Blessed are you who
in the midst of persecution,
when they hate
and pursue you
even to the core your being,
cannot find “you” anywhere.
Translation: Lynn Bauman in
The Gospel of Thomas: Wisdom of the Twin
The First Response:
In some Buddhist teachings
“drive all blames onto yourself.”
It’s a brilliant strategy, really,
because then you’ll come to
comes out of
denying their words,
decrying their actions,
creating of them an “other”
and, you’ll suddenly see
only rigid things can contend—
watch the grass and the windstorm
the fish in the current,
the slim slip of green breaking through rock,
water hollowing out canyons.
the ultimate joke hits--
who is this “self” you’re
driving the blame into anyway?
(Yes, you certainly can smile now
Journey through Logos:
I like this Logion very much for its practicality. Yeshua is not saying that we will not face persecution in all its many shades and flavors, but rather, if you are resting in that spaciousness of ultimate reality, there is no “you” there to injure. It’s a natural and lovely concept—when the ego or relative-reality-you stiffens against something, there can be injury. But when “you” are soft, pliable, less invested in your egoic self—in other words, when you are more deeply associated with your true Self—there is “no one” there to do harm to.
Such wisdom abounds in nature, as a few lines of the poem above point out. Truth is like that—mirrored so clearly in the play of natural world around us. The trick is to take the teachings in and make them a reality for our nimble and contentious minds and hearts.
Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:
As large as this ether (all space) is, so large is that ether within the heart. Both heaven and earth are contained within it, both fire and air, both sun and moon, both lightning and stars; and whatever there is of him (the Self) here in the world, and whatever is not (i. e. whatever has been or will be), all that is contained within it.
Arjuna, the ideas of heat and cold, pleasure and pain, are produced by the contacts of the senses with their objects. Such ideas are limited by a beginning and an end. They are transitory, O Arjuna; bear them with patience!
--Bhagavad Gita 11:14
Recall for yourself a time when you stiffened against a perceived insult. Now, imagine how the insult feels when you are “larger” and grounded in a more spacious reality. How might you remember to do this in day to day life? Is there a touchstone (quite literally) you can carry in your pocket like a stone or piece of sea glass that, when you finger it, can remind you of your larger ground and process?
We are filled with Wonder when we find there is no hard and fast “me” within us who really can be persecuted.
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