River of life, the
From the source to the river mouth
October 21st 2016
Life has often been compared to flowing water. But what a difference there is between water that gushes forth from a spring on a mountain peak and water which arrives at the mouth of a river, having absorbed all sorts of impurities and even toxic substances! Pure or polluted, water is always water, just as life is always life. But nothing is more life-enhancing than pure water, whereas polluted water brings death. Just as water gushes forth from the spring, life springs forth from the bosom of God and descends to water all creatures, absorbing various elements according to the regions it flows through. So all creatures do not receive the same life from the river; it depends on where they are situated – close to the spring or to the river mouth. This life coming from God never ceases to flow. But are human beings aware of the sacred nature of life? No, they pollute the life of God, the water of God. You are astonished and wonder how that can be possible. It is very simple: each time humans fail to be wise, loving and disinterested, it is as though they were throwing waste into God’s river. And the river does not protest; it accepts everything in order to help human beings. It waits for them to become aware of their responsibilities in preserving cosmic life.