Self-Transformation
October 26, 2018

Chesed – Lovingkindness

“A little spark of the Universal Spirit is enshrined in all living beings… The karma yogi believes in this mystical fact of the universe and keeps himself or herself always…
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Self-Transformation
October 5, 2018

Stillness and Movement

One day at Belur Math, the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Order, Swami Brahmananda overheard a senior disciple admonishing a younger disciple for negligence in his work. He immediately went over…
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Self-Transformation
August 31, 2018

The Whole World is Blooming

Silently a flower blooms, In silence it falls away; Yet here now, at this moment, at this place, the whole of the flower, the whole of the world is blooming. This is the talk of the flower, The truth of the blossom; The glory of eternal life is fully shining here. Abbot Zenkei Shibayama {{1}} Every single object in the…
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Self-Transformation
August 24, 2018

Caught in the Net

“Suppose a net has been cast into a lake to catch fish. Some fish are so clever that they are never caught in the net. They are like the ever-free…
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Self-Transformation
August 17, 2018

Teshuvah – Return

Most of us live a fragmented existence. We are pulled in many directions at once. Our days have no clear purpose or direction. Our activities do not reflect who we…
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Self-Transformation
August 3, 2018

The Burden of Doubt

Sri Ramakrishna used to tell a parable about faith and doubt: “Once a man was about to cross the sea. Bibhishana wrote Rama’s name on a leaf, tied it in…
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Self-Transformation
July 13, 2018

Spiritual Discrimination

  Every morning, we begin our day with the following prayer: “Blessed are You, O Lord our God, Who gives the rooster understanding to distinguish between day and night.” The…
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Self-Transformation
June 15, 2018

Overcoming Jealousy

Wrath is cruel, and anger is overwhelming; but who is able to stand before jealousy? - Proverbs 27:4 The feeling of jealousy is a deadly poison for those on the spiritual…
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Self-Transformation
June 8, 2018

Moment of Destiny

Saint Francis was the son of a wealthy merchant. He had grown up like any other rich man’s son and was known for his magnificent clothes and his extravagant ways.…
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Self-Transformation
May 25, 2018

Joy in God

  Sri Ramakrishna was known for his God-intoxicated state. One day, he went with a devotee to a reservoir in a Temple garden in order that he might teach him…
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Self-Transformation
April 13, 2018

Four Remembrances

There are four remembrances in the Torah that God asks us to hold in our mind. The Hasidic Master, Avraham Yehoshua Heschel of Apt, teaches that these four remembrances are…
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