Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Gospel of Thomas: Yeshua's Vedanta, Logion 101

Logion 101

Yeshua says,

Whoever does not reject
father and mother
in the way I do
cannot be my student.
Whoever does not welcome
father and mother as I do
cannot be my disciple,
for my mother brought me forth,
but Truth gave me life.

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

The First Response:
The child must awaken.
The sleepy smiles and acquiescence
morph into the slammed door,
the silence.
It’s not forever
and doesn’t mean
he or she doesn’t love—
without the walls
even the most well-meaning
parent consumes in the end
the delicate and separate

The butterfly-adult will hold the tension
between the parent and their values
the deeper agape
that sees into the universal heart—
we love for the sake of God
in all things.

Journey through Logos:
Here we see the tensions being knit together—keeping the societal values, the untruths we have picked up from our kin, and the family dynamics that have wounded us at a distance even as we love everyone deeply.  This is a perfect example of living in both relative and ultimate reality simultaneously, and many therapists might see here the healthy individual psyche at work.
All of us are flawed and what we absorb from each other must be carefully filtered through a process of experience and discernment.  But at the same time, all of us are also perfect, whole, the divine looking at us like an Icon.  We are called to hold both, and this holding is not effort-filled but restful.  To struggle against a person, try to change them or ourselves is wasted effort.  This way of loving meets the person where they are, flawed and perfect at once and no change is necessary beyond our deeper seeing.

Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:

“My God is love and sweetly suffers all.” 

“The great are strongest when they stand alone,
A God-given might of being is their force.” 

Practicing Unity:
How do you work with the energy of loved ones who push their agendas or short-sighted views of the world upon you? What strategies do you use to both love and stay true to your own knowing and truth?

Hokmah’s Gnosis:

We enter into rest when we are able to hold those we love with both a discerning distance and a recognition of our eternal oneness.

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