Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Gospel of Thomas; Yeshua's Vedanta, Logion 77

 Logion 77

Yeshua says,

I am the light
shining upon all things.
I am in the sum of everything,
for everything has come forth from me,
and towards me everything unfolds.
Split a piece of wood,
and there I am.
Pick up a stone
and you will find me there.

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


The First Response:
If God is in stone,
and tree
and the long, thin finger of the English Ivy,
why take so long
haggle so hard,
about what words mean?
Love is sprinkled liberally
falling everywhere,
and any explanation is simply
God explaining God to God.
Once you get there,
that place where,
fish-like,
you swim in God,
you will walk out
in sweatshirt and jeans
arrayed like a king or queen.

KBN


Journey through Logos:

How we reign depends on how we first comprehend life itself.  If everything is liberally and equally leavened with God, including ourselves, then reigning is not “over” anything.  Rather, it is walking with the calm awareness of our belonging, our truest identity, our “enough-ness”.  If we think we are separate, needy, poverty-stricken, we will react in ways that will attempt to acquire, or ward off what others could take from us.  We reduce ourselves to our skin, our possessions, our ideologies. 
Reigning or moving through the world with a sense of sovereignty, is a kind of inner dignity that is unaffected by things like apparent change, status, gender, money, and all the other ways we try to fill the sacred hole in our heart.  But God is already home, deep within us, and as we truly awaken to THAT, we walk not just in abundance but in grace. It is our inner touchstone, and looking outward, we see it reflected over and over again in community and harmony.
Ameyn.


Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:

The plums tasted
sweet to the unlettered desert-tribe girl-
but what manners! To chew into each!
She was ungainly, low-caste, ill mannered and dirty,
but the god took the fruit she’d been sucking.
Why? She knew how to love.
--Mirabai



 

Practicing Unity:
Today, as you move through the day, practice sensing God in the world.  Do you notice that you cannot acknowledge that divinity unless you are present and aware?  What does that say to you about the very nature of God?

Hokmah’s Gnosis:

We reign in our lives when we sense the heart of Mystery in all things,
universally.


You can find Kim's entire commentary on the Gospel of Thomas in Kindle, paperback and audio formats by clicking on this link:

http://www.amazon.com/Yeshuas-Yoga-Non-Dual-Consciousness-Teachings/dp/1500628611/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1429719056&sr=8-1&keywords=yeshua%27s+yoga










Monday, April 28, 2014

Gospel of Thomas: Yeshua's Vedanta, Transition Logion 76

Transition Logion 76

Yeshua says,

The Father’s Realm
can be compared to
a merchant who discovered
a pearl hidden in a consignment
of goods.  Wisely he returned the goods
and bought the single pearl himself instead.

You too must seek out
for yourselves an enduring treasure
in that realm where moths
cannot get in to eat
or insects come to destroy.
 
                                 Translation:  Lynn Bauman in
The Gospel of Thomas: Wisdom of the Twin





The First Response:
 It’s a simple rhythm-
be disturbed or attracted,
then
take the time to be aware of
what nature, and traffic snarls and snores
feel like in the body
or how thought can snare both your ears 
and twist them around your nose,
rodeo style.
We always have the mic before us,
always glasses
always hearing aids,
but do we use them?
Do we want t o?
Walk this uphill path with me,
past the small ferns uncurling
through the body of the deadfall,
through the scattered Trillium,
their edges pink-en-ing
before they rest for another year.
Watch your step here,
the water rushing over green stones,
the subtle flash of scales in the shade.
No, it’s OK to whistle your way along,
the birds will stare at you
and share the tune with their flock
at night.
KBN


Journey through Logos:

Much knowledge, like consignment merchandise, passes through our hands. It belonged to another, we might have made a little mental income from it, but we did not find it ourselves nor does it move us in any way.  It’s just business, just entertainment.  But every now and again, a pearl glows in what we’re reading, listening to, absorbing from teachers.  Unlike simply moving the knowledge through our hands, this is the kind of knowing we take home and keep close to our hearts.  There the pearl grows even more vibrant when worn close.
It is a wonder to find such a pearl of wisdom, and when we take responsibility for aligning our life with what we have found, we enter into the phase of the spiritual journey we call “reigning” or “sovereignty”.  This is not the very public kind of Caesar energy, but rather more like Lao Tzu’s ideal ruler who “the people do not even know is there at all.”  It is also like St. Francis’ admonition to his fellow monks—“Preach the Gospel always, and sometimes, use words.”
The sayings that follow will look deeply at what it is to live out of the knowledge of unity consciousness, Christ consciousness, and the dance of relative and ultimate reality. 
Ameyn.

Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:

“There’s no value in digging shallow wells in a hundred places. Decide on one place and dig deep. Even if you encounter a rock, use dynamite and keep going down. If you leave that to dig another well, all the first effort is wasted and there is no proof you won’t hit rock again. (52)”

“The moment you understand yourself as the true Self, you find such peace and bliss that the impressions of the petty enjoyments you experienced before become as ordinary specks of light in front of the brilliant sun.”


