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

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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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The first released VST image shows the spectacular star-forming region Messier 17, also known as the Omega Nebula or the Swan Nebula, as it has never been seen before. This vast region of gas, dust and hot young stars lies in the heart of the Milky Way in the constellation of Sagittarius (The Archer). The VST field of view is so large that the entire nebula, including its fainter outer parts, is captured — and retains its superb sharpness across the entire image. The data were processed using the Astro-WISE software system developed by E.A. Valentijn and collaborators at Groningen and elsewhere. #L
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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Self-Transformation
June 30, 2016

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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Meditation and Prayer
June 24, 2016

Beneath the Surface

Once a young monk called Kyosho went to study under the Zen Master Gensha. When Kyosho arrived at Gensha’s monastery, he went straight to see the Master. ‘I have come…
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Holydays
June 10, 2016

Shavuot: An Ever-Unfolding Revelation

We are all searching for the truth. We yearn to understand the nature of this world, to find the purpose of our lives. This quest is a lifetime endeavor that…
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Universal Vision
June 2, 2016

Eit Matzo – The Time When God is Found

“For this shall everyone that is godly pray to You in a time when You may be found - eit matzo.” - Psalm 32: 6 When is the time in our…
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Self-Transformation
May 27, 2016

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
May 12, 2016

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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