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
December 23, 2016

Light is Good

O God, give me light in my heart and light in my tongue And light in my hearing and light in my sight And light in my feeling and light…
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Self-Transformation
December 16, 2016

The Transforming Power of Spiritual Love II: The Sacrificial Love of a Great Soul

Who is willing to put the needs of others before their own needs? Who is willing to make sacrifices for the sake of humanity? Which one of us is prepared…
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Universal Vision
December 1, 2016

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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Life of Service
November 25, 2016

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
November 17, 2016

The Transformative Power of Spiritual Love

Love is a most powerful spiritual force. It conquers the heart and mind of an individual in a single moment. Love transforms a sinner into a saint. Love turns grief…
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Self-Transformation
November 10, 2016

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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Self-Transformation
November 4, 2016

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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Universal Vision
October 28, 2016

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
October 21, 2016

Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah: A Day of Longing for God, a Day of Living in God

The Hebrew month of Tishri is permeated with a feeling of holiness. The Holydays of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot take us out of the drudgery of our mundane…
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Holydays
October 13, 2016

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 7, 2016

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 30, 2016

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 22, 2016

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 15, 2016

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 9, 2016

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
September 2, 2016

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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Meditation and Prayer
August 26, 2016

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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Holydays
August 19, 2016

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 12, 2016

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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Spiritual Wisdom
August 5, 2016

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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Self-Transformation
July 29, 2016

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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Universal Vision
July 22, 2016

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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Universal Vision
July 15, 2016

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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