Covenant of my life Notre Dame Abbey, Tarrawarra, February 1973
on the paddock outside the old cottage at Tarrawarra,
in the sun,
as the wind blew light and cool in a cloudless sky,
overlooking the flood plains of the Yarra and the cattle –
– then the desire was given and the promise made:
the desire of outpouring myself,
so I said,
with arms outstretched and face raised upwards,
for the sake of men;
And the promise made so solidly, so really,
that I should inherit a kingdom.
A contract, a covenant,
on one side my desire,
on the other God’s promise,
that the earth should be my kingdom and men my trophy.
Abraham at Tarrawarra.
Rev. Dr. John Dupuche is a Roman Catholic Priest, a senior lecturer at MCD University of Divinity, and Honorary Fellow at Australian Catholic University. His doctorate is in Sanskrit in the field of Kashmir Shaivism. He is chair of the Catholic Interfaith Committee of the Archdiocese of Melbourne and has established a pastoral relationship with the parishes of Lilydale and Healesville. He is the author of 'Abhinavagupta: the Kula Ritual as elaborated in chapter 29 of the Tantraloka', 2003; 'Jesus, the Mantra of God', 2005; 'Vers un tantra chrétien' in 2009; translated as 'Towards a Christian Tantra' in 2009. He has written many articles. He travels to India each year. He lives in an interfaith ashram.
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