A man said to Yeshua,
Speak to my brothers
so that they will divide
my father’s belongings
Yeshua replied to him,
“Sir, who has made me the divider?”
He turned to his students and asked
“Am I here to divide?”
Translation: Lynn Bauman in
The Gospel of Thomas: Wisdom of the Twin
The First Response:
They picked up garbage along the beach,
cool 14 year old boys,
but I watched their eyes,
the way they held their bags and
let the wind catch and fill them
like ship sails.
Later, they plunged,
into gullies and blackberry-tangles
gloved hands reaching for that
plastic bottle just out of each.
I hunted along,
pointing out this red straw,
that bit of Styrofoam,
but the boys?
They had the better part.
Journey through Logos:
Where do we place most of our attention, day in and day out? The great gift of meditation is to show us precisely where—the past and future, or sometimes if we are focused, we’re driven by the work of the moment, narrowed and consumed. I’m not talking about the kind of creative or artist or athletic focus which is the embodied being working on all its cylinders, but rather, the way we can divide ourselves through-out the day.
This passage is so poignant when we look at the very real fact of religion against religion, national against nation, neighbor against neighbor, parts of ourselves at war. If unitive consciousness is real, then there can be no division at any level of the many human systems of our world. Nor even between ourselves and our natural environment. You cannot say “yes” to God and continue to invest in the divisions because that is symptom of forgetting.
Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:
“When you win and the other fellow loses, what do you see? A losing face. There is great joy in losing and making the other person win and have a happy face. Who will be the happiest person? The one who brings happiness to others.”
“Devotion gradually progresses to higher levels. . . . One type goes to God and asks Him to remove his suffering. Another one will ask for money or material things. A third will request liberation or release from his bondage. And the fourth will not ask for anything. He will just enjoy praying and praising his Lord. That is the highest form of prayer. (Beyond Word, 119)”
As you sit, gently close your eyes and inhale the many textures of the inner world—your fears, your memories, your plans, all of it. Then exhale out a sense of floating in the middle of a field of stars, upheld and unified. Continue for as long as you like, then finish with an “amen.”
We are filled with Wonder when we see that we cannot believe in the oneness of God and continue to divide and evaluate the world, thinking that is the greatest level of reality.
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