Weekly Teachings

Every Friday a teaching is posted as a subject for study and contemplation during the coming week.

 

The Ocean of God

“’Dive deep, O mind, dive deep in the Ocean of God’s Beauty.” – Kabir

Holydays
December 15, 2017

This is Hanukkah

The eighth and last day of Hanukkah has a special significance in the Hasidic tradition. This added significance is emphasized by the distinctive manner by which we refer to this…
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Holydays
December 7, 2017

Hanukkah: A Holiday of Illumination and Rededication

The Light of the Atman, the Spirit, is invisible, concealed in all beings. It is seen by the seers of the subtle, when their vision is keen and is clear….…
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Self-Transformation
December 1, 2017

Steadiness

“And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hands, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hands, that Amalek prevailed. When Moses’ hands became weary, they…
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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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Spiritual Wisdom
November 17, 2017

Wisdom

Psalm 104:24 declares: ”You have created them all with wisdom.”  Wisdom reaches to the heart of the Creation. It evokes the Divine idea that has formed this world and applies…
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Self-Transformation
October 27, 2017

Integrity

As one of his spiritual disciplines, Saint Francis of Assisi never ate meat. Once, however, because he was ill, he ate a little bit of chicken. When his physical strength…
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Holydays
October 11, 2017

Stay with God: Shemini Atzeret

“On the eighth day you shall have a solemn assembly: you shall do no work of labor.” - Numbers 29:35 Shemini Atzeret – the solemn assembly of the eighth day of…
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Holydays
October 4, 2017

The Sukkah of Leviathan

After the experience of the Divine Presence that is the fruit of our spiritual work during the High Holydays, we enter into the joy of the festival of Sukkot. The…
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Holydays
September 29, 2017

Yom Kippur: Touched by the Will of God

We are deeply attached to the body and its urges. Swami Adbhutanada, a disciple of Sri Ramakrishna used to say: “The mind craves the intoxication of worldly enjoyments.” We are…
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Holydays
September 15, 2017

The Yamim Noraim: A Time of Faith, Hope and Spiritual Opportunity

The High Holydays that begin each Jewish year are called the Yamim Noraim – the Days of Awe. For many Jews it is a time of fear and trembling at…
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Self-Transformation
September 8, 2017

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 1, 2017

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
August 25, 2017

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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Meditation and Prayer
August 18, 2017

I am my Beloved’s and my Beloved is Mine

My head is bursting with the joy of the unknown. My heart is expanding a thousand fold. Every cell, taking wings, flies about the world. All seek separately the many…
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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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Holydays
August 4, 2017

Double Consolation

There is a famous Zen parable that tells the story of a rich man’s son who was lost or kidnapped. In the parable, the rich man searches for his son…
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Holydays
July 27, 2017

Tisha B’Av: The Great Shattering

The story is told of how the Indian saint, Seshadri Swami, would go through the market of the town where he lived and smash the windows of the local shopkeepers.…
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Self-Transformation
July 20, 2017

The Path of Great Compassion

When the Hasidic Master, Yitzhak of Vorki passed away, his son was broken- hearted. He acutely felt the loss of his father and prayed for a sign from him. After…
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Holydays
July 7, 2017

In the Narrow Straits

On the seventeenth of Tammuz (commemorated on July 11), we begin the period of three weeks of mourning leading up to the solemn day of Tisha B’Av. Tisha B’Av commemorates…
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Self-Transformation
June 23, 2017

The Yearning for Perfection

The yearning for perfection is a spiritual quality that indicates a high level of evolution in a soul. It is the expression of a refined sense of harmony and beauty,…
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