Friday, March 14, 2014

Gospel of Thomas: Yeshua's Vedanta, Logion 25

Logion 25

Yeshua says,

Love your brother and your sister
as your very own being.
Protect them as you would
the pupil of your eye.

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

The First Response:

this scrubbed and perfumed
second lung,
this skin available in so
many shades and hues.
How we armor it all,
with clothes and make-up
with jewelry and shoes
with shampoo and soap and deodorant.

Permeable, too, this breathing pupil
this black dot that expands and contracts to
with and


And in us all, it is black, no matter
what finery rims it round. 

KBN 2014
Journey through Logos:

I enjoyed slowing down with this logion today, and using it for Lectio Divina and poetry.  Its very simplicity hides the depths Yeshua is showing us in his usual subtle way.  At first glance, the message of loving thy neighbor as thyself hits us because that is how we have trained our “ear to hear”.  And we may be tempted to stop there.
But what is a brother or a sister?  Mere blood relation?  Mere associative names within the four walls of a community, like when we call a church member a brother or sister?  I’ve been enjoying listening to folks getting back their DNA assessments that show their genetic family trees.  Many claim to have Neanderthal in them!  How funny, amazing and profound such a realization is, to be kin with a humanoid that no longer walks our earth.
And this pupil in our eye is all about discernment; the gateway that allows just the right amount of light into the complex system that discerns form, texture, details.  I use the word “discern” with all seriousness because that is the secondary message here—how much “light” can you discern if you lose your brother and sisters, if you lose the community that is all humankind?  Like any part of this searching process, you could limit this teaching to relatives and real physical eyeballs.  But the message is so much bigger than the personal.

Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:

“They alone live, who live for others.” 
Swami Vivekananda

“All love is expansion, all selfishness is contraction. Love is therefore the only law of life. He who loves lives, he who is selfish is dying. Therefore love for love's sake, because it is the only law of life, just as you breathe to live.” 
Swami Vivekananda, Letters of Swami Vivekananda

“Where can we go to find God if we cannot see Him in our own hearts and in every living being.” 
Swami Vivekananda

Practicing Unity:

Close your eyes and breathe deeply for a moment, centering yourself.  And then, consider a close friend, feeling the compassion you hold for them.  Then try to picture their friends, their friend’s friends, taking the levels of association out and out as far as you can imagine.  Who is brother, who is sister, really?

Hokmah’s Gnosis:

To Find means to preserve and cherish the larger community that helps us discern light. 


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