Father Bede Griffiths continues to expound on the ever-present reality of the sacred.
The Western world must recover this ancient vision of the three dimensions of reality. Then everything is sacred. That is what one finds in India; everything is sacred — eating or drinking or taking a bath; in any of the normal events of life there is always a sacred action. . . . We have lost that awareness. . . . [There is] this sacramentality of the universe. The whole creation is pervaded by God.
According to Bede Griffiths, what Westerners most need to learn from India is the “sense of the sacred” that pervades “the whole order of nature.” This is creation spirituality, indeed. “Every hill and tree and river is holy” and the simplest human acts are also. We in the West have emptied the daily of “all religious meaning.”
Bede recognizes a “sacramentality of the universe.” That is, everything that exists, and all our daily actions, are part of that. This is what Teilhard de Chardin was also speaking about.
The divine essence, the Holy Trinity, is totally present in every particle of matter, every atom, and every electron. However you would like to divine the universe, the whole creation is totally pervaded by God. The cosmic religion has this awareness of God pervading the whole creation which we, as a whole, have lost. The Hindu is still aware of the Divine Immanence in the universe.
This is the Cosmic Christ tradition, the image of God in all things found richly in Hildegard of Bingen, Francis of Assisi, Thomas Aquinas, Meister Eckhart, Julian of Norwich and others in the creation spirituality tradition.
Adapted from Matthew Fox, Christian Mystics, p. 253.
To read the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
Banner Image: Sripada (known as Adam’s Peak) – one of the most sacred sites in Sri Lanka, visited by thousands of devotees and tourists each year. Photo by Chitral Gamage on Wikimedia Commons.
Queries for Contemplation
Where does God or the Sacred exist for you? How can we deepen our understanding and experience of that sense of the sacred in all things and all our daily actions? How can we create rituals that would help accomplish this?