Someone said that there is an inauguration today... Is that true?
Well, I'll be... I'll be, what?
Isn't that "I'll be, what?" the all-important question? If you have on occasion read this blog or checked out "theburninghand.com", then you must surely realize that "I'll be" a spiritual outlaw: I haven't an interest in any "status-quo", whether religious, cultural, or political: my life, our lives, are far too important for "going with the flow": Is there a straight line anywhere that leads to somewhere worth going?
I prefer to be uncomfortable. I prefer to climb a mountain as to sit in a parking lot. I prefer the margins as to the centers of anything. I prefer to do my loving outside the lines...
Mount Rushmore is a stupendous blast-of-a-carving: but I really like the coming of Crazy Horse a few miles away... Monuments can be grand: but it's the flesh and bones -- the en-fleshed soul -- that matters: mountains eventually dissolve into sand. On the other hand, en-fleshed souls will live forever as liberated units of consciousness: within the One: isn't that the inauguration that we should be deliberate in seeking and honoring?
As to the "inauguration" that many (some) Americans are celebrating today, I do not find anything in it to honor or to celebrate: Mr. Trump has given abundant evidence of being a very small-minded: what? "Scumbag" is probably too mild of a term to describe him: sort of like a Dick Cheney without either the smirk or the brain: neither of which should be something to bigly brag about... But, enough of my own small-mindedness...
I, and we, need to breathe deeply the Perennial Truth: 1) There is an infinite, changeless Reality beneath the evident world of change; 2) This same Reality lives / is at the essential core of every human being (and within all of creation); 3) The purpose of every human life is to discover this One Reality experientially: that is, to realize in the heart the Divine Oneness while living here on this earth. These core principles and the ways of experimenting and discovering their Reality are our truest "monuments" worth "constructing".
Presidents -- like mountains -- come and go (although none of us live long enough to witness this in mountains). But it is equally true that "without a vision the people will perish", as written in the Hebrew Scriptures. All around us we see the dying of the American Vision: the grand idea of "justice for all" has been supplanted by the lust for profits, privilege, and power serving the few. The "conservative" no longer wishes to "conserve" resources and opportunity for all, but to concentrate their access into as few hands as possible: and so the entire Planet is now @risk. But the Perennial Truth would right our "national ship of state" by making, once again, vital the relationship of democracy and justice: one cannot exist without the other! We need to shout loud and clear: "Democracy and Justice are One!" This is the only speech I'll be listening to today: and I'm the one saying it: "Democracy and Justice are One!"
And you can count on me and theburninghand.com to be speechifying it loud and clear until its shining is seen by all!
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.