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

Meditation and Prayer
November 15, 2019

Asking God

Elijah said to Rabbi Yehuda brother of Rabbi Salah Hisda: “When you set out on a journey, ask permission from your Maker, and then depart.” – Tractate Brachot 29B What…
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Life of Service
November 7, 2019

Service of Love

When we are children, our heart is open and easily loves others. As we grow older, however, personality flaws arise to close off our heart, and the difficulties of life…
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Meditation and Prayer
October 31, 2019

The Path of Silence and the Path of Words

“In silence one can contemplate the greatness of God and bind oneself to God more than one can bind oneself through speech.” - The Baal Shem Tov There is a spiritual…
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Meditation and Prayer
October 25, 2019

Spiritual Companionship

“I find it hard to describe the joy that we experienced in those days… "Day after day, as though overpowered by a strange, spiritual fervour, we kept on doing our…
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Holydays
October 18, 2019

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 11, 2019

Sukkot: A Shelter of Faith

In the Kabbalah, the sukkah is called tzilah demehemnutah – the shelter of faith. In the Talmud, we are told that the sukkah is symbolic of the clouds of glory…
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Holydays
October 3, 2019

Yom Kippur: A Day of Truth

“The seal of God is truth.” – Tractate Shabbat 55a "Truthfulness is the first pillar in the Temple of God-realization. Truth is the gateway to the Kingdom of God." – Swami Sivananda…
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Holydays
September 27, 2019

Birth of a New Year

The New Year is a time of new beginnings. Rosh Hashanah is a time to reflect and prepare. The literal meaning of the Hebrew word “rosh” is head, and the…
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Self-Transformation
September 20, 2019

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 13, 2019

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 6, 2019

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 30, 2019

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 23, 2019

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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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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