Saturday, April 01, 2006

Mitakuye Oyasin

Mitakuye Oyasin:
This is a Lakota phrase that means "All are my Relations" and acknowledges that all beings past and present are joined and are inexorably part of each other. Of one hurts, we all hurt. If one is in joy, we are all in joy.

Romans 12:5
...We who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.

Isaiah 64:8
Yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.

John Donne
...No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were. Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee...

What will it take for us to understand our inter-relatedness?

3 Comments:

Blogger samtzmom said...

The filters which have colored our lives have allowed us not to see one another as the same, when we truly are. Being human is being human... it's only our perceptions which make us unable to really see our brothers and sisters. Wonderful thoughts Mata...

6:29 AM  
Blogger Maggie Rose said...

I recently read (yet another) interpretation of the OT story of Abram taking Isaac up the mountain to be sacrificed...this interpretation suggested that the voice talking to Abram--God's voice--was "everywhere" ... perhaps even in Abram's mind...and that while going to the spot of the sacrifice, Abram could not bring himself to look at Isaac and instead kept reviewing what he must do and how he couldn't believe it was what he had to do...

and then at the decisive last moment Abram's hand was stayed--it wasn't so much a divine intervention, this interpretation suggested, as it was Abram himself who actually LOOKED at Isaac and knew that he could not sacrifice his son...

so a substitute sacrifice was offered and thus ended the sacrifice of children to "god"

well. of course we all know that story...but this recent interpretation emphasized the metaphorical aspect: that Abram stayed his own hand when he actually looked upon his son and knew that he could not kill someone he knew and loved

but it wasn't until he looked that he knew he couldn't do it

how long ago did the patriarch of the judeo-christian religions figure this out?

when are we going to start looking at everyone and know that G-d loves them as much as s/he loves us

oh dear I have gone on a long while. but then it is such a vital subject this inter-connectedness of us all and what we do to others, we do to ourselves

hope my post makes some sense.

Maggie

3:42 PM  
Blogger Sister Mary Hasta said...

What will it take for us to realise our interconnectedness?

A really, really, really big dinner table.

3:58 PM  

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