Friday, April 4, 2014

Gospel of Thomas: Yeshua's Vedanta: Transition Logion 38

Transition Logion 38

Yeshua says,

On many occasions
you have longed
to hear such words as
the ones I am speaking to you,
but you had no one to go to.
The day will come again
when you will seek for me,
but you will not be able to find me.

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

The First Response:

I picked up bits of sea glass as I walked,
head bent,
in search of that elusive blue or green
amidst the barnacled shells
and fractured bits of water-soothed volcanoes.
It took a yell from my husband
for me to lift my head,
and OH!
A glorious arch of color footed itself
in the Sound,
its curve lost in blue skies
but its foundations defined by low, patchy clouds.

For one moment in time,
I’d seen the ends of the rainbow.


Journey through Logos:

If we are following Lynn Bauman’s theoretical metaframe, that the Gospel of Thomas can be evenly distributed among the topics of searching, finding, trouble, wonder, reigning and rest, with a transition logion standing between each section, these words bear both an invitation and a warning.
The invitation is that if we put the “way” of Yeshua into practice, we will indeed find what we have been searching for.  All the struggle that came before to see a new paradigm, a new way of being in relationship, a new way of working with both the material universe and the ephemeral “spirit” within us all will begin to snap into clear focus. 
The warning is simple—“you must find because if you are taking me as your physical guide, I won’t always be here.  The teaching must be internalized; you must take a stand and proclaim to yourself that you have found a way to work with the world.  That takes an incredible act of bravery and discernment, one that, as we shall see in the section that follows this one, is laced with “trouble”.  But then, any undertaking that promises to change our lives will of course require of us tremendous inner resources, a blend of heart and head, a huge helping of grace, and a kind of egoless allowing that is often the most difficult piece of all.
Trouble awaits us, though, as we struggle to implement the implications of a new paradigm.  It is a necessary stage, the mixed emotions of holding two paradigms at once for a time, and really beginning to see what discipleship means.

Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:

I come to tell you all of Him,
And the way to encase Him in your bosom...
And yet when I am only a dream to you, 
I will come to remind you that you too are naught
But a dream of my Heavenly Beloved;
And when you know you are a dream, as I know now,
We will be ever awake in Him.

-Parmahamsa Yogananda

Tell me what kind of company a person keeps and I will tell you what he is. We always enjoy the company of those who flatter us, but this weakens us. We should prefer the company of those who tell us the truth and help us to be better. He is your best friend who humbly suggests to you how you may improve and benefit yourself. If we always live in the company of flatterers, it is bad for us-for our spiritual growth.

-Paramahamsa Yogananda

Practicing Unity:

Close your eyes and breathe deeply into your belly.  When you have settled, allow yourself to feel any places in your heart or belly or mind that feel heavy, frightened, alone.  Inhale and give those sensations your full attention.  Exhale and send them a sense of companionship and acceptance.  Breath by breath, continue this inner conversation without needing to change anything, run for help or run away from yourself.  Simply be “with”.

Hokmah’s Gnosis 

Transition: The work of Finding ripens still more when we encounter trouble; finding fulfills the deep mission of the spiritual guide, which is to create students who no longer need him or her as simply someone to follow, but who begin to come to their own feet and stand—but this can be deeply troubling to us.

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