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
March 24, 2017

The Presence of God

  “When I am on the Heights, I say ‘I am He,’ and when I have a stomachache, I say ‘Mother, have mercy on me.” Swami Vivekananda {{1}} “Lord, by Your…
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Holydays
March 10, 2017

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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Meditation and Prayer
March 3, 2017

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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Spiritual Wisdom
February 24, 2017

Two Spiritual Approaches

After breaking bread, one should recite the following prayer: “For the sake of the union of the Holy One Blessed be He and His Shekhinah , I am not eating…
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Life of Service
February 17, 2017

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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Universal Vision
February 3, 2017

Angle of Vision

In 1974, I stopped by Calcutta to say goodbye to Dipa Ma . I told her, “I’m going back to America for a short time to get my health together,…
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Meditation and Prayer
January 26, 2017

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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Self-Transformation
January 19, 2017

Keep the Mind Up

When my wife Nomi was pregnant with our second son Navonel, she was forced to spend an extended period in hospital lying on her back. Adir, our five year old,…
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Spiritual Wisdom
January 13, 2017

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
January 6, 2017

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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Holydays
December 30, 2016

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
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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