Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Gospel of Thomas: Yeshua's Vedanta, Logion 100

Logion 100

They showed him a gold coin and said,

“Caesar’s agents
demand tribute
from us.”

He said to them,
“Then give to Caesar
what is Caesar’s.
Give to God
what is God’s.
And give to me
that which is mine.”
                                 Translation:  Lynn Bauman in
The Gospel of Thomas: Wisdom of the Twin

The First Response:

 What if the inevitable for us all
is not death and taxes,
but rather
Why would we render anything unto Caesar
unto God
dividing the whole universe into
a pile of pulled threads
and slippery knots
that do not hold?
Here, sit at the loom,
and I can show you how to fold in a piece of ribbon,
no knots, no stitches keeping it in place,
just the passage of warp
and the way it is packed tightly with
the rest of weft.
The cloth of Mystery does not bind,
makes such tiring distinctions--
it aligns and holds us all,
so we can wake up
truly rest.


Journey through Logos:

Would you rest?  Then begin to see that Caesar and God and Yeshua are the self-created subdivisions of a greater unity.  It takes tremendous effort to be for and against, to render unto, to try to hold all the nuances of hierarchies and divisions and states of being.  The one who rests is the one who sees through the effort-filled and painfully separating work of our analytic minds and finds that place of being.
This is not navel-gazing, nor burying your head in the sand.  Yeshua is not saying, “don’t pay your taxes.”  He’s saying, “don’t divide up your attention, wasting energy on the flux and flow of relative reality.  See the Mystery in the money, in your “idea” of God, in the person before you even as you act with the clear responsibility of the present moment.  Look through both lenses and you will find the details of life effortless and filled with joy.

Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:

“As long as a human being worries about when he will die, and what he has that is his,
all of his works are zero.
When affection for the I-creature and what it owns is dead,
then the work of the Teacher is over.” 

You have left Your Beloved and are thinking of others:
and this is why your work is in vain.”

Practicing Unity:

In what ways do you divide up your reality?  Can you see how much energy this takes?  In what way could you use that energy to be of benefit to yourself and others?

Hokmah’s Gnosis:

We enter into rest when we live out of the unity of our shared existence, rather than quibble over the categories and subtexts of life.

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