His students asked him,
When will you manifest
your self to us?
How long will it be
before we see you as you truly are?
“On the day you strip yourselves naked like
and trample your clothes on the ground under
your feet without shame,
then you will be able to look upon
the son of the Living One,
Translation: Lynn Bauman in
The Gospel of Thomas: Wisdom of the Twin
The First Response:
I will see you when
when the we-ness dissolves
and that naked place emerges
where the pupil of the eye puddles and drips
backwards into the skull,
and that full darkness coats
everything that has a name,
when the one light
can’t be seen because we are That,
in our rippling mystery.
Journey through Logos:
I like this image—when you are able to be naked so I can really see you without masks and artifice, then you will see me and that seeing will be free from projection, fear or any sense of “otherness”. This is the capping moment of a search that finally finds, when the disciple moves from walking behind to walking with his or her spiritual master in an attitude of trust and relationship. Or when we open this way to reality and God.
We can see how the logion have set us up for this moment, angle by angle, word by word. Turn now to the appendix and read the “one liners” for each movement of what it means to Search and to Find. We can begin to see why Yeshua talked about a narrow path—he really defined it with a great deal of focus and clarity and even the search itself requires a great deal of shedding our old ways of being in the world before we can even begin to understand that we have indeed “found” something worthwhile.
The next logion will shift us into the time of trouble--the inevitable effect of trying to live for a time in two paradigms.
Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:
I cannot stand anyone calling me guru. It irritates me. Who is the guru? Satchidananda alone is the guru.’ (Satchitananda=being, consciousness and bliss).
Unless one always speaks the truth, one cannot find God Who is the soul of truth. One must be very particular about telling the truth. Through truth one can realize God.
As you read slowly through the collected of Hokmah’s Gnosis that completes this second section of the Gospel of Thomas, where do you find your greatest challenge to “finding” your spiritual path? What might you do to work with this challenge?
To Find means to brave enough to see our spiritual teachers without bias or artifice, freely seeing as they see us.
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