Practicing Unity:

It is useful to sketch or write out what you think reigning means to you right now.  Say a little about what a sovereign soul might be like in the world.  Then watch as the next section unfolds and compare what you have drawn or written to the teachings of the wisdom master Yeshua.

Hokmah’s Gnosis:

We are filled with Wonder when we know that we have found the “pearl of great price," bought it and begin to reign out of it.

You can find Kim's entire commentary on the Gospel of Thomas in Kindle, paperback and audio formats by clicking on this link:

http://www.amazon.com/Yeshuas-Yoga-Non-Dual-Consciousness-Teachings/dp/1500628611/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1429719056&sr=8-1&keywords=yeshua%27s+yoga










Gospel of Thomas: Yeshua's Vedanta--The Wonder Sayings






We are filled with wonder when...

40.  when we realize we can put a great deal of space and waiting around times of trouble, and that act will show us both the wheat and weeds of our own minds and hearts.

41.  trouble awakens us into a sense of our wholeness.

42.  our daily practice of awareness becomes the way to approach death without fear.

43.  we realize that when we move in a world without assumptions, we will also find a life-giving place to rest.

44.  out of the isolation of our aloneness, we find the intimacy of our Source.

45.   we come to know the Body that is beyond all opposites.

46.  we realize how we are able to so easily ignore the inevitability of our death.

47.  we understand that all the parts of ourselves are being gently called to the Communion Table.

48.  we realize that the masterful student must work the field and gather the “profit” not by proxy but by the blisters of his own hands.

49.   we recognize that we stand blessed in all our imperfection that is perfect unto itself.

50.  we see we don’t need to know it all because we are already that ALL.

51.   we find there is no hard and fast “me” within us who really can be persecuted.

52.  we come to see that our deepest reaction to persecution and hunger creates the very questions that open our heart.

53.   we comprehend that in deeply affirming our great Yes to Mystery, we will, from our relationship with That, birth our own salvation.

54.  we realize that we do not need to be prisoners in the house of our egos

55.  we see that we cannot believe in the oneness of God and continue to divide and evaluate the world, thinking that is the greatest level of reality.

56.  we grasp that abundance is always at hand,
in a form that never can be taken from us and will never die.

57. we realize that both our sense of abundance and our sense of spiritual thirst arrive from the same place in our hearts, each balancing the other in holy paradox.

58.  we receive the message that all our inner fountains will be filled, the doors open, the harvest waiting only for our single and eternal Yes.


Transition Logion 76: We are filled with Wonder when we know that we have found the “pearl of great price,” bought it and begin to reign out of it.






You can find Kim's entire commentary on the Gospel of Thomas in Kindle, paperback and audio formats by clicking on this link:

http://www.amazon.com/Yeshuas-Yoga-Non-Dual-Consciousness-Teachings/dp/1500628611/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1429719056&sr=8-1&keywords=yeshua%27s+yoga







Thursday, April 24, 2014

Gospel of Thomas: Yeshua's Vedanta, Logion 75

Logion 75

Yeshua says,

Many are standing
at the door,
but only the single
or solitary will enter the place of union.

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

 


The First Response:

One by one.
That’s mostly how doors are made to go through.
Daily we practice it;
grimace or laugh
(depending on our day)
when shoved up against the frame by another.
Even the bride must gather her skirts,
as the onlookers clap and snap photos with their iphones,
cling tightly to her groom
as we sweeps her across the lintel.
They know the precious secret, though-
just like Mary did--
not one, not two.
KBN


Journey through Logos:
We do not pass through any doorway as a crowd.  And those rare moments when we step through a door with another, we’re united whether our minds “like it” or not—squeezed and mushed together or carried like a bride.  But mostly, we have to step through alone, our shoulders squared and our eyes wide open in authenticity.
One by one we make our passages, from birth to death, the many doors of glass and wood and accomplishment and embarrassment.  And we do it alone, at least to those watching.  It doesn’t mean there isn’t a crowd of friends on the other side.  It doesn’t mean that the whole group gathered won’t sift through, slowly, like dust on sunbeams.  They will. Or they won’t.  That’s not our work, our practice.
Yeshua came to open doors, to fill fountains, to harvest the field, but his call to each of us is unique.  And that is the wonder.
Ameyn.

Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:

“You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.”

"If I can't make it through one door, I'll go through another door- or I'll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present.”


Practicing Unity:
What doors have you recently journeyed through?  Can you draw or name them?  Who waited on each side as you left and as you entered?

Hokmah’s Gnosis:

We are filled with Wonder when we receive the message that all our inner fountains will be filled, the doors open, the harvest waiting only for our single and eternal Yes.


You can find Kim's entire commentary on the Gospel of Thomas in Kindle, paperback and audio formats by clicking on this link:

http://www.amazon.com/Yeshuas-Yoga-Non-Dual-Consciousness-Teachings/dp/1500628611/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1429719056&sr=8-1&keywords=yeshua%27s+yoga