Monday, May 19, 2014

Gospel of Thomas: Yeshua's Vedanta, Logion 88

Logion 88

Yeshua says,

The angels and the prophets
 will come and bring you
what already belongs to you,
and you will give them
what you have to give.
But ask yourself this:
When may they come
and receive back from you
what already belongs to them?

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

The First Response:
What is the exchange rate for a
prophetic voice in the wages
of our age?
How do we value the angel,
the miracle,
the times when we stood in all
our glorious aloneness
The very cloth on your body is
woven of under and over threads,
cotton relationship caught up
in nap and hue,
and tell me
where does the prophet or angel
and you
When you can effortlessly name that weave,
in your own word and metaphors,
with grace,
will you reign.


 Journey through Logos:

It would be a simple thing to write a commentary on this entire Gospel that totally focused on relationship—not just the relationship between human and human, but the trembling web of existence, where everything is in relationship with everything else.  This is not a world of economies and exchanges, of lenders and borrowers, of businesses and workers, of armies and commanders, but rather, the kind of relationship that exists between your in-breath and out-breath, between the day and night, between the moment just before creation and its continued outflow.
It is an intimate thing, this relationship that Yeshua points to.  I refer to it as a kind of Yoga in the title of my book because that is what Yoga is, a Union, a yoking together of energy and matter that is the very cresting and ever-moving wave of creation.  When he spoke of it, he used the word Abba, Daddy, but mostly his actions showed how he was immersed in that deep relationship, well beyond the reach of words.  Here, in this logion, Yeshua calls us to consider our utter inability to stand alone—not because we are weak or out of inflated pride, but because that is not our reality!  Notice, this does not mean we are not to stand, a word he uses frequently to mean our ability to discern our needy grasping at false support and our duty to step clear of such things. Rather, in our standing, we come to see that we are never alone, interwoven as we are with all that is. 

Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:

If we only look within, we will see the Light as if we were seeing our own image in a mirror. (122)” 

“Doesn't the bible say "blessed are the pure in the heart, so they shall see God?" when?
Only when there is purity in the heart; a heart peaceful and free from egoism--the "I" and the "mine." Purity of heart and equanimity of mind are the very essence of Yoga.”

Practicing Unity:
What metaphors would you use to capture the difference between relational power in this world and how Yeshua is trying to convey it?  What pictures might capture this for you?

Hokmah’s Gnosis:

We reign when we stand up firmly in the relational I AM, discerning accurately the shared and interwoven life that is THE power of God.

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