Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Gospel of Thomas: Yeshua's Vedanta, Logion 107

Logion 107

Yeshua says,

“The divine Realm
can be compared
to a shepherd
who had one hundred sheep.
One of the finest went astray,
so he left the ninety-nine
and went out searching
for it until he found it.”
he said,
“I longed for you more than
the ninety-nine.”

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

The First Response:
The one who breaks from the herd,
sometimes alone and fearful
sometimes full of bravado
sometimes simply
giggling with curiosity and wonder.
There is often a difference between
what is right and
what is True,
and there will always be single sheep
who will get that,
who wander away,
small feet unerring on the hard stones.
In their solitary pilgrimage,
the Shepherd may spot them at last,
“I have always loved


Journey through Logos:

This particular parable of the lost sheep is not so much about God finding but rather God approving the one who can separate from the herd and walk alone beyond instinctual action, beyond group-think and religious laws and the need to seek approval in numbers.  When I teach yoga, I often have to revisit exercises that show how much we are influenced by the even the movements of people around us—and add that to the litany in some of our minds—“is that particular student “better” than me? More poised?  Better dressed?  Do they get more attention? Should I move like that so I can be Loved?”  We seldom get a chance to feel what our practice really is when we are caught like this, members of the herd.
The sheep who wanders off is at rest.  She no longer needs the approval or support of the herd.  This is not saying she is not lonely, at risk, and maybe a little fearful at times.  It simply means she has to see herself without the mirror of others, move herself over the land at a pace that is her own, respond to her environment with discernment and decisive action.  And yet, this single one finds she is also more deeply connected to her greatest safety net and undying support system, her union with God. The herd is a false safety, a false truth, a false knowing and this little sheep gets that.

Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:

“The peace of God is with them whose mind and soul are in harmony, who are free from desire and wrath, who know their own soul.”

--The Bhagavad Gita

“The man who sees me in everything
and everything within me
will not be lost to me, nor
will I ever be lost to him.”

--The Bhagavad Gita

Practicing Unity:

What herds do you belong to?  What is are the pros and cons of being in that community?  What are the pros and cons of walking alone?

Hokmah’s Gnosis:

We enter into rest when we, like a single sheep, can tread the paths of the world without a herd, unified with our Shepherd and our God.

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