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Torah and Veda are two ancient sources of spirituality still vibrant today. Torah is conveyed through the sacred language of Hebrew and Veda is conveyed through the sacred language of Sanskrit. The focus here is on meditation, mysticism, philosophy, psychology and the underlying spirituality that has been incorporated into religions, and not as much on the religions themselves. Your comments and posts are welcome.

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Quote of the Week 341 -The Great and Only Real Heresy


The great heresy and the only real heresy is the idea that anything is separate, distinct, and different essentially from other things. That is a wandering from natural fact and law, for nature is nothing but coordination, cooperation, mutual helpfulness; and the rule of fundamental unity is perfectly universal: everything in he universe lives for everything else.


--Gottfried de Purucker, Golden Precepts of Esotericism



CURRENT TEACHING SESSIONS


I will be making the following presentation at the Vedanta Center of Atlanta on Sunday, February 7, 2012. The program begins with 30 minutes of meditation starting at 10:30 AM. The morning presentation will begin at 11 AM and last for one hour. There is a little meet and greet coffee session afterwards. The public is welcome, and there is no charge (although donations are accepted, but no plate is passed around) and no reservations are needed. The Vedanta Center of Atlanta is located at 2331 Brockett Road, Tucker, GA 30084; 770-938-6673. It is at the corner of Adrian and Brockett, one block from LaVista.


Date: Sunday, February 7, 2016


Time: 11 AM to Noon (preceded by 30 minutes of meditation starting at 10:30 AM)


Location: Vedanta Center of Atlanta; 2331 Brocket Road, Tucker, GA 30084; 770-938-6673. (Corner of Adrian and Brockett, one block from LaVista.)


Cost: Free. Donations accepted, no reservations needed. Open to the public.


Guided Meditation – I am an Empty Shell, Therefore I am Full; A Meditation on Emptiness and Dark Luminescence Based on the Opening Lines of Genesis


The opening lines of Genesis are usually construed as a mystical/metaphorical description of the creation/manifestation of the totality of the macrocosm, of all of creation, that happened some time ago in the mythic past. However, they can also be regarded as describing processes of ongoing creation/manifestation occurring all of the time, and not only in the macrocosm, but also in the microcosm, within each of us. This presentation will analyze some of the clauses from these opening lines of Genesis as an introduction to a guided meditation experientially incorporating these spiritually powerful images into our inner being. Come experience the ongoing Genesis within and its relationship to “the thin voice of silence/stillness”.


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Come join Rabbi Yoel Glick for a weekend of teaching and meditation in honor of the release of his new book Walking the Path of the Jewish Mystic: How to Expand your Awareness and Transform your Life

Shabbat March 4-5, 2016

Torah-Veda Center

3562 Castlehill Ct, Tucker 30084

Friday March 4 at 7-9 pm

Part I: Contemplative Service

Rabbi Glick will lead a contemplative Shabbat service that combines guided meditation, prayer, chanting and singing.

Saturday March 5 at 11 am – 1 pm

Part II: Meditation Workshop

Immersed in the Divine Presence

In this workshop, we will enter into the secret world of the Shekhinah to discover the varied aspects of Her nature and the special spiritual blessings that She bestows. We will tap into the heart of Her sacred presence using meditation, chanting, song and prayer.

Event fee: $30 one event/ $50 for the two events

Space is limited, reserved first come, first served.

To Pay/RSVP send check payable to Yoga and Judaism Center to the above address or click:

Pay via Paypal for Yoel Glick Event

Please indicate Friday, Saturday, or Both with your payment. For more information, contact Steve Gold torahveda@gmail.com, 770-270-8290.

Rabbi Yoel Glick is a rabbi with Orthodox ordination, the founder of the first school for Jewish meditation and spirituality in the Old City of Jerusalem, director of daatelyon.org - an online center for spiritual training and wisdom, a spiritual seeker who has spent time in ashram and studied the mystical traditions of the major world religions. Reb Yoel is a teacher, guide and mentor who moves between the city of Jerusalem and a small village in the Pyrenees Mountains of France, opening people’s hearts and minds - connecting them to themselves, to the world around them - to the truth at the core of their being.

Sunday March 6, 2016

Vedanta Center of Atlanta

2331 Brockett Rd, Tucker

Part III: Public Talk at 11 am

The Essential Qualities of a Spiritual Seeker

The spiritual life is an extraordinary adventure. The Bhagavad Gita calls it the razor’s edge. The goal is lofty and the rewards are great, but the path is both difficult and demanding. We need to be well equipped if we are to succeed in our quest.

Congregation Or Hadash

7460 Towbridge Rd, Sandy Springs

Part IV: Public Talk at 7 pm

Walking the Path of the Jewish Mystic

How to Expand your Awareness

and Transform your Life

In this talk, Rabbi Yoel will explore how we use the seminal teachings of the Kabbalistic tradition to deepen our self-knowledge and live our lives with greater meaning and awareness.



https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=MMESHYZH9J8RN





Thursday, February 4, 2016

Quote of the Week 341- The Great and Only Real Heresy

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The great heresy and the only real heresy is the idea that anything is separate, distinct, and different essentially from other things. That is a wandering from natural fact and law, for nature is nothing but coordination, cooperation, mutual helpfulness; and the rule of fundamental unity is perfectly universal: everything in he universe lives for everything else.

