Whoever knows the cosmos
discovers the body,
but the cosmos
does not deserve the one
who make that discovery.
Translation: Lynn Bauman in
The Gospel of Thomas: Wisdom of the Twin
The First Response:
How could you look through a telescope
and not sigh with wonder,
sighting back along the twist of our DNA,
the very dust of sperm and egg,
blazing against the night.
Holding your hand now before your face,
curl your fingers around eternity,
seeing your own body arrayed within like the galaxy,
the electrical arcs of the mind
the Milky Way,
when you raise your eyes to the Beloved,
matter falls away,
the creative dynamic of
Journey through Logos:
Once we become aware of our body (like our clothes, or status) we are called to look even deeper. It’s the question of “who am I?” brought to the foreground, and when we search into that with clarity and fearlessness, we can only come to the answer of Tat Tvam Asi or Thou are THAT. As amazing as our body is, it is always in flux, our thoughts like lightning, ephemeral and then lost in spaciousness. Yet, we find in that ever-changing cosmos within and without a still point of being that was never born and never dies. This focus opens for us a way to stand in change, be change, and yet reign with wisdom and compassion.
Again, the body is no denied as exposed for the ever changing material and mental construct that it is. Without compassion, we might disdain it and the cosmos. But with our hearts grounded in the Love, indeed knowing we are the Beloved in a real sense, we find the balance point where wisdom and compassion inform and support each other. We see our fleeting physical existence, even as we reach out to sustain and nurture everything around us. In that place, we find both the human and the divine, and unified, we see through the eyes of Christ.
Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:
The meeting of man and God must always mean a penetration and entry of the divine into the human and a self-immergence of man in the Divinity.
Thoughts and Glimpses (1916-17)
What men call knowledge, is the reasoned acceptance of false appearances. Wisdom looks behind the veil and sees.
Thoughts and Aphorisms, 1913
Look deeply into a mirror, seeing the passage of years. And yet, as you look, can you also see in yourself a continuing, abiding Presence that unifies the past with the future in the NOW? Which is more real for you? What might you do, in the unique expression of your life, to express that Presence in your everyday life?
We reign when we unify the wisdom of seeing our infinity with the compassion of holding our finiteness in the present moment.
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