Adam came into being
out of a great power
and yet he is not superior to you.
Had he been prepared for it,
he would not have tasted death.
Translation: Lynn Bauman in
The Gospel of Thomas: Wisdom of the Twin
The First Response:
My cousin made etchings of
knight graves in England,
the overly tall and slender stone carvings
caught on black paper
and gold crayon,
rolled and tubed and carried by air to this mythical land,
framed to stare out over televisions
and lounging poodles
and pizza boxes.
Some folks wear a bracelet of tiny skulls,
others like to wander through old cemeteries,
or old family albums.
We sip death,
no more than two fingers at a time,
like testing for an allergy,
like trying on a too-sexy dress
on a rainy and cold afternoon.
Maybe that is good—
just enough flavoring to make us
Journey through Logos:
It is not enough to be created in the image of God. Even Adam, directly formed and breathed into life had not been able to manifest the consciousness that allows us all to go beyond the duality of life and death. That was the corrective that Yeshua was trying to instill in us, rather than the shadowy sense of original sin, which didn’t even become a clear doctrine in the church for centuries.
The taste of death is not the experience of actual death, but rather, the worry, the anxiety, the shadowy presence of our mortality that tints and flavors everything we do. It is the unconscious “elephant in the room” that we spend so much time running around. Our birthright is to see death fully and say “yes” to this manifest fact of life, even as we understand our “yes” is also a complete belief that this caravan we walk with will go forward not just inevitably but also joyfully.
Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:
Death is as sure for that which is born, as birth is for that which is dead. Therefore grieve not for what is inevitable.
Governing sense, mind and intellect, intent on liberation, free from desire, fear and anger, the sage is forever free.
What is your favorite way to avoid the truth of your physical death? In what ways do you look it boldly in the eye in your day to day life?
We reign when we understand that we have the capacity to overcome our fear of death and live with joy and enthusiasm.
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