Prophets and prophetic movements must be non-elitist and speak in ways that everyone can understand.

As theologian Walter n (RP Roberts?) put it, “the prophet must be an artist who calls forth symbols of justice and injustice that are universally recognizable” (OB 263).

Creation-centered spirituality is non-elitist because creation belongs to and appeals to all, not just the professional or ruling classes.

Matthew Fox writes that professionals need to be asked the hard question of, “Whom are you serving” (OB 264)? The gifts they have received to gain professional training are to be offered back into the community.


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1 Matthew Fox in an interview says; “One of my main works or accomplishments was recovering the mystical tradition of Christianity. For example, I was the first one to translate Eckhart into English from the critical edition, and provide a commentary on it.

2 In fact, it was through a Hindu – not through Christianity – that I discovered Eckhart. It was Suzuki, the Japanese Buddhist, who alerted Thomas Merton, the Catholic monk, to Meister Eckhart.

3 In 1959, they had a dialogue on Buddhism and Christianity, and Suzuki threw up his hands and said “Merton, you’re a typical Western dualist. There’s only one outside chance you’ll get Zen, and that is to read the one Zen thinker of the West, Meister Eckhart.” And Merton said, “But Eckhart was condemned by the church.” And Suzuki said, “Well, I can’t help that, can I?”

4 So in 1960, Merton went off and did nothing but read Zen and Meister Eckhart, and it totally changed him. You can see his writings from the ’50s to the ’60s – he became very prophetic in the ’60s, and he was the first religious figure who came out before Dr. King against the Vietnam War.

5 Merton is the one who sent me to Paris to study spirituality, and it’s there that I got the creation spiritual tradition named for me by Pere Chenu, a wonderful French Dominican who is the father of liberation theology and creation spirituality.

6 The year I was expelled from the Dominican Order of the Catholic Church by the Pope, they also expelled Leonardo Boff, who is a liberation theologian and the most read Catholic theologian in Latin America. And they expelled Eugene Drewermann, the most read Catholic priest theologian in Germany.

7 Clearly it was not a good year for theologians, but there was obviously a political purpose in all this. By getting the three most visible Catholic priest theologians on three continents, they were sending a message of fear and control. It was theological downsizing.”
FROM: Original blessings: An interview with Matthew Fox By Ravi Dykema – http://www.mcs.ca/vitalspark/2020_schools/312crtn03.html (My paragraphing and numbering – Roger_


THOMAS MERTON – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Merton

D T SUZUKI – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D._T._Suzuki

MEISTER ECKHART – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meister_Eckhart

CHENU – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie-Dominique_Chenu

DREWERMANN – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugen_Drewermann

MATTHEW FOX – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creation_Spirituality

Light in the Iron Cage Heschel and Gnostic…

Light in the Iron Cage (Heschel and Gnostic Religion)

In Man is Not Alone (1955) Abraham Joshua Heschel described the moment of revelation as one in which overwhelming light fills up “the iron cage” in which we live. An undergraduate student with whom I’m working this semester suggested that this was Manichean. I think that gnostic might be more precise. Writing in the immediate wake of the Holocaust, Heschel compared the world to a palace on fire. To whom does this burning world belong? To whom do I belong? For Heschel, the answer comes in a blinding flash of mystical knowledge in which the human creature understands itself to be the special object of God’s concern.

SOURCE: – http://jewishphilosophyplace.wordpress.com/2012/02/24/light-in-the-iron-cage-heschel-and-gnostic-religion/

zachary braiterman writes about and teaches modern jewish thought and culture in the department of religion at syracuse university.

One needs to understand cycles to understand Tao…

One needs to understand cycles to understand Tao.

Days and nights, summers and winters.
Waves curling up, consumed by new waves.
The ongoing march of generations,
The vapor of water congealing into clouds –
Tao is cyclical, not linear.

The multitude of things are innumerable,
But they travel circularly.
Those who accord with Tao
Understand rise and fall
And gain clarity and insight.
Those who do not accept rise and fall,
Ride recklessly with misfortune.

Thus it is said: the secret of Tao lies in returning.

Deng Ming-Dao, Everyday Dao p81

ONENESS FROM BAHA’I WRITINGS “…all parts of the…


“…all parts of the creational world are of one whole.”, BWF p.364.

“God contains all….The whole is greater than its parts…” PT 23 27

“All that exists is God….” (AB in London p22)

The Books the Scriptures and Holy Writings of…

The Books, the Scriptures and Holy Writings of previous ages have all proclaimed the joyful tidings that the purpose underlying this most mighty Revelation is none other than the rehabilitation of the world and its nations; that perchance the power of utterance may prevail over the power of arms, and the world’s affairs be administered through the potency of love. We ask God, the True One, to invest all with the mantle of trustworthiness, for that is the world’s comeliest garment.

~ Bahá’u’lláh

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Jelaluddin Rumi quotes Beyond our ideas of right…

Jelaluddin Rumi quotes

Beyond our ideas of right-doing and wrong-doing,
there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase ‘each other’
doesn’t make sense any more.

Jelaluddin Rumi
in Coleman Barks The Essential Rumi (Haper San Franscisco, 1995,) p. 36

Your task is not to seek for love,
but merely to seek and find
all the barriers within yourself
that you have built against it.

Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi

You’ve no idea how hard I’ve looked for a gift to bring You.
Nothing seemed right. What’s the point of bringing gold
to the gold mine, or water to the Ocean. Everything I came
up with was like taking spices to the Orient. It’s no good
giving my heart and my soul because you already have these.
So- I’ve brought you a mirror. Look at yourself and
remember me.

Jalaluddin Rumi

I died as a mineral and became a plant;
I died as a plant and rose to animal;
I died as animal and I was a man.
Why should I fear? When was I less by dying?
Yet once more I shall die as man to soar
With angels blest. But even from an angel
I must pass on: all except God must perish.
When I have sacrificed my angel soul,
I shall become what no mind ever conceived.


Those who don’t feel this Love
pulling them like a river,
those who don’t drink dawn
like a cup of spring water
or take in sunset like supper,
those who don’t want to change,

let them sleep.

This Love is beyond the study of theology,
that old trickery and hypocrisy.
I you want to improve your mind that way,

sleep on.

I’ve given up on my brain.
I’ve torn the cloth to shreds
and thrown it away.

If you’re not completely naked,
wrap your beautiful robe of words
around you,

and sleep.

Rumi, Ode 314 from Like This, Coleman Barks

SOURCE – http://www.katinkahesselink.net/sufi/rumi.html