Friday, May 9, 2014

Gospel of Thomas: Yeshua's Vedanta, Logion 79

Logion 79

A woman in the crowd said to him,

“Fortunate is the womb
which bore you,
and the breasts
which nourished you.”

Yeshua turned to her and said,
“The ones who hear
the Father’s Word
and guard its truth
are truly fortunate.
But the days are coming
when you will say,
‘Lucky is the womb that never bore,
and the breasts that never gave milk’.”
                                 Translation:  Lynn Bauman in
The Gospel of Thomas: Wisdom of the Twin

The First Response:
Lift your eyes now,
the volcano floats in a cloak of red,
and all the clouds whisper fire
one to another.
Even in the cool evening,
pressure and heat rage beneath my feet
and over my head.
Maybe that is why I like living here
where the stony ground can move at any time—
Or a tsunami lap voraciously at the edges of all we have built.
Truth is paradoxical at its core,
and yet
the beauty

 Journey through Logos:

As in the Synoptic Gospels, this message is hard to hear at first—the overtones of gloom and doom tend to stop up our more sensitive intuitive ears.  And yet, hope brings us back to the text, to listen deeper. When we reign, we will be accorded accolades—remember when Buddha was asked if he we an angel or a god?  And he replied, “no, I am merely Awake.”  This is what Yeshua is hinting at here—if you believe your parents blessed to have had you, if you believe the hype around you, you will then surely hear the opposite and be brought low.
Hear, also, how he gently deflects the compliment.  Yeshua knows that his energy and glow come from his oneness with God, and that is the blessing he focuses on.  It is not that he is denigrating the flesh here, but rather, points to the deep gnosis that enlivens not just his life, but the lives of all.

Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:

People see his pleasure ground; Him no one sees at all.

--Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

But the wise, self-controlled, and tranquil souls, who are contented in
spirit, and who practice austerity and meditation in solitude and silence,
are freed from all impurity, and attain by the path of liberation the
immortal, the truly existing, the changeless Self.
-Mundaka Upanishad

Practicing Unity:

Today, think back to a time of either great praise or blame, and then connect with your sense of union with God.  Once you are grounded, feel how you might respond out of that place of reigning, that sees truth and speaks/acts out of compassion.  What would you have done or said differently as you faced the energy of others?

Hokmah’s Gnosis:

We reign when we are able to remain grounded in that union with God, even in the face of compliments and curses alike.

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