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

Spiritual Wisdom
December 14, 2018

Our Natural State

When people would come to Ramana Maharshi and ask him how they could reach Self-realization, he would answer them by saying that self-realization is not something to be reached or…
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Holydays
December 7, 2018

Eight:The Number of Completion

Eight is the number of completion. It is the number of infinity, of reaching beyond ourselves to touch the Absolute. (more…)
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Holydays
November 30, 2018

Hanukkah: Dispel the Darkness

Rebbe Natan of Nemirov teaches that on the holyday Hanukkah we receive the light of the Beit Hamikdash or Temple. The Beit Hamikdash is the place where we can access…
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Universal Vision
November 22, 2018

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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Meditation and Prayer
November 16, 2018

Willpower

“What is the purpose of spiritual disciplines? To develop free will. The more one strengthens one’s willpower, the more one moves toward God. The Master used to say, ‘Awaken your…
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Spiritual Wisdom
November 8, 2018

The Dynamics of Grace

“Grace is flowing like the ocean, ever full. Everyone draws from it according to his capacity. How can one who brings only a tumbler complain that he is not able…
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Spiritual Wisdom
November 1, 2018

The Power of Spirit

“Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord of Hosts.” - Zechariah 4:6 “When you find no strength left in the body, when you find no…
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Self-Transformation
October 26, 2018

Chesed – Lovingkindness

“A little spark of the Universal Spirit is enshrined in all living beings… The karma yogi believes in this mystical fact of the universe and keeps himself or herself always…
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Life of Service
October 19, 2018

The Secret of Work

“Whatever you do, concentrate your whole mind on that. This is the secret of work.” - Swami Vivekananda {{1}} If we want to become wealthy, then we need to put all…
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Spiritual Wisdom
October 11, 2018

Master of Time and Space

"There is a bridge between time and Eternity; and this bridge is Atman, the Spirit of man. Neither day nor night cross that bridge, nor old age, nor death nor…
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Self-Transformation
October 5, 2018

Stillness and Movement

One day at Belur Math, the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Order, Swami Brahmananda overheard a senior disciple admonishing a younger disciple for negligence in his work. He immediately went over…
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Holydays
September 28, 2018

Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah: Praying for Heavenly Rain

R. Assi pointed out a contradiction . One verse says: And the earth brought forth grass, referring to the third day, whereas another verse when speaking of the sixth day…
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Holydays
September 21, 2018

Sukkot: The Joy of Divine Love

A human being is a creature that is split in two. One part of us is a Divine spark of God that longs for the heavens; the other is an…
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Holydays
September 14, 2018

Yom Kippur: The Purifying Power of Ayin

Rabbi Akiva said, "Happy are you Israel! See before whom you purify yourselves, and who it is that purifies you? Your father in Heaven! As it is written, 'And I…
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Holydays
September 7, 2018

Rosh Hashanah: The Head of the Year

“And He humbled you, and suffered you to hunger, and fed you with manna, which you knew not, neither did your fathers know; that He might make you know that…
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Self-Transformation
August 31, 2018

The Whole World is Blooming

Silently a flower blooms, In silence it falls away; Yet here now, at this moment, at this place, the whole of the flower, the whole of the world is blooming. This is the talk of the flower, The truth of the blossom; The glory of eternal life is fully shining here. Abbot Zenkei Shibayama {{1}} Every single object in the…
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Self-Transformation
August 24, 2018

Caught in the Net

“Suppose a net has been cast into a lake to catch fish. Some fish are so clever that they are never caught in the net. They are like the ever-free…
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Self-Transformation
August 17, 2018

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 10, 2018

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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Self-Transformation
August 3, 2018

The Burden of Doubt

Sri Ramakrishna used to tell a parable about faith and doubt: “Once a man was about to cross the sea. Bibhishana wrote Rama’s name on a leaf, tied it in…
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Holydays
July 27, 2018

Consolation

According to the tradition, one of the tragedies that befell the Jewish people on Tisha B’Av was the banishment of the Children of Israel to the desert for forty years. This…
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Holydays
July 20, 2018

Tisha B’Av: Destruction and Rebirth

Our lives are filled with joys and sorrows, successes and disappointments, births and deaths, creation and destruction. Most of the time, we busy ourselves with the day- to-day affairs of…
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Self-Transformation
July 13, 2018

Spiritual Discrimination

  Every morning, we begin our day with the following prayer: “Blessed are You, O Lord our God, Who gives the rooster understanding to distinguish between day and night.” The…
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Holydays
June 29, 2018

In the Narrow Straits

On the seventeenth of Tammuz (commemorated on July 1), 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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