Whoever has ears to hear let them hear

“Whoever has ears to hear let them hear” is essentially how I understand the term Mavran.

There are going to be plenty who tune out, who just don’t get it. Why, you would almost think the language might have built-in codes to reach only the ones who really want to know.

#DogWhistle #LikeItsaGoodThing is how I think of Mavran mavran conay mavran.

He said, “Go and tell this people:

“‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding;
    be ever seeing, but never perceiving.’
10 Make the heart of this people calloused;
    make their ears dull
    and close their eyes.a]”>[a]
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
    hear with their ears,
    understand with their hearts,
and turn and be healed.”

11 Then I said, “For how long, Lord?”

And he answered:

“Until the cities lie ruined
    and without inhabitant,
until the houses are left deserted
    and the fields ruined and ravaged,
12 until the Lord has sent everyone far away
    and the land is utterly forsaken.
13 And though a tenth remains in the land,
    it will again be laid waste.
But as the terebinth and oak
    leave stumps when they are cut down,
    so the holy seed will be the stump in the land.”

–Isaiah 6:9-13

Calling all angels, whoever can hear and respond.

Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed.As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.

9 … “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”

10 … “The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables 12 so that they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding; otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!’”

13 Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable? — Mark 4:3-13

This passage is even more koan-like when considered alongside Matthew’s version that has Jesus using the same words to mean that parables are the equivalent of “tell me like I’m 5.”


For one who has perception, a mere sign is enough. For one who does not heed, a thousand explanations are not enough.

–Hajji Bektash Wali, Persian Mystic, 1209-1271, as found in The Great Waves of Change

I used to be able to quote this directly but now must modify it: “The man or woman of Knowledge does not know what the h-e-double-hockey-sticks is going on!”

On a Whole New Level

A flag: this sudden sensitivity to language–surely the words of Jesus could not be construed as a dog-whistle for incitement to murder? The same flinching nervousness around the term “guerrilla marketing.” The same feeling that little children of color experience on the playground these days. This heightened alert to fear, which can be reasonable concern, it is a marker of an escalation in tension; it certainly calls for de-escalation in every case of heightened ferocity and sly aggression in word choice.

As Long as Nobody Talks About What Just Happened Here

Another flag, but this one personal. Individuals calling from the grave, calling attention to this that Jesus said.

But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. –Matthew 5:28

In other words, you can tell where a relationship is going to end up from the start.

The power of a thought. The power of a message received.

The impact that the cunning have over the vulnerable, the innocent. Yet there is grace in the restraint that keeps the thought unexpressed in word or action, or just short of committing to action, as the case might be.

What the Heck Is Going On?

The man or woman of Knowledge who does not know what the heck is going on is the child in the room, the most vulnerable in the mental environment, the canary in the coal mine. In one respect, the most important person in the room because the most honest but the most devalued because least articulate.

The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.–William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)

I suddenly found myself switched from team #LacksAllConviction to team #FullofPassionateIntensity and contemplated deeply (in the blog post series “You Say ‘God-fearing’ Like It’s a Bad Thing!?” concluding here) on what the heck is going on.

I practiced #BasecampRecon as a tweeted contemplation from @ThresholdUponUs (hashtag sequenced out of order, correct in timeline). I take the liberty of sharing (with “asked and answered” justification* for sharing!) the methodology. Visualize arriving at the night’s bivouac site :

  • It’s getting dark.
  • Time is of the essence.
  • Look around.
  • What does this setting call for?

That is the essential practice that I adapted to look at the hand we are dealt. Considering the situation more like a poker game than a mountain bed-down, I looked at “power supply,” through the lens of looking for the self-interest of the other as a weight in the balance of power.

It came after a reading of the room like a poker game, the room of the world stage, with the same question, where is true power centered on Earth?

Who is in that room? Where the most honest is the most vulnerable.

The practice produced a result that was icy clear: the high priority that humanity unite.

This kind of determination based on clear priorities–focus in the mental environment–is conveyed by this song

*found on Facebook, queried about it & saw it remained … for a while!


One thought on “Whoever has ears to hear let them hear

  1. The same parable in Matthew continues:

    10 The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?”

    11 He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. 12 Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 13 This is why I speak to them in parables:

    “Though seeing, they do not see;
    though hearing, they do not hear or understand.
    14 In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:

    “‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding;
    you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.
    15 For this people’s heart has become calloused;
    they hardly hear with their ears,
    and they have closed their eyes.
    Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
    hear with their ears,
    understand with their hearts
    and turn, and I would heal them.’[a]
    16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. 17 For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.

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