--Gottfried de Purucker, Golden Precepts of Esotericism

Monday, February 1, 2016

Guided Meditation, Sunday, February 7, at Vedanta Center Atlanta


I will be making the following presentation at the Vedanta Center of Atlanta on Sunday, February 7, 2012. The program begins with 30 minutes of meditation starting at 10:30 AM. The morning presentation will begin at 11 AM and last for one hour. There is a little meet and greet coffee session afterwards. The public is welcome, and there is no charge (although donations are accepted, but no plate is passed around) and no reservations are needed. The Vedanta Center of Atlanta is located at 2331 Brockett Road, Tucker, GA 30084; 770-938-6673. It is at the corner of Adrian and Brockett, one block from LaVista.

Date: Sunday, February 7, 2016

Time: 11 AM to Noon (preceded by 30 minutes of meditation starting at 10:30 AM)

Location: Vedanta Center of Atlanta; 2331 Brocket Road, Tucker, GA 30084; 770-938-6673. (Corner of Adrian and Brockett, one block from LaVista.)

Cost: Free. Donations accepted, no reservations needed. Open to the public.

Guided Meditation – I am an Empty Shell, Therefore I am Full; A Meditation on Emptiness and Dark Luminescence Based on the Opening Lines of Genesis

The opening lines of Genesis are usually construed as a mystical/metaphorical description of the creation/manifestation of the totality of the macrocosm, of all of creation, that happened some time ago in the mythic past. However, they can also be regarded as describing processes of ongoing creation/manifestation occurring all of the time, and not only in the macrocosm, but also in the microcosm, within each of us. This presentation will analyze some of the clauses from these opening lines of Genesis as an introduction to a guided meditation experientially incorporating these spiritually powerful images into our inner being. Come experience the ongoing Genesis within and its relationship to “the thin voice of silence/stillness”. 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Quote of the Week 340 - The Result of Studies



Studies taught me the only thing they could, namely, that the truth is one and that some respect and love are enough to discover it in the depths of our consciousness.

--O.V. de L. Milosz

Monday, January 18, 2016

Rabbi Yoel Glick Coming to Atlanta March 4 - 6

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Come join Rabbi Yoel Glick for a weekend of teaching and meditation in honor of the release of his new book Walking the Path of the Jewish Mystic: How to Expand your Awareness and Transform your Life                  
Shabbat March 4-5, 2016
Torah-Veda Center
3562 Castlehill Ct, Tucker 30084
Friday March 4 at 7-9 pm
Part I: Contemplative Service
Rabbi Glick will lead a contemplative Shabbat service that combines guided meditation, prayer, chanting and singing.
Saturday March 5 at 11 am – 1 pm
Part II: Meditation Workshop
Immersed in the Divine Presence
In this workshop, we will enter into the secret world of the Shekhinah to discover the varied aspects of Her nature and the special spiritual blessings that She bestows. We will tap into the heart of Her sacred presence using meditation, chanting, song and prayer.
Event fee: $30 one event/ $50 for the two events
Space is limited, reserved first come, first served.
To Pay/RSVP send check payable to Yoga and Judaism Center to the above address or click:

Please indicate Friday, Saturday, or Both with your payment. For more information, contact Steve Gold torahveda@gmail.com, 770-270-8290.
Rabbi Yoel Glick is a rabbi with Orthodox ordination, the founder of the first school for Jewish meditation and spirituality in the Old City of Jerusalem, director of daatelyon.org - an online center for spiritual training and wisdom, a spiritual seeker who has spent time in ashram and studied the mystical traditions of the major world religions. Reb Yoel is a teacher, guide and mentor who moves between the city of Jerusalem and a small village in the Pyrenees Mountains of France, opening people’s hearts and minds - connecting them to themselves, to the world around them - to the truth at the core of their being.
Sunday March 6, 2016
Vedanta Center of Atlanta
2331 Brockett Rd, Tucker
Part III: Public Talk at 11 am
The Essential Qualities of a Spiritual Seeker
The spiritual life is an extraordinary adventure. The Bhagavad Gita calls it the razor’s edge. The goal is lofty and the rewards are great, but the path is both difficult and demanding. We need to be well equipped if we are to succeed in our quest.
Congregation Or Hadash
7460 Towbridge Rd, Sandy Springs
Part IV: Public Talk at 7 pm
Walking the Path of the Jewish Mystic
How to Expand your Awareness
and Transform your Life    
In this talk, Rabbi Yoel will explore how we use the seminal teachings of the Kabbalistic tradition to deepen our self-knowledge and live our lives with greater meaning and awareness.



  
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=MMESHYZH9J8RN

 

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Quote of the Week 339 - Close to the Ground: The Secret of Abiding Joy

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I’m sitting, watching Parker perform her first dance masterpiece. Its baseline is a collection of moves from her gymnastics class. She has layered on top of these most of the components of the sun salutation as well as some ferocious wing fluttering and shimmying. Periodically she stops cold for a few beats—a two-year-old’s interpretation of a Philip Glass composition. Her grin couldn’t be bigger. Sometimes it explodes into a giggle of pure happiness. I am thrilled for her.

