Monday, April 7, 2014

Gospel of Thomas: Yeshua's Vedanta, Logion 41

 Logion 41

Yeshua says,
To the one who has
something in hand,
more will be given.
To the one whose hands hold nothing
even that “nothing” will be taken away.

                                 Translation:  Lynn Bauman in
The Gospel of Thomas: Wisdom of the Twin

The First Response:

There are magnetic days,
the world-filings cutting my  hands
and bowing my shoulders with I-beams.
They started as attractive burdens
but now, I don’t know how to put it all down.
I wonder how the nothing of nothing feels,
the mind-bending zero state
when I even have to give away my breath
and finally enter into the lightness of the universe
weightless in word and being
at last.


Journey through Logos:

This is a fascinating logion because it could be one of those “flip” experiences where something and nothing are played off each other, the have more-want more material culture really the one experiencing the burdens of “more” and the empty hands freed from acquisition of even spiritual experiences are finally introduce to a non-dual and non-conceptual place that is ironically the state of our greatest fullness. That’s where my poetry took me today, a place of kenosis or emptying in order to receive something that could not be added to the ego-tally of my life.

It’s the like the zen master refusing to teach a student whose mind is already too full of concepts or the image Yeshua uses in his teachings of the children stripping off their clothes and standing without masks, possessions, power or identity.  And this is deeply troubling to us.  Who are we without the things, the identities, the expectations?  It throws us back on the classic Indian question of Ramana Maharshi:  “Who are you?  Who are you really?”

Do you have the courage to stand in that kind of nakedness and seek the true answer?  And once you have found it, what will it take to live our of that knowledge?  Nothing.  Everything.  Exactly.


Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:

“Your duty is to be and not to be this or that. 'I am that I am' sums up the whole truth. The method is summed up in the words 'Be still'. What does stillness mean? It means destroy yourself. Because any form or shape is the cause for trouble. Give up the notion that 'I am so and so'. All that is required to realize the Self is to be still. What can be easier than that?”

“What is illusion?
M.: To whom is the illusion? Find it out. Then illusion will vanish.
Generally people want to know about illusion and do not examine
to whom it is. It is foolish. Illusion is outside and unknown. But
the seeker is considered to be known and is inside. Find out what
is immediate, intimate, instead of trying to find out what is distant
and unknown.” 

Practicing Unity:
If you are able to give yourself a gift of a day of silence, practice this deep asking of “who am I?”  Notice what happens when the roles, expectations, relationships, and everything we have acquired with education, money, up-bring and our religion of origin is stripped away.  What is the antidote to the “trouble” of this work?

Hokmah’s Gnosis  

Trouble arises when we are faced with the kenosis that spiritual “finding” demands of us.

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