Do not spend your time
from one day to the next
worrying about your
outer appearance, what you wear and
what you look like.
Translation: Lynn Bauman in
The Gospel of Thomas: Wisdom of the Twin
The First Response:
The picture was faded,
sat on a old horse simply named
hair in pig-tails, bits loose and caught in my mouth,
striped pants and
the fat old mare,
sagging on one hip,
her black tail a brush stroke of blurred motion.
How relaxed the look on my face.
Do my muscles still remember
how to smile
Journey through Logos:
This logion reflects the concept of the house of the ego, but this time from the outside in—if Logion 34 was about the experience of the Self bound within the confines of the small self, this is the picture of how we also wear societal masks in the form of dress and appearance to display the ego to the world. Both the inner walls and the outer masks contribute to make us feel alone, afraid and judged.
It also take tremendous energy to maintain both the walls and the masks, energy that could be spent in other more creative ways. The fire that is seeded into the cosmos is reduced to something personal, small and ultimately selfish. Notice Yeshua isn’t saying, “don’t dress carefully” or “don’t take a bath, brush your teeth or wash your hair.” Self-care at this level is important. Rather, he is pointing out that we spend a great deal of our time in worry, day after day. Worry is a milder form of trying to control a situation or an appearance, and Yeshua is asking us to question why we do this. In this country, such worry is the root of huge industries—makeup, apparel, tooth whiteners, slimming products, on and on. In a sense this fundamental fear is what drives most of our economy. Trace any advertising to its root emotion and you will find worry and fear at its base.
Yet, if we are part of the great I-I, the union with God, everything is already ours and basic self-care is part of the respect of the divine to the divine. That’s all. It’s that simple. And that confounding.
Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:
Learn everything that is Good from Others, but bring it in, and in your own way absorb it; do not become others.”
Be not afraid of anything. You will do marvellous work. It is fear that is the great cause of misery in the world. It is fear that is the greatest of all superstitions. It is fear that is the cause of all our woes, and it is fearlessness that brings heaven even in a moment. Therefore, "arise, awake and stop not until the goal is reached.”
“You find in Krishna that non-attachment is the central idea.”
It is very enlightening to keep an informal track how of much, in the course of a day, you think about or work at the appearance of yourself for appearance sake and not just basic care of your body. If you feel called, jot down each time your mind turns this way. Do this practice in the spirit of humor or the scientific mood of just seeing how your mind works, not out of violence toward yourself. What did you find?
To Find means to turn the energy of worrying about externals into fire of internal creativity.
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