Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Gospel of Thomas: Yeshua's Vedanta, Logion 84

Logion 84

Yeshua says

When you see your own projection
into time and space
it makes you happy.
But when the time comes
that you are able to look
upon the icon of your own being,
which came into existence
at the beginning,
and neither dies
nor has yet been fully revealed,
will you be able to stand it?

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

The First Response:
The first time it happened,
it was an Australian summertime.
That night,
on the beach, we walked for a time,
children from all over the world,
and wondered at the bits of life
that glowed in the dark.
We threw the sleeping bags out on the red earth,
just on a rise above the sea,
and watched the Southern Cross float against
the backdrop of an ocean
 of glitter,
the ether so alive
it seemed to undulate like black moss.

And I, early in those cold morning hours
understood an ancient way of time
when everything stopped,
when everything went still,
but the stars bent their light around the earth,
no more timeless than I
no more finite than I.


 Journey through Logos:

Our egos are very frightened when they come to see that they are a construct of conditioning, experiences, roles and habits.  Those first few glimpses of ourselves as something larger, timeless and networked into everything can be terrifying even as they are also full of ecstasy.  The trick is to live the day to day, to stop at the red light, to cook dinner and do the laundry even as each object, each moment, each breath is also deeply sacred.  It’s a way of life that honors both our ephemeral natures and our deeper continuous link with God.
We are ever unfolding, moving like the galaxies that spin out from some still point, the microcosm to the macrocosm.  In that sense, change is the very ground of our being, and paradox cannot be avoided because we encompass all opposites, like being the energetic signature of both in-breath and out-breath.  All that wisdom way of seeing can be frightening without the corrective that Yeshua gives us: a deep relational compassion that tells us we are never alone in this and can never fall out of God, as a minister friend of mine likes to say.

Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:

"I seem to have loved you in numberless forms, numberless times, in life after life, in age after age forever.”

“The small wisdom is like water in a glass:
clear, transparent, pure.
The great wisdom is like the water in the sea:
dark, mysterious, impenetrable.” 

Practicing Unity:
How do you practice holding both your sense of timelessness and the passage of time? Can you capture this realization in art, music or words?  How does compassion feel when added to this gnosis?

Hokmah’s Gnosis:

We reign when we are able to release the ego and rest in our timeless becoming, tempered with compassion.

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