Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Discernment for Spiritual Elevation

“And he said, the person is like a wise fisherman who cast his net into the sea and drew it up from the sea full of little fish. Among them the wise fisherman discovered a fine large fish. He threw all the little fish back into the sea, and easily chose the large fish. Anyone here with two good ears had better listen!”……Logion 8 Gospel of Thomas

Though this saying of Jesus appears simple, there are three major elements that need to be understood.

First, Jesus defines what is to be truly human. The purpose of human creation when understood from an inner perspective is one of discernment. The capacity given to us, just as the whole wide open sea is available to the wise fisherman, is one of infinite potential. In our lives we constantly haul in a rich harvest of knowledge but the purpose of this knowledge must be to propel us towards our higher potentialities and not to drag us down with unwanted baggage of trivial acquisitions. This is the point that Jesus brings out in the choice that a wise fisherman is always faced with.

The second point that Jesus brings out is that as a creature we are limited, just as the fisherman and his boat in the vast ocean. If we start collecting the unwanted neither will we be nourished properly nor will be assured of our safety as an overloaded boat can easily capsize in a turbulent sea.

The third and deeper meaning of the saying is that just as the discarded little fish have the potential to survive and grow through this act of ecological responsibility the individual act of discernment and needed choice will ensure the nurturing of the cosmos and its consciousness to fully develop and evolve. Jesus says; “For many are invited, but few are chosen.”….Matthew 22:14.

This clearly means that esoteric teaching is not for all to digest. Only those who have the right type of spiritual maturity (the fine big fish) can be selected for receiving the teaching

This imprint that one makes through his act of discernment will cascade down to other souls in their nourishment.

There is another mystical aspect of the saying when studied from a linguistic and kabbalastic perspective. In Aramaic, nun means ‘fish’. The mem, the waters of the sea, is the natural medium of the nun, fish. The nun ‘swims’ in the mem, covered by the waters of the ‘hidden world’. Creatures of the ‘hidden world’ symbolize lack of higher consciousness or Avidya (ignorance) as declared in Vedic philosophy. Unlike fish, land animals, revealed on the face of the earth, symbolize possession of higher-consciousness.

‘A person is like a wise fisherman’ constantly drawing the nun out of the mem symbolizes the elevation of one’s consciousness from a state of ignorance of one’s true nature into a higher level realizing our divine nature.

So it is not surprising that this saying comes immediately after Jesus talks of the dual nature of bestial and human and the need for us to annihilate the bestial nature rooted in ignorance.

Love to you all

1 comment :

  1. When Karl Marx justifies the need and inevitability of the leadership and dictatorship of the proletariat, he says this is the class which has nothing to lose but its chains.If we translate this in terms of our spiritual search, only those of us who have less holdinds or less value attchment towards such holdings will be in a position to spearhead in this inward journey.