Thursday, May 29, 2014

Gospel of Thomas: The Teachings on Rest

We enter into Rest when

96. we yeast our lives with simplicity, an  honest relationship with everything and a sense of transparency.

97. we move in the world of actions with both wisdom and compassion.

98. we first confront the walls within ourselves before we try to move decisively with wisdom and compassion in the world.

99. we begin to understand that we are the discerning gatekeepers to our own inner homes of mind and heart.

100.                      we live out of the unity of our shared existence, rather than quibble over the categories and subtexts of life.

101. we are able to hold those we love with both a discerning distance and a recognition of our eternal oneness.

102. we discern the difference between reigning in effortless awareness and the energy of passivity.

103. we are able to see the world accurately from our sovereign seat of deep awareness, even as the actions of that world continue around us.

104. we can use the tools of entering into presence at the right time and for the right reasons.

105. we are able to see that our sometimes painful interactions in community are simply the continued birth-pains that are part of being a Unified One.

106. unified, we are wholly human and wholly divine,
and the mountains are not any different from the ground on which we stand.

107. we, like a single sheep, can tread the paths of the world without a herd, unified with our Shepherd and our God.

108. when we abide in the Becoming that is action in non-action, knowing that there, all paradoxes cease, in the deepest unity of relationship.

109. we are content to rest with the treasure of gnosis without lending it at interest to the dividing powers of commerce and status.

  1. we understand our kingdom and treasure, our gnosis, is worth more to us than the value assigned such things in relative reality.

  1. all the parts of ourselves come together in wholeness, allowing heaven and earth and death to all pass away.

  1. when we function out of the place that is equally of spirit and embodied being.

  1. after sharing our view of the world to those who ask, simply let any expectation of understanding go.

114. we are spacious, inclusive, discerning, gentle, humor-filled and fearless in our relationships, becoming the living proof of all that Yeshua has tried to teach.

You can find Kim's entire commentary on the Gospel of Thomas in Kindle, paperback and audio formats by clicking on this link:

http://www.amazon.com/Yeshuas-Yoga-Non-Dual-Consciousness-Teachings/dp/1500628611/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1429719056&sr=8-1&keywords=yeshua%27s+yoga


Gospel of Thomas: Yeshua's Vedanta, Logion 114

Logion 114

Simon Peter said to them all,

“Mary should leave us
for women are not
worthy of this Life.”

Yeshua said,
“Then I myself will lead her,
making her male
if she must becomes
worthy of you males!
I will transform her
into a living spirit
because any woman changed
in this way
will enter the divine Realm.”

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


  
The First Response:
That he should end this journey joking,
poking fun and laughing quietly to himself.
That he should settle down,
Mary’s hand in his own
squeezing it to let her know
for a time
he was there,
that he knew she knew
that they still didn’t know,
and even then have the sense
to tell them one more time,
the divine realm will heat us and mix us
wild atoms thrown into form
the energy of our love
speaking down through the corn fields
and in the eyes of lovers
long after the sun
expands and devours us whole,
the music will flow on
unimpeded and waiting
only
for ears
that
hear.

KBN

Journey through Logos:

If the previous logion was laced with impatience, this one actually shows an even clearer glimmer of what it might have been like to learn at the knee of Yeshua—humor, gentle chiding, including all effortlessly into relationship, even when the situation is so hot that feminists today still rage at this saying.  He is teaching us how to laugh, the highest and best litmus test for intelligence and understanding, as well as show us the best way to rest.  Be spacious, inclusive, discerning, gentle and fearless in our relationships, because then you are the living “proof” of everything Yeshua is trying to teach. 
It is fascinating that we end with this logion, this snapshot of how to be in the world and be spiritual.  Some authors also see that this is a call to go forward and read the Gospel According to Mary Magdalene, a text that would have been in circulation about the same time as this Gospel of Thomas. However you see it, I hope you are smiling away with me, here at the end of our journey together.
Now, the work is in your hands.  If you are called, I hope you do as I have done, take a logion a day and walk for a while beside Yeshua.  Scripture of any kind is only as alive as its readers, only as dynamic as what is put into practice by the living, only as holy as it is able to lead us to a tangible wholeness.
Ameyn.

Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:

“I am looking at you,
You at him,
Kabir asks, how to solve
This puzzle--
You, he, and I?”

