We are continuing our meditations on creation stories from around the world that invite us to consider the Ground of being in all of nature.
The Bhagavad Gita, the Hindu Scriptures, addresses God by saying, “Although you are one, you spread throughout the sky and the planets and all space between.” Is this reality also what the biblical writer is singing about who declares, “the Spirit of the Lord fills the whole universe?”
An ancient poem from the Hindu Scriptures tells of the primacy and the depths inherent in our relationships with the rest of Creation.
If hundreds of suns were to rise at once into the sky, their radiance might resemble the effulgence of the Supreme Person in that universal form.
O Lord of the universe, O universal form, I see in your body many, many arms, bellies, mouths, and eyes, expanded everywhere, without limit. I see in you no end, no middle and no beginning.
You are the original Personality of Godhead, the oldest, the ultimate sanctuary of this manifested cosmic world…. O limitless form! This whole cosmic manifestation is pervaded by you!
Understand that as the mighty wind, blowing everywhere, rests always in the sky, all created beings rest in me.
O son of Kunti, at the end of the millennium all material manifestations enter into my nature and at the beginning of another millennium, by my potency, I create them again.
There is no end to my divine manifestations. What I have spoken to you is but a mere indication of my infinite opulences.
Know that all opulent, beautiful and glorious creations spring from but a spark of my splendor…. With a single fragment of myself I pervade and support this entire universe.
Everywhere are his hands and legs, his eyes, heads and faces, and he had ears everywhere. In this way the Supersoul exists, pervading everything.
I enter into each planet, and by my energy they stay in orbit. I become the moon and thereby supply the juice of life to all vegetables. It is understood that all the planets are floating in the air only by the energy of the Lord. The Lord enters into every atom, every planet, and every living being.
Hindu scholar Iyengar comments that all creation is Brahman. How different is that from Christians talking about the “Cosmic Christ,” that the whole universe it another Christ and each being in it? Or the Jewish teaching that the “image of God” is to be found in the whole universe?
The Vedas reveal that creation is not a mechanical construction: it is a supreme spiritual act revealing divine splendor. In the Biblical tradition, this “divine splendor” is named as doxa or glory and it is everywhere—”the whole earth is full of God’s glory.” The Cosmic Christ is a way to name this numinosity or “sheen” (Aquinas) that every creature carries.
Hildegard of Bingen puts it this way: “There is no creature that lacks a radiance.”
Adapted from Matthew Fox, One River, Many Wells: Wisdom Springing from Global Faiths, pp. 39f.
Do these teachings from Hinduism and elsewhere remind you of the omnipresence of the divine in all creation, all of nature? And that it is all opulent and beautiful and glorious and radiant? What follows from that?
One River, Many Wells: Wisdom Springing from Global Faiths
Matthew Fox calls on all the world traditions for their wisdom and their inspiration in a work that is far more than a list of theological position papers but a new way to pray—to meditate in a global spiritual context on the wisdom all our traditions share. Fox chooses 18 themes that are foundational to any spirituality and demonstrates how all the world spiritual traditions offer wisdom about each.“Reading One River, Many Wells is like entering the rich silence of a masterfully directed retreat. As you read this text, you reflect, you pray, you embrace Divinity. Truly no words can fully express my respect and awe for this magnificent contribution to contemporary spirituality.” –Caroline Myss, author of Anatomy of the Spirit
The Coming of the Cosmic Christ: The Healing of Mother Earth and the Birth of a Global Renaissance
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“The eighth wonder of the world…convincing proof that our Western religious tradition does indeed have the depth of imagination to reinvent its faith.” — Brian Swimme, author of The Universe Story and Journey of the Universe.
Stations of the Cosmic Christ
By Matthew Fox and Bishop Marc Andrus.
This is a book of meditations on the Cosmic Christ, accompanying the images of 16 wonderful clay tablets by Javier Ullrrich Lemus and M.C. Richards. Together, these images and meditations go far beyond the traditional Stations of the Cross to inspire a spirit awakening and understanding of the cosmic Christ Consciousness, Buddha consciousness, and consciousness of the image of God in all beings, so needed in our times.
“A divinely inspired book that must be read by every human being devoted to spiritual and global survival. It is cosmically brilliant.” — Caroline Myss, author of Anatomy of the Spirit
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