Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Gospel of Thomas: Yeshua's Vedanta, Logion 109

Logion 109

Yeshua says,

The divine Realm
is like a man who owned
a field with treasure
hidden away in it.
Unaware of it he died,
leaving it to his son,
who also knew nothing about it.
After taking possession of the land
the son practically gave
 it away for nothing.
But the one who bought
it began plowing
and discovered the treasure,
 and immediately started lending money at
interest to
whomever he pleased.

                                 Translation:  Lynn Bauman in
The Gospel of Thomas: Wisdom of the Twin
The First Response:
What treasure could you discover
when you lend from your wealth
but at interest,
damages neither the lender or borrower?

Your father had it but never knew,
his son passed it by,
and now you are called to go out in the field
breaking the ground by hand,
hoping only to sow and reap,
scattering grains in dry soil.

Lo, it is turned over by the blade,
shiny and new and
instantly you think
you can free the ox and hang the plough with flower baskets?
Pause here a moment
where actions can separate you
from the smell of this dark soil,
these seeds of wheat running between your fingers.

Just what is your treasure worth?


Journey through Logos:

Through-out the Gospel of Thomas, and the Synoptics as well, there is an injunction to not lend at interest, to be healed and not to tell, to share gnosis freely for those wanting  and able to receive it.  The language of this logion, then, is curious indeed.  To me it is a warning—that the treasure we find, this place of Union, can be put back into the ego-work of commercial use, objectifying the other, and leaving the deeper intent of the Father’s ever-rich field.  Our rest then becomes a tool, separating and cold.
Rest is when the treasure is the secret of the field, nestled within it like a yolk in an egg shell.  It will not make us wealthy, cannot be used to separate one from another nor herd us all together under a rubric of law and custom and dogma. Look deeply into the field you might give away—perhaps the religion itself that you feel is unredeemable, the words that have become arid, the friendships that seem dry.  The treasure is there, perfect in its hidden nature, beyond commerce and power.

Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:

“We read the world wrong and say that it deceives us.” 

“Those who are near me do not know that you are nearer to me than they are
Those who speak to me do not know that my heart is full with your unspoken words
Those who crowd in my path do not know that I am walking alone with you
Those who love me do not know that their love brings you to my heart.”

Practicing Unity:

How do you react when you have a new insight, or are aware of a new level of being within yourself?  What are the consequences of those reactions?

Hokmah’s Gnosis:

We enter into rest when we are content to rest with the treasure of gnosis without lending it at interest to the dividing powers of commerce and status.

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