Thought of the Day
A powerful measure of our spiritual progress is the degree to which we have reached a state of equanimity.
Category: Life of Service
Weekly Teachings - Every Friday a teaching is posted on the site as a subject for study and contemplation during the coming week. The teaching guide the reader in using the teachings and practices of Judaism as a spiritual path that leads to God knowledge. They combine the wisdom of the Kabbalah, Hasidic Masters, and the Rabbis with the knowledge of the mystical and esoteric traditions of other faiths. The teachings provide a path that is both solidly anchored in the Jewish tradition and fully universal in its vision and understanding of the spiritual life. Here you will find all the past teachings under the category of Life of Service.
When we are children, our heart is open and easily loves others. As we grow older, however, personality flaws arise to close off our heart, and the difficulties of life knock this natural love out of us. The spiritual life is about opening our heart once again. It is about rediscovering this pure, guileless love.
Krishna Bhikshu, one of Sri Ramana Maharshi’s long-time devotees, told the following story about an incident that took place one lunch hour at the ashram: “In the early years of the ashram everyone who was present when the bell went for lunch would be invited to eat with us. On one occasion a number of [...]
The Ethics of the Fathers 1:3 declares: “Do not be like servants who serve their master for the sake of receiving a reward, but rather be like servants who serve their master without the intent of receiving a reward.” This is a hard teaching to fulfill; all of us have mixed motives in our spiritual [...]
“Take off your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” God speaking to Moses at the Burning Bush (Exodus 3:5) “Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place from afar.” – Genesis 22:4 He saw the cloud of the Divine Presence hovering over the hill. - Midrash Genesis [...]
“Whatever you do, concentrate your whole mind on that. This is the secret of work.” - Swami Vivekananda  If we want to become wealthy, then we need to put all our efforts toward the amassing and control of money. If we want to become a tennis star, we need to study with professional teachers and [...]