Thursday, April 10, 2014

Gospel of Thomas: Yeshua's Vedanta, Logion 44

 Logion 44

Yeshua says

You may speak against the Father
and it will be forgotten.
You may speak against the son and it
will be dropped.
But if you speak opposing
the sacred Spirit,
that is irrevocable
both in heaven and on earth.

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

The First Response:

 Speak, then the things that are
crafted from speech,
and play with them all
like a child, tossing
rebel against them,
cast them away,
it will not matter.
But hold close the first brush
with the song,
the shape that flits across the sun-ray
the sigh of some white curve
rushing up on the beach—
hold close the world
before it rushes
into word and concept
into yes and


Journey through Logos:

The Father and Son are simply concepts we’ve created in our mind, thought-forms to hold a steady sense of God as we face the impossible immensity that is truly the Divine, Ultimate Reality, etc.  All religions to do it to a point, create something concrete in shape or word that mediates our contact with the Mystery.  But, as in the Tao te Ching’s first lines, “The name that can be named is not the Name” or the Jewish tradition of not uttering the name of God, we must not speak out against the Spirit because we cannot.  We can only play conceptually with what we bring into concrete forms of words or numbers or images, and these things are not God as IT IS or I AM THAT I AM.
This is a profound teaching, a deep teaching, about how we work with reality in our minds, filtering and naming and thinking again that we somehow know and control and have made “safe” something so vast that we truly should stand in awe, utterly speechless and beyond the conceptual mind.  And that is the trouble, because we want to be in relationship, we want to be able to grasp and hold and dance with that immensity. 
Yeshua isn’t saying that the concepts of Father and Son aren’t lovely and useful—he’s saying they are not all there is to the Mystery.  You can deny the package that humankind creates for the Divine, but you cannot deny the Presence that is timeless, infinite and infusing everything in a way un-named and un-defined.

Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:

It is not the language but the speaker we want to understand.
--The Upanishads

Practicing Unity:

Today, you might try to draw something in your environment, just looking at its shape, its textures and the way light plays over its surface.  Avoid naming—just see it.  Don’t worry if you aren’t an artist—just see.

Hokmah’s Gnosis  

Trouble arises when we think by naming something to come into relationship with it, we find we have only tried to concretize infinity.

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