Whenever someone asks me what we are about in the globe, I
want to talk about what we are transparently doing in history.
The image above is the finest symbolism we have done to hold that.
The circles on the left are like those made when a pebble is thrown
into a pond. You do Town Meeting, Community Forum, any place in
the world and the rivulets go out. There is no end to it until
it hits the periphery of the earth itself.
The thing that interests me is that we have a spatial figure
for Community Forum and a time figure for Social Demonstration.
That seems to be just the reverse, but is probably right on target
when you think that the intensification of time becomes space
and the intensification of space becomes time. The intensification
of both together becomes the multifarious yinyang of the
top circle. That's the fundamental yinyang of life and death
with eternality in the middle; knowing and doing with Being in
the middle, just raw Being. Right now I look upon this as primal
community. When it is functioning, it is a swirl.
At this moment, nobody knows what that top circle really is.
But tomorrow we are going to be doing it, probably doing that
alone. Those of you who are afraid that we are not religious enough
have probably wanted to pack your bags. Day after tomorrow you
will pack them because you will think we are too religious, although
maybe it won't smell religious to you.
Looking at these three as dynamics, the bottom two spark and
something suggestive of the new frame and shape of the church
is evident. The church is not something that awakens and engages
and plethorizes and brings skills and nurture and community. No!
No! No! The church is those things spinning together like a pinwheel.
You grasp that? Get one of those little things that you hold up
in the wind. When they go really fast, you look right in the middle
and see a hazy blue. Someone asked me what our blue stands for.
"Blue" stands for awakenment, engagement, fulfillment,
prowess, nurture, and community. I want to do nothing else my
whole life long.
We went to see an old missionary in Europe. That old man said,
"What are you going to do when those Hindus join you? What
are you going to do when those Muslims want to join you?"
I beamed and told him, "You have your finger on the issue."