Transition Logion 95
If you have money,
do not lend it at interest.
Give it instead
to those from whom you
cannot take it back.
Translation: Lynn Bauman
The Gospel of Thomas: Wisdom of the Twin
The First Response:
The best spiritual advice is like
listening to a street musician play,
his head bent over his guitar,
the crowds eddying around him,
the silence that folds around just his notes,
everything slowing down,
the strings vibrating,
the hand drifting back and away,
and he lifts his eyes
to meet your own.
Journey through Logos:
The theme of how to handle spiritual knowledge with wisdom and compassion continues in this transition logion. Spiritual knowledge is not like goods in a market place, nor like money lending where you expect to get back more than what you gave. Remember, if our model is to be open, unfilled spacious, getting back is not the currency of awakening, it is the way of economics and building up of the self.
Besides teaching us how best to reign within such knowledge, this is also the first intimation of resting—no withdrawal from society, no creating commerce with it, either. This is what it means to be restful, giving what we can, not looking or figuring the return for our efforts. Like taking away a filter before a candle, we are able to blaze and light the rooms we enter effortlessly. That is the secret of rest—activity without grasping after fruits.
Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:
“We have a right to our actions but not the fruits of our actions.”
--The Bhagavad Gita
"A gift is pure when it is given from the heart to the right person at the right time and at the right place, and when we expect nothing in return”
Is there something in your life that you give away without any hope or wish of a return? If not, try to be generous with something material, giving it without any attachment or even hope of a thank-you. How did that feel?
We reign when we can give of our spiritual understanding freely and without expectation of any kind of return for this will bring us our greatest peace and rest within.
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