For what reason would you
only wash the outside of a cup?
Do you not realize
that the creator of the outside
is the one that made the inside was well?
Translation: Lynn Bauman in
The Gospel of Thomas: Wisdom of the Twin
The First Response:
water of course,
lots of that,
so one day
I’ve swirled them around in my
black and bear
the crisp white totem symbol
that flares out even
when I need a sip at midnight.
Her wise, slanted eyes and flaring nose
tell me the truth, though-
the most useful thing about a cup
its perfectly accepting
Journey through Logos:
The inner is as equally created by God as the outer—the inner that allows, discerns, opens, accepts, builds relationship and creative outflow and holds memory, the place where past, present and future meet in constant dynamic chaos, undershot with a deep river of silence and poise. Much of the Gospel of Thomas reflects this movement of the awareness and care of inner selves, particularly this ephemeral thing that we call our consciousness in all its hues and textures, even as it gently shows us how much time we actually put into caring for the ultimately unreal masks, the form, the persona.
Reigning is about learning the language of the empty cup—being able to use its poetic interior language of allowing, accepting, holding or containing, structuring, nurturing, in a way that frames our relationships and makes them the very stuff of holiness.
Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:
When the scriptural philosopher dissects words and thoughts with the scalpel of his reason, he may grow so fond of theoretical knowledge and of mentally separating wisdom into various segments that he may "dry up" through lack of the experience of truth in divine ecstasy. If a person spent his lifetime in analyzing the properties of water and in examining water from different sources all over the world, he would not thereby quench his thirst. A thirsty man, without fussing over the atomic constituencies, selects some good water; drinking it, he becomes satisfied. An exoteric jnana yogi—a follower of the path of discriminative reason—may read and analyze all the scriptures and still not slake his soul thirst.
God is the life behind your life, the sight behind your eyes, the taste behind your tongue, and the love behind your love. To realize this to the fullest extent is Self-realization. Without God's power you can do nothing.
Create for yourself a list of the attributes of the empty cup. What do your words tell you about reigning?
We reign when we embody the qualities of the empty cup, clean within and without,
so that we might be of the greatest use.
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