Thursday, July 21, 2011

Musings of a Sometimes Reluctant Monk



As a monk, my place on the very edge of organized religion is, itself, one of stability. It gives one a broad view of things.

Buddha speaks of experiencing something rather than just accepting it, even if he, or any other enlightened being, tells you it's true. Jesus says that the Reign of God is within. In this hermit's life, it's as if the Beloved is turning him inside out these days, but not in a bad way.

It keeps coming back to letting go, not grasping, and simply being. Like Merton, he often has more in common with many socially-engaged Buddhist brothers and sisters, Sufis, Renewal Jews, etc. than many of his fellow Christians. All too often, the focus is on the institution rather than living the Way...

Scriptures are to be respected and with deep reading, reveal remarkable teachings not seen on surface, but when they become idolized, they become something to defend rather than something organic. When the figurative wagons get circled, people get hurt, kept out, and often killed.   

Perhaps our human notion that only one Truth exists is too involved, as it is derived from the Greek philosophical tradition. Or maybe Truth touches people in different ways. I don't know. But in the Divine, all seeming opposites are made whole, one.

God, to me at least, has to be both immanent and transcendent. God simply is That Which Is, not some Being somewhere apart from the creation. The Ancient of Days flows through all that is made, just as artist and painting and poet and poem transcend each other, though are not the same. 

Frankly, some times I wish I could get over this quest and let go of this God, monk, and religion thing, but that's too easy.Something, or Someone, won't let me go. So, this monk keeps plodding along, keenly aware of how often he misses the mark.

When the mind's monkey-chatter stills and the senses open, the Beloved and the lover dance...

2 comments:

The Lifestyle Maven™ said...

I just started following your blog and love your reflections on spirituality and religion. I also find it fascinating how your blog post today reflects my post a few days ago "God Isn't Who I Thought He Was" http://ayiteokyne.blogspot.com/2011/07/god-isnt-who-i-thought-he-was-40-things_18.html.

Keep up the good work!

Br. Yossi, CoS Cam said...

Blessings of gratitude...