Friday, May 23, 2014

Gospel of Thomas: Yeshua's Vedanta, Logion 96

Logion 96

Yeshua says,

The Father’s realm
can be compared
to a woman
who takes a tiny bit of yeast,
folds it into dough
and makes great loaves
out of it.
Whoever has ears for this, listen!

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

The First Response:

How do you yeast your day?
With the gentle touch,
the joke at the right time,
the tissue handed over without comment or advice,
filling the bird feeder,
scratching the dog ear,
putting aside the novel to greet the person at the door
without any resentment or echo of characters
in your eyes.
It’s more than being present I think.
It’s the motion of engagement,
the relationship movements,
folding grace into
the bread of our lives.

Journey through Logos:

We fold the yeast of our spiritual selves into our day by remaining engaged, present, simple and giving.  In truth, the Spirit is blended into us as salt in water, as yeast well-kneaded into bread.  When we live out of the knowledge of this, we feed not just ourselves but those around us, coming to the very heart of this teaching which is the art of graceful and conscious relationship with everything.  This is the rest that Yeshua is trying to convey.  It is not about withdrawal, not about taking the higher rung on hierarchies of wealth, status or even spiritual prowess.  It is life well lived at the zero sum, a place where there is no effort in our lives because the vast amount of energy we usually expend shoring up our egos and furthering our own agendas falls away.  But life itself does not fall!  It enriches us even more, adding energy to energy.

Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:

"Place this salt in water, and then wait on me in the morning."
The son did as he was commanded.

The father said to him: "Bring me the salt, which you placed in the water last night."

The son having looked for it, found it not, for, of course, it was melted.

The father said: "Taste it from the surface of the water. How is it?"

The son replied: "It is salt."

"Taste it from the middle. How is it?"

The son replied: "It is salt."

"Taste it from the bottom. How is it?"

The son replied: "It is salt."

The father said: "Throw it away and then wait. . .on me.

He did so, but the salt exists forever.

Then the father said: "Here also, in this body, . . . you do not perceive the True, my son; but there indeed it is.

"That which is the subtle essence, in it all that exists has its self. It is the True. It is the Self, and you, Svetaketu, are it."

--Chandogya Upanishad

Practicing Unity:

How do you yeast your day?  What practices help you be present and yet engaged with the world?

Hokmah’s Gnosis:

We enter into rest when we yeast our lives with simplicity, honest relationship and a sense of transparency.

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