You Want To Cut Me Where?!

His disciples said to him, "Is circumcision useful or not?" He said to them, "If it were useful, their father would produce children already circumcised from their mother. Rather, the true circumcision in spirit has become profitable in every respect." Gospel of Thomas 53

One day the bishop traveled to an island where he heard a community of  three monks resided.  Having never heard of them, he went to check their theology and practice to ensure its orthodoxy.  Sure enough, they spent most of their day in contemplation, but they knew little of the doctrines of the church.  They did not even understand that the Trinity was the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  After guiding them to "right belief".  He got in his boat and began to row to the mainland.  Suddenly he sees the three monks walking on the water to him asking him what the trinity was again.  He said, what they were doing is fine, and sailed away humbled and amazed.  Religious ritual solely for the sake of tradition is downright goofy if one has not awakened.  When realization is to be had, then rituals come alive.  What changed?  The ritual?  You?  The ritual is the same, only your awareness has changed.    Any ritual can be an offering to awakening.  Or it can be simply something you do mindlessly.  How hard it is to remain open!  Try brushing your teeth simply remaining open to the experience without your mind wandering.  This present moment is sacred.  Some what to cling only to the past.  Religions do it, people of all stripes do it.  When one has eyes to see and ears to here, then everything becomes holy and sacramental.

Comments

  1. This is a funny post.

    Circumcision is one of the fundamentalist traditions that I balked at early on in my adolescence. It just didn't make any sense to me and everyone I asked didn't have an answer.

    I wrote a blog post along this same line last year:

    "Circumcision- let the babies cry"

    Thomas 53 says, "His disciples said to him, "Is circumcision beneficial or not?" He said to them, "If it were beneficial, their father would beget them already circumcised from their mother. Rather, the true circumcision in spirit has become completely profitable."

    I've been saying this for years. And apparently the first Gnostics have been thinking the same thing for millenia. Question is, when are the dogmatic religions going to wake up and put down the scalpel?

    Know Thyself comes before Love Thyself. (Unless you know yourself how can you love yourself?) And although this is a physical part being .... snipped... if parts of you are missing the natural assumption will be that there was something wrong with it. Or who made it. Hmm....

    I don't know about you but if a contracted promise is made between my parents and God with the price being that they hack off a piece of my body- I'm curious(and fearful!!) of what's coming off next!

    I would think that adult circumcision would make more sense, from the religious aspect. An adult can make this decision and vow before God. A squalling, pissing, innocent baby cannot.

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