Quantum physics has discovered an ancient mystic truth: to observe is to create. Before the act of observation, sub-atomic matter, the "stuff" of all matter, exists only as "waves of possibility". This is important for the mystic-activist quest because it correctly orients the seeker to the "place of awakening": into the deep "good vibrations" of those waves: the Only One: Om Hu Amen... This attunement with the secret rhythms, hidden music, of the Universe (One Love) is the height, breadth, and depth of the mystic life -- which then of necessity radiates outward into Service for Justice and Peace... and the saving reverence of this precious blue Planet... or as Neem Karoli Baba taught, "Love the Holy One... Love Everyone... Feed Everyone..."
If the entire world were to become a new intentional community, the "Gandhi Ashram", what would be the "Seven Vows" of this Community? Consider: Practice Beauty, Be Kind, Practice Harmlessness, Be Forgiveness, Reverence Earth, Feed Everyone, Love Everyone...
If these "Seven Vows" were our collective deepest truths and intentions, would anyone make a movie ridiculing the faith of Muslims? Would Muslims react by going on a murderous rampage? Would a Christian pastor fan the flames of hatred and bigotry? Would a presidential candidate use the occasion to lie and obfuscate instead of exercising restraint and wisdom? And would the tens of thousands of children dying daily from hunger and malnutrition continue as the lost and forgotten -- because no one can score political points by remembering them?
Robert Daniel Smith was privileged to serve the homeless and marginalized for 30 years in Salinas, California. Together with his wife, Michelle, they founded an intentional community called the 'Companions of the Way', also in Salinas. Robert and Michelle are community organizers, Catholic Worker renegades, sacred activists, writers, poets, artists, Divine Mother devotees, and practitioners of Kriya Yoga as taught by Rev. Ellen Grace O'Brian of the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment. Michelle is also a Montessori public school teacher. Robert is also an ordained Interfaith Minister.