Saturday, April 12, 2014

Gospel of Thomas: Yeshua's Vedanta, Logion 48

 Logion 48

Yeshua says,

Should two make peace
in one house,
they could speak the word,
“Move!” to a mountain,
and it would obey them.

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

The First Response:
Groaning, it sighs in dust and stone at last,
lifts itself off the continental shelf
and jumps a little, testing the air
before it floats upward.
The pines on its slope shiver,
the bears grab hold of them, point their black snouts
Rivers pours off its edges, falling on the flat land,
cutting in,
wild new patterns,
living water,
while the eagle hovers on a parallel updraft,
amazed and amused in turn:
Someone must have awakened somewhere,
unified within
and called
to them...


Journey through Logos:

I couldn’t help the poem that bubbled up today...the image was so delightfully impossible, like the floating mountains in the movie Avatar.  I just wanted to bathe in it for a moment, looking up at a mountain taking flight.  And yet, our big institutions are like mountains in some senses—seemingly immovable, hierarchical in their structure, cold sometimes, with spirit flitting around and only occasionally landing.  There are other mountainous metaphors as well—oppression, illness, greedy political structures, our own hatreds and fears and worries.  If we are unified within, each of us can be the fulcrum that moves such immensities.
And what does it mean when two make peace in one house? I believe Yeshua is pointing to the house of our body, and the two lenses through which we see the world—the dualistic or relative view that we absolutely must use to function in the world and the non-dualistic view that allows us to see the sacred in everything, to see the larger systems and relationships that are always present in the relative as well. 
Yeshua himself demonstrates this.  Think what mountains he has continued to move even after his physical death, his spirit working through countless millions.  Once again, a saying does not have to be factual to be true.  The trouble is, we don’t believe it, even at the metaphorical level.  We keep ourselves small and weak, something Yeshua is trying to gently shake from us, like shaking a child out of sleep.

Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:

All power is within you. You can do anything and everything. Believe in that. Do not believe that you are weak; do not believe that you are half-crazy lunatics, as most of us do nowadays. Stand up and express the divinity within you.


Don't look backward but go forward, infinite energy, infinite enthusiasm, infinite daring, and infinite patience then alone can great deeds be accomplished.


Practicing Unity:

Part of what Yeshua is conveying here is the energy that is available to us when we are not, in ourselves, a house divided.  Take up a writing instrument today and write down the ways you spend your energy internally—what are your worries, your fears, your great dreams, your daily lists of things to do.  These are your mountains.  Then consider what might happen if you could set aside much of what doesn’t “matter” and turn yourself toward one great affirmation for the world, the one thing for which you were created.  What is that one thing to you?

Hokmah’s Gnosis:

Trouble arises when, even as we hold relative and ultimate reality within ourselves, we doubt the inner strength it gives to us.

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