God is voluptuous and delicious! -- Meister Eckhart
All of Creation -- from atoms to far distant stars, from the smallest creature to human consciousness -- is the "living delight" of Radiant Beauty: the Source, the One Love, who is always both transcendent and immanent...
Our human condition is such that we live "veiled" from our essential dignity and true nature: to remove every veil is the mystic journey: to assist in everyone's liberation is the activist's life: uniting these two streams is the task of 21st century "religion".
We must begin with a new mystic-activist orientation. Consider again Meister Eckhart: "If I spent enough time with the tiniest creature -- even a caterpillar -- I would never have to prepare a sermon. So full of God is every creature... Where there is isness, there God is... Love God as God is: a pure, clear One who is separate from all twoness... We are all meant to be mothers of God... Compassion clothes the soul with the robe of God and divinely adorns it... Compassion means justice...You may call God love, you may call God goodness. But the best name for God is compassion... At every deed, however puny, that results in justice, God is made glad, glad through and through. At such a time there is nothing in the core of the Godhead that is not tickled through and through and that does not dance for joy..."
We continue our journey to the Paradise of Communion and Liberation by walking directly into the Light. The only "gatekeeper" is the Question of the Holy Grail: Whom does the grail serve? "Religion" must finally come to grips with this question! "Politics" must come to grips with this question! "Economics" must come to grips with this question! "Culture" must come to grips with this question! And finally, each one of us as individuals, must take up this question: and answer with a willingness to explore every personal possibility for transformation and the rEvolution of this precious blue Planet: this is our destiny!
This discovery awaits you: the Grail exists only to serve. There is no power, no profit, and no immortality in the Holy Grail: there is "Only Emptiness": Being Itself poured out, in compassion, for every "other": there is "Only Love": Boundless, Radiant, Blissful Union: always, always, Welcoming Everyone Home: with no one and nothing left behind or left out...
[Now, for comparison sake, examine the tenets of predatory capitalism, examine the Ryan budget, examine who profits from violence, examine the reasons and ways that women are oppressed and marginalized by many religions and theologies: examine everything that you can: and then turn the page of your life into one of living delight: become a sacred activist; for the Planet and for the possibility of our Conscious Evolution into the very "voluptuousness" of One Love...]
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.