--Kabir

“I am not a Hindu, 
Nor a Muslim am I!
I am this body, a play
Of five elements; a drama
Of the spirit dancing 
With joy and sorrow.”

--Kabir

Practicing Unity:
How do you make use of humor and honesty together in your interactions in the world?  What “tips” can you see in this logion to help you in your daily relationships?

Hokmah’s Gnosis:

We enter into rest when we are spacious, inclusive, discerning, gentle, humor-filled and fearless in our relationships, becoming the living proof of all that Yeshua has tried to teach.

You can find Kim's entire commentary on the Gospel of Thomas in Kindle, paperback and audio formats by clicking on this link:

http://www.amazon.com/Yeshuas-Yoga-Non-Dual-Consciousness-Teachings/dp/1500628611/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1429719056&sr=8-1&keywords=yeshua%27s+yoga



Gospel of Thomas; Yeshua's Vedanta, Logion 113

Logion 113

His students asked him,

“On what day
will the kingdom
arrive?”

“Its coming cannot be perceived
from the outside,” he said.
“You cannot say,
‘Look, it’s over there’ or
‘No, here it is.’
The father’s realm
is spreading out
across the face of the earth
and humanity is not able
to perceive it.”
 
                                 Translation:  Lynn Bauman in
The Gospel of Thomas: Wisdom of the Twin

  
The First Response:

Do you sometimes wonder
why he did not weep more in his aloneness?
The disciples he had called,
falling asleep outside in the Garden,
mumbling to themselves
dreams of power,
poised just over that ridge,
just behind this drooping eyelid.
Alone he went to his trial
and to his cross
and to his tomb,
or rather
surrounded by one-eyed men and women
who never really learned
to brush the crusted sands of
 sleep
away.
KBN

Journey through Logos:

I often hear the human Yeshua brush through these sayings, sometimes laughing and sometimes at the very edge of his patience.  Here, he is bluntly telling his disciples what he has been trying to show through parable and his living presence—heaven is right here, earth is right here, together, they are one and this is what it means to be whole.  There are times I feel so deeply for him—the loneliness he must have experienced as he tried again and again to bring people into the brilliant, fearless, fully alive world he knew intimately.  I think he largely failed, and he knew that, too. 
The lesson of rest here is knowing at what point to be blunt; to give away the whole enchilada and then let go.  As we shall see in the next logion, the key to that is to come back to a sense of humor and spaciousness rooted in human relationships and contact.
Ameyn.

Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:

“Today it is heaped at your feet, it has found its end in you
The love of all man's days both past and forever:
Universal joy, universal sorrow, universal life.
The memories of all loves merging with this one love of ours -
And the songs of every poet past and forever.” 

--Tagore

“We read the world wrong and say that it deceives us.” 

--Tagore


Practicing Unity:
How do you react when you are misunderstood?  What tools do you use to communicate with others?  What new tools would you like to learn?

Hokmah’s Gnosis:

We enter into rest when, after sharing our view of the world to those who ask, simply let any expectation of understanding go.

You can find Kim's entire commentary on the Gospel of Thomas in Kindle, paperback and audio formats by clicking on this link:

http://www.amazon.com/Yeshuas-Yoga-Non-Dual-Consciousness-Teachings/dp/1500628611/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1429719056&sr=8-1&keywords=yeshua%27s+yoga




Gospel of Thomas: Yeshua's Vedanta, Logion 112

Logion 112

Yeshua says,

Wretched is the flesh
that is dependent upon the soul,
and the soul that is
dependent upon the flesh.
 
                                 Translation:  Lynn Bauman in
The Gospel of Thomas: Wisdom of the Twin

  
The First Response:
If our hand never stroked
the imperfect skin of our lover,
looked into gray eyes
and watched, later
the sod fall on the coffin,
a lifetime flashed and glimmered and gone,
what use the soul then?

If we had never paused,
picnic spread out in the graveyard,
and wondered, wandered
out beyond such things
 as beginnings and endings
this and that,
never learned to pray and BE
what use this body then?

