Question: What is the greatest sin and the greatest virtue?
Saint Anandamayi Ma: Forgetfulness of God is the greatest sin; His constant remembrance is the greatest virtue.
Monopoly capitalism is perhaps the dominant collective form of forgetfulness of our time. Of course, the violent support system that it requires for its dominance, is another manifestation of forgetfulness. The world-wide network of power politics depends upon our cultural commitment to forgetfulness...
When we remember our divine origin and destiny we activate our lives! In eighteen days of remembrance -- the dictator of 30 years in Egypt -- was driven from power! Remembrance makes a new world everywhere possible! There is no law that says the rich must get richer and the poor poorer. There is no law that says tens of thousands of children must starve to death every year. There is no law that says we must destroy the ecology of this precious planet. There is no law that says billions of dollars be spent on weapons of mass destruction and oppression every year. We can, in fact, choose to remember and to be agents of true freedom and liberation for all peoples and every person. We can, each one of us, become super-heroes!
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.