Phil John Kneis:
DHARMAH - IMAGININGS XXXIII:
THE ARROGANCE OF PRAYER
Eichwalde, June 6th, 2011 - P#571
make it so
that I will be happy
I will be right
I will be good:
and if you don't:
shame on you
why do bad things happen to me?
it must be you
how could you let this happen?
are you not omnipotent? good-willed? and "real"?
still afraid though,
I continue to bow
and bless and curse your man-made name
or so it goes
"god" is our parent
at our service
how come, I do not find such a god in the Book?
how come, I do not find such a god in the Stories?
how come, I do not find such a god in tradition?
whatever happened to the idea of transcendence
and the sublime
the beyond, lacking any explanation
the horizon not to be reached
the word not to be spoken, not to be known
a commodified god
only demonstrates all too well
the descent into childishness
walking through the Vatican, or any gold-adorned temple to power,
I am reminded of Jesus cleaning house in the temple:
the dream of heaven has been made into a worldly thing
and we're not in on the joke, usually:
because the priests know what they're teaching:
when seeing each other, they - knowingly - smile
for we have made god into the golden calf again
in order to touch it to see it to pet it to kick it
but can you touch the stars? the rainbow? the thunder?
but can you touch life? love? pain? and fulfillment?
abstractions are abstract for a reason
for there cannot be true religion without reason
and there cannot be any true reason without a sense of the unknown
god is that which remains unknown yet present
pray if you must
pray just for others, not for yourself
and do not
that nature / god / the beyond
is simply there
to be doing
June 6th, 2011