Self-Transformation
February 22, 2019

From Revelation to Transformation

After Sri Ramakrishna passed away, his monastic disciples travelled around India practicing severe austerities. During this period, Vijaykrishna Goswami, one of Sri Ramakrishna’s devotees, met Swami Brahmananda, one of the…
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Self-Transformation
January 25, 2019

Temimut – Holy Simplicity

“No good thing will He withhold from those who walk betamim - in sincerity and simplicity.” (Psalm 84:12) Because the way of God is to do good, therefore He will…
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Self-Transformation
January 11, 2019

The Middle Path

After six years of severe asceticism, the Buddha came to the realization that neither the path of sensual pleasure, nor the path of intense bodily deprivation will free one from…
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Self-Transformation
December 20, 2018

Mitzvah: Spiritual Glue

"When she came into the room, she picked up a little plastic toy duck that must have belonged to her grandchild and took it over to a plastic basin on…
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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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