Sunday, April 13, 2014

Gospel of Thomas: Yeshua's Vedanta, Logion 52

 Logion 52

His students said,
“Each of Israel’s
twenty-four prophets
spoke about you.”

Yeshua said,

“You ignore the one living in your
presence and talk only about the dead.”

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

The First Response:

There are times when the words fail,
no wisdom in the past,
no expectations of a future,
and I can only touch the holes on my flute,
breathing through them
what sorrows and joys have short-circuited the
cement logic centers in my mind,
eyes closed,
tiny rays of light sneaking into the carved instrument
getting mixed up with O2 and spare change,
emerging just loud enough
that the beaver cutting through the first cattail shoots
drums his one-beat response--
a flat tail hitting the water
as he dives into his own


Journey through Logos:

Comparisons are fine as far as they go, but it’s always important to understand that when we compare one thing to another, one person to another, it’s like taking a picture of a picture of a living being.  Worse, if we conflate the picture with the living being in our minds, everything organic, unexpected, non-traditional and alive will freeze in that moment. 
Comparison is also a slippery slope, causing us to make an image or sign (rather than an icon or symbol) that cannot respond in any creative way and also locks the object we have made out of someone into a set of responses that can then be evaluated and judged.  Is this not part of what sent Yeshua to the cross, this inability of those in power to see that the holy is always organic, without walls, breaking through gender and race and politics? How painful it must have been for Yeshua to hear these words coming from his disciples, those closest to him.
Why would they do this?  It’s a natural and human response to change—review what you know and place the new information in the file that best fits it.  If you can do that, you think you know it and it will create ground for you, even if the ground itself is conceptual and illusory.  And because it is a human reaction, surely this must have been what kept Yeshua struggling to teach his Way right up to the very end of his physical life.

Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:

“Your duty is to be and not to be this or that. 'I am that I am' sums up the whole truth. The method is summed up in the words 'Be still'. What does stillness mean?...  Because any form or shape is the cause for trouble. Give up the notion that 'I am so and so'. All that is required to realize the Self is to be still. What can be easier than that?” 

-Ramana Maharshi

“What is illusion?
M.: To whom is the illusion? Find it out. Then illusion will vanish.
Generally people want to know about illusion and do not examine
to whom it is. It is foolish. Illusion is outside and unknown. But
the seeker is considered to be known and is inside. Find out what
is immediate, intimate, instead of trying to find out what is distant
and unknown.” 

-Ramana Maharshi

Practicing Unity:

Music is a powerful medium because of its ability to bypass language and concept and speak directly to our hearts.  What music speaks of Christ consciousness to you?

Hokmah’s Gnosis:

Trouble arises within us when we enter into the dualistic mind of comparison in order to create a safe and familiar sense of ground.

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