Monday, February 15, 2010

Brian’s Reflection: Tuesday, February 16, 2010

“All of nature is but the eternal garment of God."
Keep it clean and nicely ironed. Treat all creations
with respect. Nature is God’s fashion statement.
She has good taste. Try to model yourself after her.

Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, in Tan’ya, Chap. 2

I can hear you all thinking ….. Brian’s found some deconstructionist, feminist fringe rabbi to quote – and I bet he changed the pronouns!

Nope. 18th century. Besides, you should know better than to think that a modern feminist rabbi would even mention ironing! Why didn’t I come across this guy before?

The Creation is like the total sum – and perhaps even more – of all of us human beings. A kind of (if you will put aside all the negative connotations) universal Borg. We are all part of Mother Earth, Mother Galaxy, Mother Universe. And yes, Mother God.

We certainly aren’t taking the rabbi’s advice to heart these days, are we. Judging by what we are doing to the Earth and space, Respect has gone down the tubes – and it shows by the way that disrespect has cascaded down to everything else, and “up” to God. “God” today, as promulgated by many many individuals and religions often resembles a field of missile silos or a nuclear wasteland.

Think of the most beautiful place on earth you can think of. There is the message, the fashion statement God wants us to see. Think of yourself as an integral part of it. Let’s Model that, every day.


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