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
August 16, 2019

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
August 9, 2019

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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Spiritual Wisdom
August 1, 2019

The Help of Heaven

There is a great deal of work that each of us needs to undertake in order to get ourselves right. It takes tremendous courage to even attempt this work and…
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Self-Transformation
July 26, 2019

Standing in the Light

“You have set our wrongdoings before You, our hidden sins before the light of Your countenance.” - Psalm 90:8 When we hold an object at a distance from a light…
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Self-Transformation
July 19, 2019

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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Spiritual Wisdom
July 12, 2019

Corridor

“This world is like a corridor before the World to Come.” - The Ethics of the Fathers 4:16 “Better one hour of bliss in the World to Come than the…
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Life of Service
July 5, 2019

In Our Thoughts

Krishna Bhikshu, one of Sri Ramana Maharshi’s long-time devotees, told the following story about an incident that took place one lunch hour at the ashram: “In the early years of…
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Self-Transformation
June 28, 2019

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
June 21, 2019

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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Universal Vision
June 14, 2019

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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Holydays
June 7, 2019

Shavuot: Touching the Infinite and Eternal

Shavuot is a joyous festival where the synagogue is decorated with flowers and other greenery. The Torah (Exodus 23:16) calls Shavuot “the harvest festival, the first fruits of your labor…
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Universal Vision
May 31, 2019

Eit Matzo – The Time When God is Found

“For this shall everyone that is godly pray to You in a time when You may be found - eit matzo.” - Psalm 32: 6 When is the time in our…
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Self-Transformation
May 24, 2019

Manna – Food from Heaven

When Swami Vidyatmananda, a westerner that had joined the Ramakrishna order was a probationer, he went to India to visit the headquarters of the Order. One day, he decided to…
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Holydays
May 17, 2019

Lag Ba’Omer

Bar Yochai! With oil of sacred anointment were you anointed from the holy measure You bore the headplate, a crown of holiness, bound upon your head is your glory… Bar…
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Holydays
May 8, 2019

Spiritual Optimism III: Spiritual Optimism and Israel

Optimism is an intrinsic part of the Jewish tradition. This optimism has upheld us amid countless sufferings and ordeals. This optimism has carried us through two thousand years of exile.…
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Universal Vision
May 3, 2019

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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Holydays
April 25, 2019

In the Midst of the Sea

“Speak to the Children of Israel that they go forward.” - Exodus 14:15 “He who can forebear, lives. He who cannot, is lost.” - Sri Ramakrishna {{1}} There are times in life…
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Holydays
April 19, 2019

Roadmap to Freedom

“The order of the Pesach service is now completed in accordance with all its laws, its ordinances and statues. Just as we were found worthy to perform it , so…
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Spiritual Wisdom
April 12, 2019

What do We Need?

Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord, does man live. - Deuteronomy 8:3 The Hasidic Master, Yisrael of…
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Meditation and Prayer
April 5, 2019

Beneath the Surface

Once a young monk called Kyosho went to study under the Zen Master Gensha. When Kyosho arrived at Gensha’s monastery, he went straight to see the Master. ‘I have come…
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Universal Vision
March 29, 2019

Spiritual Openness

One of the essential qualities in the spiritual life is openness. It is a quality that expresses itself in all aspects of our life. Spiritual openness begins with an open…
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Holydays
March 15, 2019

Drunk with God

“Do you know of what this net of maya is comprised? Sense objects, lust, gold, name, fame, ego, vanity, selfishness, and so on. With all these, maya binds the mind…
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Spiritual Wisdom
March 1, 2019

Spiritual Optimism II: Transcending the Conflict Between Optimism and Tradition

There exists an inherent tension between tradition and optimism. Tradition emphasizes the imperfections in human nature and the many difficulties of life in this world. According to the tradition, our…
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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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