Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Sower and the Seeds

“Jesus said, Look, the sower went out, took a handful (of seeds), and scattered (them). Some fell on the road, and the birds came and gathered them. Others fell on rock, and they didn't take root in the soil and didn't produce heads of grain. Others fell on thorns, and they choked the seeds and worms ate them. And others fell on good soil, and it produced a good crop: it yielded sixty per measure and one hundred twenty per measure.” ……… Saying 9 Gospel of Thomas

The light of wisdom that emanates from the teachings of Jesus has to be spread. The disciples are the evangelizers of this wisdom and Jesus in this saying forewarns of the need for caution in the methodology to be employed. There are four situations that Jesus illustrates as possible scenarios.

He uses the powerful example of a sower sowing seeds.
Seeds that fall on the road are gathered by birds. There is a powerful symbolism in this example. A road is a predetermined path and refers to an inflexible and dogmatic mindset and any seed of wisdom that is sown will be hijacked immediately towards an interpretation to an existing perception herein beautifully described as being gathered by birds.

Some seeds fall on the rock. Jesus indicated that you need to address and impart wisdom only to those who have an open mind. The rock symbolizes an impenetrable consciousness. This may result from a total lack of desire to know anything spiritually empowering due to a consciousness rooted in ego dominated materialistic living. To such individuals the words of wisdom just bounce off and do not take root.

Some seeds fell on thorns and they were chocked and the worms ate them. Thorns in plants are ordained as self preservative devices against predators. A consciousness indulging in physical and material self preservation will resist all exterior approaches as immanent danger, it will only intake all its sustenance from its root which is in the terrestrial realm and superficial aggregations. This is explained by Jesus in
Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 13 verse 22: “The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful.”
Proverb 24 verses 30, 31 the state of a person who is not vigilant and does not prioritize his actions towards spiritually bearing fruit, is compared to a field that has been overrun by weeds and thorns. “I went past the field of the sluggard, past the vineyard of the man who lacks judgment; thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins”

Finally the seeds that fell on good soil produce a bountiful crop. There are two important meanings in this part of the saying. The first is that when wisdom finds a receptive consciousness it fructifies and thrives. For wisdom to find a resting place you need two agents namely; a sincerely seeking soul (good soil) as the primary agent and the divine act of sowing the seeds of wisdom as the secondary agent. The second is the significance of “sixty per measure and one hundred twenty per measure”.
Value sixty is assigned to the Hebrew letter
Samech (ס) and relates to the Ouroboros, which is that serpent biting its own tail. In Kabbalah, Samech, the Ouroboros, relates to that Ray that we call Okidanokh, the Ray of Creation that emerges from the Unknowable Divine. This is the integrative aspect of individual consciousness with the divine. This is the ultimate harvest.

Love to you all


  1. Nice thought provoking article, quite understandable and very useful in reading our own mind relating to the scenarios quoted in the article.


  2. Thank you Kavitha for your feedback.

  3. The article is very nice sir...But could you tell me what are kabbalah,samech,and ouroboros?For me,these are new words....and could you tell me the exact meanings for serpent and emanate?

  4. Dear Sadhvika,
    Kabbalah is a tradition of Jewish mysticism lie we have Sufi tradition in Islam. Samech is an alphabet of the Hebrew and Ourboros is the symbol of 'serpent eating its own tail'.
    Serpent is generally associated with wisdom in many religious or spiritual tradition. Emanate means 'to flow out'.
    Thank you for your interest.