Universal Vision
December 22, 2017

Expand Your Vision

Swami Ashokananda, the head of the Vedanta Society of San Francisco for over 40 years, once recounted to one of his devotees the following personal reminisce about an experience that…
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Universal Vision
November 24, 2017

Empty

Empty yourself of all fears. Empty yourself of all worries. Empty yourself of all your burdens. Empty yourself of all anger. Empty yourself of all hate. Empty yourself of all…
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Universal Vision
August 11, 2017

Divine Vision

For twelve years, Rabbi David of Lelov fasted from one Sabbath to the next and subjected himself to all manner of spiritual disciplines. Yet he still felt that he had…
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Universal Vision
July 14, 2017

Spiritual Optimism I

How do we find our place in the world? How do we discover our part in the Plan of God? How do we instill purpose and meaning into our lives?…
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Universal Vision
June 9, 2017

Echad – One: The Whole World is Filled with God’s Glory

Shma Yisrael Adonai Elohenu Adonai Echad Hear O Israel the Lord is our God the Lord is One When you say the first line of the Shma, “you should extend…
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Universal Vision
May 19, 2017

The Waveless Ocean

“Not the Desirer of desires, but that man attains Peace, in whom all desires merge even as rivers flow into the ocean which is full and unmoving. “ - Bhagavad…
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Universal Vision
May 5, 2017

God is Near

We tend to think of God as off in some distant Heaven: that we need to traverse a great abyss in order to reach Him/Her - overcome great barriers and…
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Universal Vision
February 3, 2017

Angle of Vision

In 1974, I stopped by Calcutta to say goodbye to Dipa Ma . I told her, “I’m going back to America for a short time to get my health together,…
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Universal Vision
December 1, 2016

The God that We Hoped For

There is a passage in the Talmud (Taanit 31) which states that at the End of Days there will be a great circle dance in the Garden of Eden. All…
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Universal Vision
October 28, 2016

Full of God

Let nothing disturb you, Nothing frighten you. All things are passing, God never changes. Patience gains all things. Who has God wants nothing. Alone God suffices. Saint Teresa of Avila…
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Universal Vision
July 22, 2016

Sensitivity to Life

There used to be an almond tree to the north of Bhagavan’s hall. Chinnaswami (the ashram manager) asked a workman to clear it of dead leaves, which would later be…
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