Gospel of Thomas; Logion 37
His disciples asked: “When will be the day that you appear to us?” “When will be the day of our vision?” Jesus replied: On the day that you are naked as newborn infants who trample their clothing, then you will see the Son of the Living One and you will have no more fear.
This scripture is echoed in this poem by Lacarriere:
Unlearning. De-conditioning your birth.
Forgetting your name. Going naked.
Sloughing away your last remains. Disrobing your memory.
Melting down your masks.
Ripping up your duties. Dismantling your certainties.
Disconnecting your doubts. Losing control of your being.
Un-baptizing your springs. Un-mapping your roads.
Shearing your desires. Gutting your passions.
Desacralizing the prophets. Discrediting the future.
Overturning the past. Discouraging Time.
Unknotting unreason. Deflowering delirium.
Defrocking the sacred. Sobering up from vertigo.
Defacing Narcissus. Delivering Gilead.
Deposing Moloch. Dethroning Leviathan.
Demystifying blood. Dissecting the monkey.
Disinheriting the ancestor.
Unburdening your soul. Unfailing your failures.
Disenchanting your despair. Unchaining your hope.
Delivering your madness. Defusing your fears.
Disencumbering your heart. Disappointing your Death.
Debasing your basis. Shredding your acquisitions.
Unlearn. Become naked.
~ Jacques Lacarriere
from Surat of Emptiness