Thursday, May 8, 2014

Gospel of Thomas: Yeshua's Vedanta, Logion 78

Logion 78

Yeshua says,

Why did you come out
into the wilderness?
To see a reed
blown about by the wind?
A man dressed in soft raiment
like your rulers and the powerful?
Yes, indeed, they are clothed in fine
luxurious garments,
but what they lack
is the ability to discern truth.
                                 Translation:  Lynn Bauman in
The Gospel of Thomas: Wisdom of the Twin

The First Response:
The clothes do not make the man,
nor is standing stiff before everything
the mark of a wild one.
In nature, even the predators are fluid,
they know their purpose and reason for being.
Truth requires a softer, sidelong eye,
like taking off your glasses in the blazing sun,
and seeing the soft shadows of shapes
backlit and alone.
There, you might be able to read a truth
that media did not program into your vision
nor expectations cloud.
Our work then, is to learn to do this
in the dark
and fearlessly.


 Journey through Logos:

Reigning requires a way of looking beyond the stories told by fine trappings or titles, a way of seeing that holds both the relative and ultimate realities in gentle but fearless hands.  That means we must use a kind of inner flexibility, a sense of our own and others our true proportions that are not anything other than dry grass and eternity knit together.
 I can hear Yeshua’s deep sigh here, even though there is no leading question to trigger this saying.  He knows he is no more lasting than a reed in the wind, nor does he parade in soft clothing.  He is neither John, the wild man, nor a priest.  He is simply ourselves mirrored back to us, awakened, without a mask or persona to go before him. 

Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:

Over 80 percent of our language is actually non-verbal, so clothing, movements, expressions are part of a whole lexicon of truth.  Add to that we tend to see what we expect to see (why magic works so well), and it’s very difficult to get to the core of what is being communicated.  Today, try to see through the layers of social conditioning by simply meeting each person’s eye and being wholly present to them, beyond clothing, title or name.  How does this feel?

Practicing Unity:

What is seen is not the Truth
What is cannot be said
Trust comes not without seeing
Nor understanding without words
The wise comprehends with knowledge
To the ignorant it is but a wonder
Some worship the formless God
Some worship his various forms
In what way He is beyond these attributes
Only the Knower knows
That music cannot be written
How can then be the notes
Say Kabir, awareness alone will overcome illusion.” 

Hokmah’s Gnosis:

We reign when we stand unified in the face of truth, vulnerable and without any props.

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