Do not be so quick to stop living a full life;
do not be so satisfied to ignore the
urge to search
and find
and be troubled
and to wonder
and reign
so one day, you will rest
in dynamic fullness

indeed.
KBN

Journey through Logos:
Yeshua is trying very hard to show in this Logion the power that he himself represents, the fully embodied human who is fully in union with God.  Humankind errs on either side, falling into pure body consciousness or trying to ignore the body wholly in favor of the “spirit”.  Neither works quite simply because neither is reality.  We are embodied.  We are Spirit.  And until those two pieces slide together seamlessly, there will always be struggle, confusion, anger and loneliness.  Truly, Yeshua is giving us the very recipe for rest.
The impulse to move either way, more toward the body or more toward the spirit should alert us to a wound we are carrying within us, an inability to be vulnerable to some part of ourselves.  Yeshua is as much healer as wisdom teacher, or prophet or “savior”.  We are given such a great opportunity here to re-find the natural balance of body and spirit that God intended for us.
Ameyn.


Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:

All that is real in me is God; all that is real in God is I. The gulf between God and human beings is thus bridged. Thus we find how, by knowing God, we find the kingdom of heaven within us.

--Vivekananda

As long as we believe ourselves to be even the least different from God, fear remains with us; but when we know ourselves to be the One, fear goes; of what can we be afraid? As soon as I think that I am a little body, I want to preserve it, to protect it, to keep it nice, at the expense of other bodies; then you and I become separate.

-- Vivekananda

Practicing Unity:
Do you feel you err one way or the other, more toward spirit or more toward body?  Why do you think this might be so?  Is there a wound you can point to that makes this more understandable to you?

Hokmah’s Gnosis:

We enter into rest when we function out of the place that is equally of spirit and embodied being.

You can find Kim's entire commentary on the Gospel of Thomas in Kindle, paperback and audio formats by clicking on this link:

http://www.amazon.com/Yeshuas-Yoga-Non-Dual-Consciousness-Teachings/dp/1500628611/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1429719056&sr=8-1&keywords=yeshua%27s+yoga





Gospel of Thomas: Yeshua's Vedanta, Logion 111


Logion 111

Yeshua says,

Heaven and earth
will completely disappear
in your presence,
and the one who lives by means
of the Living One
will not see death,
because, as Yeshua says,
“The cosmos is not worthy of the one
who discovers the Self.”
 
                                 Translation:  Lynn Bauman in
The Gospel of Thomas: Wisdom of the Twin
  
The First Response:

Oh, my friend,
it’s never this or that,
and saying the right thing
must include the wrong by design.
Musical notes hang on their lines
but the melody evoked, where does it rest?
The brush strokes are but sea-foam to the ocean
of the artist’s vision,
and when I tuck my child in,
even though he’s 14 and resistant to such things,
it is the silence after the light is switched out,

that he nestles into
because of the fragile presence that has made it
loving and safe.
KBN

Journey through Logos:

This logion is about as close as you can come to articulating non-dual consciousness using largely Christian language. Heaven and earth are brought together in a single point, and living out of that singleness death is also transcended with the rest of the paradoxes of our journey.  The fear that motivates our greed, our violence, our neediness is all incorporated within this larger Self, the True Self, as Thomas Merton called it.
The rest comes as a direct energy of this transformation; all the things we struggle with in life are unified and made whole within us.  Nothing is neglected or rejected, nothing held up as a trophy or award.  This leveling is not about losing anything that makes us juicy human being, though!  It simply means that the shadows of our lives are now soaked in light and we have become steady, conscious and awake.
Ameyn.


Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:

“We realize--often quite suddenly--that our sense of self, which has been formed and constructed out of our ideas, beliefs and images, is not really who we are. It doesn't define us, it has no center.” 

 
Adyashanti,

“The way they perceive the world suddenly changes, and they find themselves without any sense of separation between themselves and the rest of the world.” 


Practicing Unity:

 How do you react when you think of heaven and earth and death all passing away?  What does this mean in your own words?

Hokmah’s Gnosis:

We enter into rest when all the parts of ourselves come together in wholeness, allowing heaven and earth and death to all pass away.

You can find Kim's entire commentary on the Gospel of Thomas in Kindle, paperback and audio formats by clicking on this link:

http://www.amazon.com/Yeshuas-Yoga-Non-Dual-Consciousness-Teachings/dp/1500628611/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1429719056&sr=8-1&keywords=yeshua%27s+yoga