Our World Needs Saints
Raised in a pious Baptist family in Sweden, Rut Bjõrkman praised the mystics in all religions and was an early leader of European ecumenism. Here she writes about the “overriding importance” of those who must eventually become “the Human Norm” — the saints.by Rut Bjõrkman
Anyone who has attained spiritual consciousness is liberated from the constrictions of our present false existence and participates in the energies and insights of that dimension from which all life derives. He is on the other side of the curtain that still separates us from real life. He has been born again and can see God. That entails being able to perceive the Creator’s presence in everything created. The human being involved has entered upon oneness of Being, experiencing a vital exchange with all of His manifestations. He experiences both the world and himself from within, and is conscious of his idenity with the power that is all in all. he is at peace, redeemed from the unrest of a constant striving for expansion and enrichment of his transient false existence. he has bound the centre out of which he can live and in which he rests, earning only to live in awareness of this power so that he may be illumined by its light and filled with its wisdom, radiating out into the world and thereby fulfilling his creaturely purpose.
We call such people saints, mystics, and enlightened ones, knowing that they are of overriding importance for humanity as source of the world’s salvation in accordance with their degree of oneness with what is holy within themselves. Just a few beings who have -— like the Buddha and Jesus of Nazareth — achieved rebirth are sufficient for the upholding across the centuries of hope of man’s redemption from unawareness of what is holy within himself. These beings’ power to point the way towards the truth of human existence cannot be destroyed or annulled by anything. The redeeming power of the saints cannot even be diminished by the distortions of their teachings, disseminated by men who, ignorant of the mystery of such God-filled existence, found religious institutions and lay claim to power over their fellows. The saints remain the light of the world and the way to the very Source of life for all who awaken to recognition of their union with God, comprehending that they provide an example for us, calling upon us across time to follow them in returning to our lives’ spiritual reality so that we too enter upon. a state of wholeness.