Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Gospel of Thomas: Yeshua's Vedanta, Logion 102

Logion 102

Yeshua says

Cursed are your
religious leaders
for they are like dogs
sleeping in the feed bin.
They do not eat
nor do they allow
the cattle to eat.
                                 Translation:  Lynn Bauman in
The Gospel of Thomas: Wisdom of the Twin

The First Response:
He was a Christian,
he said,
until he actually read the Bible.
Years later,
I still puzzle at that;
not the push back,
but the way he ran
hurt, bleeding, telling everyone,
unable to stand in the pain
of the imperfect human document,
all the while missing
the divine urge in humanity
that brought it forth.
He was probably nearer its heart than he realized
and nobody cuts us so deep
as our beloved turned betrayer.


Journey through Logos:

This is a strongly worded logion, and a hint to the passion the human Yeshua has when people are purposely treated as objects to be controlled.  The priests of his day also get a lot of heat in the Synoptic Gospels, and partially because he could see that even they did not learn from the knowledge they held so close to their chests.  As we can see here, dogs cannot actually eat the cattle food they so jealously guard.
Cattle, in a herd, could easily oust the dogs, flipping them out of the bin with their horns and greater size, chasing the dogs away with their greater size and hard hooves.  But here, the herd is literally “cowed” and allowing it to happen.  This is the dangerous side of behaviors that resemble rest—allowing abuse to happen and calling it “godly” or “holy”.  Hence the strong language from Yeshua.  We cannot love fully and well unless we first live up out of the Kingdom and we cannot do that if do not first discern the words of our religious leaders, texts, rituals, creeds and dogmas.  Having done that, if we decide to stay within an institution, we can then become a prophet and a force for good within the system.  This is like loving our parents, but also standing up as an individual.

Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:

Enlightenment is a destructive process. It
has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier. Enlightenment is the
crumbling away of untruth. It's seeing
through the facade of pretence. It's the
complete eradication of everything we
imagined to be true.” 

The Truth is the only thing you’ll ever run into that has no agenda.” 

Practicing Unity:

How do you hold the tension between your own way of seeing the divine, and the church community, ashram, temple or synagogue you participate in? How did you respond to the anger aimed at religious leaders in this logion?  What skills do you need to develop to stand in religious community and not be like the cattle kept from the feedbin?

Hokmah’s Gnosis:

We enter into rest when we discern the difference between reigning in effortless awareness and the energy of passivity.

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