23 April | Sacred Readings v1

Jesus said, “The Kingdom of the Father is like a certain man who wanted to kill a powerful man. In his own house he drew his
sword and stuck it into the wall in order to find out whether his hand could carry through. Then he slew the powerful man.”

The Gospel of Thomas


54

In this way the effect will be seen in the person, by the observation of different cases; in the family; in the neighbourhood; in the state; and in the kingdom.

How do I know that this effect is sure to hold thus all under the sky? By this (method of observation).

Tao Te Ching


The Finding of the Beloved

I was on that day when the Names were not,
Nor any sign of existence endowed with name,
By me Names and Named were brought to view
On the day when there was not “I” and “We,”
For a sign, the tip of the Beloved’s curl became a centre of revelation;
As yet the tip of that curl was not.
Cross and Christians, from end to end,
I surveyed; He was not on the Cross.
I went to the idol-temple, to the ancient pagoda;
No trace was visible there.
I went to the mountains of Herāt and Candahār;
I looked; He was not in that hill-and-dale.
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I gazed into my own heart;
There I saw Him; He was nowhere else.

Rumi