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

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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Spiritual Wisdom
February 15, 2019

Living in the Higher Consciousness

  On this physical plane of existence, we are bombarded daily by a constant stream of sensory stimuli. These stimuli push and pull us in every direction as they compete…
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Spiritual Wisdom
February 8, 2019

State of Consciousness

A central maxim of the teachings of the Baal Shem is that we are where our thoughts are. He believed that it is our mind that controls the nature of…
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Spiritual Wisdom
February 1, 2019

Torah: A Path of Wisdom and Peace

“Her ways are ways of pleasantness and all her paths are peace.” - Proverbs 3:17 The Torah is a religious manual that teaches us how to live our life. The…
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Self-Transformation
January 25, 2019

Temimut – Holy Simplicity

“No good thing will He withhold from those who walk betamim - in sincerity and simplicity.” (Psalm 84:12) Because the way of God is to do good, therefore He will…
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Holydays
January 19, 2019

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 11, 2019

The Middle Path

After six years of severe asceticism, the Buddha came to the realization that neither the path of sensual pleasure, nor the path of intense bodily deprivation will free one from…
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Life of Service
December 28, 2018

Without Reward

The Ethics of the Fathers 1:3 declares: “Do not be like servants who serve their master for the sake of receiving a reward, but rather be like servants who serve…
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Self-Transformation
December 20, 2018

Mitzvah: Spiritual Glue

"When she came into the room, she picked up a little plastic toy duck that must have belonged to her grandchild and took it over to a plastic basin on…
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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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