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
February 22, 2018

Zachor – Remember Amalek

Despite our deepest wish that it not be so, there are people in this world who have no compassion or love. There are people who show no pity or decency.…
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Spiritual Wisdom
February 16, 2018

The Three Pillars of a Jewish Spiritual Life

The first pillar is Torah. For the rabbis, Torah meant study. The rabbis saw study as the central focus of all religious practice. All other dimensions of Judaism arose out…
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Self-Transformation
February 9, 2018

Living with High Aspirations and No Expectations

“By practicing, it can happen anytime, at any door of perception, when one is ready, but not by expecting. Continue working. Every step is taking you near the goal. Continuity…
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Self-Transformation
February 2, 2018

The Power of Faith

Faith is the engine that powers all our spiritual work. When we have faith, our every act is infused with spiritual livingness. With faith, we can change Heaven and earth.…
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Holydays
January 25, 2018

Rooted in the Ground of Being: Tu B’Shvat: The New Year for Trees

  The most difficult thing in the world is to just be - to stop planning, scheming, and doing and just be. Yet, there is nothing more powerful than a…
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Self-Transformation
January 4, 2018

Self-Awareness

The work of self-transformation plays a key role in the spiritual life. Without it all our other practices are meaningless. Unless we seriously engage in the work of personality purification,…
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Spiritual Wisdom
December 28, 2017

What is True?

“If this is true, what else could matter? If it is not true, what do our lives matter?” - Swami Vivekananda {{1}} What is it that we believe in? What is…
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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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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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