Candle and Light: the Self Realized

 

In Luke 11:33-36 Jesus says this:
No one, having lit a candle, puts it in a secret place or under a basket; rather, we put it on a candlestick, so that those who come in will see the light. The light of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is whole, your whole body is full of light; but when your eye is diseased, your body is full of darkness. So, be sure that the light that is in you is not darkness. If your whole body therefore is full of light, leaving no part dark, the whole will be full of light, just as when the bright shining of a candle gives us light.
Looking to light rather than darkness is not always an easy thing to do, yet this simple dichotomy of positive/negative; good/bad; and the cultivation of mind required to distinguish and decide between them, is essential to realizing the teaching of oneness and integrity valued by the early writers of the teachings of Jesus. In Luke, care for the light involves a feedback loop, as it were–inside and out continually checked and adjusted. This hard-won light then must be shared. In the Gospel of Thomas Saying #24, we read this:
His disciples said to Jesus:  Show us the place where you are, since we must get there too.
Jesus said to them:  Those with ears, let them hear: There is light inside a person of light that becomes light to the world. Those who have no light are darkness.
Notice in this text Jesus is already there–wherever “there” is. This light appears to be both the courage to be one’s self (inside) and the courage to share that self with the world. In the Gospel of Thomas Saying #50, Jesus says:
If they should ask you, “Where have you come from?” say this to them—”We have come from the light, the place where the light came into being, made by its own hand, standing forth in their image.” If they should ask you, “Are you him?” say this—“We are his children, chosen by the living Father.” If they should ask you, “What is the sign that your Father is in you?” say this to them—”It is movement and repose.”
Notice that the recognition is based on actions, not beliefs. The actions appear to be based on a deep realization of self, as evidenced in Gospel of Thomas Saying #88:
Jesus said:  The angels and the prophets come to you, giving you what you have already.  You yourselves give them what you have, saying, “When will they come and take what is theirs?”
Angels and prophets only clarify that which Jesus’ listeners already know. This is the light they “put on a candlestick.”
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