we can see each foot as if for the first time, without even naming it, wholly caught up and of one mind with the foot.  We may also recall foot memories, foot dreams, anticipate clothing our foot with the latest fashion.  Foot is nothing other than mind, malleable, contingent upon the attention or creative energy we bring to it.
So in the spirit of open attentiveness and in allowing ourselves to be held in like regard, we are like children.  But we have will—and discernment—that a baby does not.  Both those elements can be tools or impediments on the spiritual journey, and Yeshua is already pointing to sticking places like gender, age, what is in and out, what is higher and lower where our attention must become fluid and generous and whole.

Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:

Be sure to look carefully at the picture you notice anything unusual?

The first veil to vanish is ignorance; and 
when that is gone, unskillful behavior goes; 
next desire ceases, 
selfishness ends, and 
all misery disappears.
--The Upanishads

Just as, my dear, by one clod of clay all that is made of clay is known, the modification being only a name, arising from speech, while the truth is that all is clay; "Just as, my dear, by one nugget of gold all that is made of gold is known, the modification being only a name, arising from speech, while the truth is that all is gold...”
--Chandogya Upanishad 6:1:2-6

Asato ma sad-gamaya;
tamaso ma jyotir-gamaya;
mrtyor-ma amrutam gamaya.
Aum. Shanti, shanti shanti.
Aum. Lead me from unreal to real;
lead me from darkness to light;
lead me from death to immortality.
Aum... peace, peace, peace.)

--Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 1.3.28


Practicing Unity:

Sit in a quiet place today, watching your breath.  At first, you will feel light and expansive with the in-breath, and then heavier and grounded with the out-breath.  Without forcing, just keep watching the breath.  Notice how it slows, quiets and may almost seem to stop.  In that place of stillness, in is out, out is in and breath and you are one.  Now gently begin to encourage your breath to deepen.  What happens to your sense of body, breath, mind?  How quickly does movement want to follow the breath?

Hokmah’s Gnosis:

To Find means to use the gifts of attention, creativity and will with a baby's perfect presence.

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