The Greatest Spiritual Explosion
by Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
The great Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca once said: “The day that hunger is eradicated from the earth, there will be the greatest spiritual explosion the world has ever known. Humanity cannot imagine the joy that will burst into the world on the day of that great revolution.”
As a Buddhist, I consider the Buddha’s enlightenment (and his “turning the wheel of the Dhamma”) to be the greatest spiritual event in human history. But I still find it striking that Lorca says the eradication of hunger will launch a “spiritual explosion.” To my mind, this suggests two things.