Welcome to the
Community of The Mystic Heart
a circle of interspiritual mystics and contemplatives
originally envisioned as "The Universal Order of Sannyasa"
by Brother Wayne Teasdale
The common heritage of
humankind's spiritual wisdom; the sharing of
CMH is about interspirituality.
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"It should be an interspiritual order....open to all people-- men and women, married and single, young, middle-aged, and old, confused or clear, adherents or not, with faith or agnostic-- united in their desire for a deeper, more meaningful life. This would be a truly universal society of sannyasa, an order that welcomes as members individuals from all the world's religions and even from no tradition at all."
Bro. Wayne Teasdale (in The Mystic Heart: Discovering a Universal Spirituality in the World's Religions)
Why we Changed Our Name: Although "The Universal Order of Sannyasa" was the name used by Brother Wayne throughout his writings, we found that use of the term "Sannyasa" in a non-traditional sense caused discomfort for some traditional Sannyasa and, further, the term was unfamiliar, or seemed too exclusive, to others in the unfolding international interspiritual dialogue
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Universal Meaning, Universal Love
For Brother Wayne Teasdale (in The Mystic Heart: Discovering a Universal Spirituality in the World's Religions, A Monk in the World, and Bede Griffiths: An Introduction to His Interspiritual Thought) use of the word "Sannyasa" had a universal meaning, which is the one we stress in the Community of The Mystic Heart.
The Universal Order of Sannyasa was envisioned by Brother Wayne, in each of these now classic books, as a modern gathering of those committed to a life dedicated to deep spiritual practice, sacred service or activism, and advancement of the InterSpiritual Message-- that life in the heart knows no boundaries in creed or belief. It is a modern gathering of persons from many and varied life circumstances, dedicated to a lifestyle possible and appropriate for them within this deep intention.
"Love in Action"
For Bro. Wayne, the modern Sannyasa lifestyle (in A Monk in the World) came under the subtitle "Love in Action" (p. 201):
Of it he said, "Perhaps one day we will witness the eventual emergence of a universal order of sannyasa: contemplatives or mystics from all traditions united in their awareness, their love, and their dedication to earth and humankind, and all sentient beings. As mystics in the world are we not creating this universal order? Are we not allies of the natural world in its struggle to be and to seek harmony with the human species? Do we not thereby become natural advocates for the homeless, the poor, the marginalized, the oppressed, the starving, the diseased? This universal order has the pressing task of raising the consciousness of the world, to that highest level ...to which all the great spiritual paths are dedicated" (p. 16, in part).
And, in The Mystic Heart, he wrote "The term sannyasa, referring to renunciation, points to all those saints, seers, sages, acestics, and yogis, over thousands of years who have renounced the world and made possible something beyond the comprehension of religion, something that transcends religion, because it is infinite and ineffable. It eludes the capacity of any concept or doctrine to express or contain it" (p. 248, in part).
And, of the "Universal Order of Sannyasa" he said "It should be an interspiritual order....open to all people-- men and women, married and single, young, middle-aged, and old, confused or clear, adherents or not, with faith or agnostic-- united in their desire for a deeper, more meaningful life. This would be a truly universal society of sannyasa, an order that welcomes as members individuals from all the world's religions and even from no tradition at all." (p. 248, in part).
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"Birth of a New Earth" by Dafna Mordecai
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