Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Gospel of Thomas: Yeshua's Vedanta, Logion 70

Logion 70

Yeshua says,

When you give birth
to that which is
within yourself,
what you bring forth will save you.
If you possess nothing within,
that absence will destroy you.

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

The First Response:
Have I looked into Your face,
and not seen a thousand-thousand ripples
of creative outpouring?
Forgive me, then,
I did not understand.
Words and walls You’ve
pushed aside now,
and in the place where
I can imagine a labyrinth laid out
in stone and shell,
the sheep are grazing, knee-deep in greenest grass,
their winter coats dirty
but their ears flicking,
as they walk, spiraling.

Journey through Logos:

Echoing the previous two Logion, this capstone captures the essence of Yeshua’s teaching on how to work with persecution and suffering—by birthing (making manifest) the firm conviction that relative reality is not all there is.  It is one thing to understand that deep suffering can be a window into the divine, quite another to live out of that knowledge.
This logion can also refer to any movement within that is life affirming—an authentic response to our world that arises out of our more experiential connection to our Source. Giving birth is not an act of will so much as the inexorable force of things ripening and moving toward wholeness.  But in order to be birthed, there must be something there that is tangible, that is a potent mix of you and the Truth you have wed.  There must have first been that silent and wordless Yes.  And out of that Yes, we birth our own salvation.

Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:

O friend! hope for Him whilst you live, know whilst you live, understand whilst you live: for in life deliverance abides.
If your bonds be not broken whilst living, what hope of deliverance in death?
It is but an empty dream, that the soul shall have union with Him because it has passed from the body:
If He is found now, He is found then,
If not, we do but go to dwell in the City of Death.
If you have union now, you shall have it hereafter.


“If you don't break your ropes while you're alive, do you think ghosts will do it after?”


Practicing Unity:

What does birth mean to you in all its realities and metaphors? Write the many textures down and then look at this Logion again.  How is this multivalent word a clue to fully living in spiritual wonder?

Hokmah’s Gnosis:
We are filled with Wonder when we comprehend that in deeply affirming our great Yes to Mystery, we will, from our relationship with That, birth our own salvation.

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