Tenth Guardian Consult April 11, 1976
I. Several years ago we turned to the masses. This
was symbolized by a minor preaching mission in India. Later the
symbolism was deepened by the summer known as the turn to the
world. What was discovered in India was that if you could get
through the establishment structures to the local people they
could understand and were ready to move. This was true within
the church and within the broader structures of religious. This
is a matter of breaking through the last defense of the past which
is the steel aura of piety. To do this a new piety must have come
to those who do the breaking. But the old piety is not directly
attacked nor is the focus of attack upon the intellectual. It
is rather the social that is dealt with. This does not mean that
the intellectual and spiritual are not important. They are just
not the point of attack in going to the masses. Indeed, the three
dynamics are inseparable and to the degree that the piety has
to do with the intensification of the other two, its the final
II. "Going to the Masses" is a profound
and complex image. It has to do with depth consciousness, with
clericalism, with Protestant and Catholic bigotry, with Christian
bigotry, with the last fat lady, with the relations of
time and space, with globality, with bending history, with the
concept of care, with engagement, with Faith, Hope and Love, with
a new religious mode and a new social vehicle, with church renewal,
with sacrificial service and so on and on. More precisely going
to the masses means all of the several billions of people in the
whole world and the local communities of which there are over
700,000 in India alone. It means addressing all of the historical
Faiths in the world beyond Christianity Hinduism, Muslem,
Buddhists, etc. This includes the neopagans or secular man
as such everywhere. It means going to all Religious bodies. And
it includes the permeation of all the secular structures. The
Governments of the globe; the international business communities;
and the educational dynamics of the nations. Lastly it means going
to the voluntary aspects of society and the disestablishment thrusts.
III. The means of "going to the Masses"
is T.M. (Town Meeting) and S.D. (Social Demonstration) even these
are intensified in the form of snow falling and replication they
produce the eschaton which is P.C.(Primal Community). Relative
to T.M. and S.D. it is difficult to say which is prior to the
other and they are inseparable. The three belong together ontologically.
T.M. is more intellectual or knowing; S.D. is more engagement
or doing; P.C. is being or more spiritual. All are dynamics of
the social or the doing pole. Up to now we have been doing the
intellectual dynamic: Theological curriculum (knowing); Social
curriculum (doing); Spiritual curriculum (being). Later we will
deal directly with the New Religious Mode. What this will look
like we finally do not know but it is what we are marching toward
inevitably. The question is not which is prior, T.M. or
S.D. Actually, in one case it is one way and in another the opposite.
The important thing is both are social and essential and both
are necessary to P.C. This is saying that what T.M. represents
and S.D. represents is an ontological given in history as is P.C.
which is their intensification. K- D- B. This is society.
IV. Primal Community, in concretion (X in Concrete),
is awakened individuals operating awake in cooperative interdependence.
It is a given in which working for each other, they work for themselves.
It is loving others as you love yourselves. It is doing unto others
as you would have done to you. It is spiritual collectivity. P.C.
is the social dynamic as Spiritual Method is the knowing dynamic.
P.C. is the invisible reality only seen by those who enter the
deeps of Profound Consciousness. Here we are dealing with the
New Religious Mode. It will be knowing, doing and being. However,
its forms will include: "I believe," "those who
care," and profound consciousness. In this sense this is
the intensification of the individual and the social or the knowing
and the doing. We are hence moving toward P.C. but this means
going on to the Spiritual form. The final dynamic which is pure
spirit is the Spirit Methods intensified and the Primal Community
intensified. It is the being of the being of knowing plus the
being of doing.
V. Primal Community is relationship, foundational relationship. It is that without which there is no humanness. This means that their is no selfhood, no neighbor, no God where there is no basic community. Such community is local; it is immediate; it is concrete; it is athand or it is not. P.C. is grounded in the Mystery but it can only "be" in relation to the Mystery. Self & Other & God are totally interdependent. The People of God are sent to keep the flame of local community. A local church is the presence of that force that cares for the flame of faith, love and hope. This force is not out to promote itself but to promote primal community where selfhood is born and God defended & the neighbor is preserved. This service of keeping the flame is profound care. To be the church is to learn to be nothing. It is learning to do the work of more than kings as "nobodies". Primal Community is like a "parish" not a congregation. Here the socioeconomic and cultural wellbeing of all is cared for. The atmosphere and means for depth living is provided.