Parker’s great fun is reminding me of an important Zen teaching that often gets swept under our meditation mats: that our job is to dance with life. We seem to be forgetting this aspect of the tradition, even though it is woven into many of the classic stories taught by our teachers. A favorite of mine has to do with the great Zen Master Hakuin and one of his students. Hakuin was known for his seriousness and ferocious personality. At the same time he also had a sweet spot in his heart for the ordinary people living in the villages around him. As a result they would often visit him, even though many a formal Zen student feared his presence.

One of Hakuin’s many visitors was an old woman who apparently had been chanting Buddha’s name for years but couldn’t quite slide into complete awakeness. He encourages her to keep practicing by looking into her own heart. She goes off and chews on his words like a dog with a bone. At night she practices. In the mornings she practices. She practices while she is doing her chores, walking, washing, and going to the toilet. She even practices in her sleep. Finally, one morning while she is washing the dishes, all the falsehoods of her life drop away and she is completely and utterly awake.
Thrilled, she rushes to see Hakuin, telling him that her whole body is filled with Buddha and that all of the mountains and rivers, forests and fields are shining with great enlightenment.

He looks at her. “Oh really?” he says. “And is this great light also shining up your butt?”

Even though the old woman is tiny, she pushes him over, shouting, “Well, I can see you still have work to do yourself, old man!” They laugh themselves silly and are so happy that they dance and dance and dance—awakeness meeting awakeness.

There is no question that we live in a broken world. As I write, all of Eugene is abuzz with trepidation about a probable earthquake that could happen in the coming years. It is expected to be a big one, possibly so big that many will be killed. Meanwhile, many of us are realizing, maybe for the first time, that this great democracy we call home has some horrific undertones, starting with a history of building itself on the backs of our brothers and sisters. The laudable, honorable aspects of the Islamic tradition have been caught in the undertow of a radical militarism that is holding the world hostage. Many of us are learning how to live on way less than we ever thought possible, thanks to a government that has lost its way and a great recession that has never let up in some quarters. And don’t get me started on the prison system.

And yet.

In my many years of teaching I’ve watched many students achieve the quiet of emptiness. And each time my hope is that they will keep going, keep training, keep studying, because there is so much more. When I see them start to cry easily, unapologetically, when something is even a little sad or sweet, I continue to hope they will keep going. Why? Because they still have waiting for them the great gift discovered by Hakuin’s old woman—great, abiding holy-shit-I-wouldn’t-believe-it-if-I-weren’t-feeling-it joy. This isn’t loud joy. It is a quiet, pulsating, porous, “it’s OK” joy that feeds us and gives us the energy to continue to be of service to the world as it is. Without expectations. This is the joy that gives us the courage to speak truth to power. To protest. To climb flagpoles that need climbing. To apologize for a history of unspeakable abuse. To clean up. And to dance. To dance with our whole breath, our whole body, the whole world, the whole universe.

Because that’s our job.

--Geri Larkin, Spirituality and Health Magazine, Nov.-Dec. 2015 Issue

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Quote of the Week 338 - The Proper Teaching


The proper teaching is recognized with ease. You can know it without fail because it awakens within you that sensation which tells you this is something you’ve always known.

-- Frank Herbert

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Quote of the Week 337 - I Am an Empty Shell


I am an empty shell.

Therefore, I am full.

--Steven J. Gold

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Quote of the Week 336 - Magic


The world is its own magic.

--Shunryu Suzuki

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Quote of the Week 335 - Perfect Doctrine/Dogma


[Student:]

If only it were possible to find understanding. If only there were a dogma to believe in. Everything is contradictory, everything tangential; there are no certainties anywhere. Everything can be interpreted one way and then again interpreted in the opposite sense. The whole of world history can be explained as development and progress and can also be seen as nothing but decadence and meaninglessness. Isn’t there any truth? Is there no real and valid doctrine?

[Master:]

There is truth, my boy. But the doctrine you desire, absolute, perfect dogma that alone provides wisdom, does not exist. Nor should you long for a perfect doctrine, my friend. Rather, you should long for the perfection of  yourself. The deity is within you, not in ideas and books. Truth is lived, not taught.

-- Hermann Hesse, Magister Ludi (The Glass Bead Game)

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

New Audio Link - My Spiritual Practice, Presentation at Vedanta Center of Atlanta, 10/04/15

It is also listed in the Audio section in the right-hand column. Scroll down to find the audio section.


My Spiritual Practice

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Quote of the Week 334 - Religion


Religion. It’s given people hope in a world torn apart by religion.

--Jon Stewart

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Quote of the Week 333 - The Lens in the Beam


You are merely the lens in the beam. You can only receive, give, and possess the light as the lens does…

You will know life and be acknowledged by it according to your degree of transparency, your capacity, that is, to vanish as an end, and remain purely as a means.

--Dag Hammarskjöld