Self-Transformation
November 10, 2016

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
November 4, 2016

Going Beyond Self-Justification

Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the Lord ponders the hearts. - Proverbs 21:2 It is impossible to correct an aspirant who has the dangerous…
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Self-Transformation
September 22, 2016

Teshuvah III: Want Nothing for the Lower Self

“While I had heard and read about selflessness, purity, and goodness, and while I thought I knew people who exemplified those golden qualities, actually I had not the faintest idea…
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Self-Transformation
September 15, 2016

Teshuvah II: The Path of Return

Each day, there is a bat kol, a heavenly voice, which calls out from Mount Sinai: “Return O faithless children” (Jer. 3:14) - Tractate Hagigah 15A The Hasidic Master, Yisrael…
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Self-Transformation
September 9, 2016

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
July 29, 2016

Path of Peace

When Sri Ramana Maharshi was asked how to recognize a genuine holy man, he responded: “by the peace of mind found in his presence.” {{1}} The ability to give others peace…
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Self-Transformation
June 30, 2016

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
May 27, 2016

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
April 15, 2016

The Power of Speech

Psalm 33:6 declares: “By the Word of God the heavens were made, and by the breath of His mouth all of their hosts.” Sound is energy. Divine speech is the outpouring…
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Self-Transformation
April 8, 2016

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
April 1, 2016

Hesed – 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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