"Anandamayi Ma's feminine qualities weren't just those of an individual woman. She was truly an incarnation of the divine Feminine, the Goddess. She embodied the qualities of the Mother that Maharaj-ji spoke of with such affection. She showed many different aspects of the Mother..." (Ram Dass, Be Love Now)
Every political concern is of fundamental importance because we have recognized the Divine in one another: why else speak of justice, of equity and equality, of nonviolence and peace? When governments strip away the rights of workers, this is a grave concern because we have recognized with Abraham Lincoln that "Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is superior to capital, and deserves much the higher consideration." We have likewise learned that empathy and compassion are core human characteristics -- so to serve and build social justice is a divine endeavor! This, and not monopoly / corporate capitalism is the definition of true civilization.
"Father Force", the antithesis of the "Soul Force" of the Divine Mother, shows itself in numerous ways (some of which have been previously mentioned in this blog). Further examples are as follows: In 2010, General Electric reported 14.2 billion dollars in profit, paid no taxes, and claimed a 3.2 billion tax benefit. Exxon reported 45 billion profit in 2009 and paid no taxes. GE and Google combined have $101 billion in reserves. (What would happen to America if they invested that 101 billion in jobs for American workers?) Perhaps the worst example of "Father Force" is the unfortunate fact that 14,000 molestation claims have been made since 1950 in the Catholic Church. Abuse related costs have reached 2.3 billion in the same period. The LA Diocese paid 660 million; San Diego Diocese 198 million; and the Jesuits just agreed to pay out 166.1 million.
It is time to toss out every aspect of "Father Force" and replace it with the "Soul Force" of the Divine Mother. This can happen by building a new world movement. Read, study, and apply the social, revolutionary, activism of Mahatma Gandhi. Build "sacred circles" of 6 - 12 people who will engage and transform their own minds and hearts -- and then transform the world around them.
"Come, my friends. 'Tis not too late to seek a newer world."
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.