Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Gospel of Thomas: Yeshua's Vedanta, Logion 99

Logion 99

His students said to him,

“Your brothers and
your mother are standing
just outside the door.”

“My true mother and brothers
are those present right here
who fulfill my Father’s desires.
It is they who will get into
my Father’s realm,” he replied.  

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

The First Response:
What voices wait outside your door
outside this place
where you have dusted
and arranged the cushions,
filled the larder with food
for your soul?
Some say, let all come in.
If you have built on a firm foundation,
if you know your walls
and ceilings and floors
deeply and well,
then you can throw open the windows
hook the door wide,
and even the red and sticky mud on their feet
will not bother you
at all.


Journey through Logos:

Our house, our cave of the heart, becomes a place of rest when we are able to discern what voices within us serve a higher purpose and what voices do not, what voices are ours and what never were, what voices are companions and guests for the journey of our lives.  We will find rest when we are able to wholly understand this.
We are easily swayed by the thoughts and actions of those closest to us, but they stand outside our house, our place of centering built on the foundation of wisdom and compassion. Until we can live out of this place, we have to learn our rest must come from closing the doors and windows to some.  Most mystical traditions say this is a stage, though.  At some point, we will be so firmly established that we will not need the wall and the sword because we will begin to live out of ultimate reality, out of that great Oneness of life. 

Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:

“You may control a mad elephant;
You may shut the mouth of the bear and the tiger;
Ride the lion and play with the cobra;
By alchemy you may learn your livelihood;
You may wander through the universe incognito;
Make vassals of the gods; be ever youthful;
You may walk in water and live in fire;
But control of the mind is better and more difficult.” 

“The entire universe is God's cosmic motion picture, and that individuals are merely actors in the divine play who change roles through reincarnation; mankind's deep suffering is rooted in identifying too closely with one's current role, rather than with the movie's director, or God.”

Practicing Unity:
What important friends do you let into the house of your self?  What voices have you learned to leave outside?

Hokmah’s Gnosis:

We enter into rest when we begin to understand that we are the discerning gatekeepers to our own inner homes of mind and heart.

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