Those who make knowledge
of the cosmos their specialty
have made friends with a corpse,
but the cosmos is not worthy
of those who know it to be so.
Translation: Lynn Bauman in
The Gospel of Thomas: Wisdom of the Twin
The First Response:
I dubbed him Wilber
and my lab partner smacked me,
sort of playfully on the shoulder—
anything to keep it light enough
so that she wouldn’t throw up.
(Nurse wannabes don’t all have cast iron stomachs).
I’d dissected rabbits and chickens and fish for food,
so this bloodless little black and white
smelly in his preservative juices,
was not so hard to carve, classify and label at all.
It’s a mind I enjoy being in—
standing well back and naming, identifying, judging--
on something still breathing,
when it looks up
and for a moment
recognizes that part of me,
of IT and WE
that will never, ever,
Journey through Logos:
“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.” Albert Einstein. There is always a dance between intuition and our supposedly rational mind. The saying above in his Logion is also true if we spend all our time in Ultimate reality and learn nothing of cosmos—the trick is the balancing act of the two, the gift and the servant as the quote from Einstein shows.
To learn the facts of material existence is exciting and necessary in our world, but so, too, these “facts” must be balanced with an understanding of that living spark in the center of everything. Our science still has not been able to fully explain consciousness itself—that alone should make us rather humble when we can’t even define the very medium in which all our observations occur.
Trouble for us arises when we take the material cosmos to be the whole picture of reality, one that we can study and know it totality at that. The person who “knows they do not know” is in a more organic and “free” place than the person who screens reality through just a single lens of academic/scientific study or second hand knowledge. This in no way means that the scientist should be pitted against the spiritual person, but rather, each should use both the intuitive and rational faculties in order to be whole.
Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:
Like bubbles in the water, the worlds rise, exist and dissolve in the Supreme Self, which is the material cause and the prop of everything.
Just as a lamp illumines a jar or a pot, so also the Atman illumines the mind and the sense organs, etc. These material-objects by themselves cannot illumine themselves because they are inert.
If you were trying to explain this concept to a young child, what kinds of pictures could you use the capture the idea? Are there any stories you know that point to this balance of rational mind and intuitive sense?
Trouble arises within us when we think our relationship with the cosmos is rational, empirical and fully knowable.
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