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Rabbi Yoel Glick Shabbaton February 27, 28, March 1


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In Partnership with Limmud Atlanta + SE


Daat Elyon presents:

Living in the Presence of God

A Contemplative Shabbaton

With Rabbi Yoel Glick

February 27, 28, March 1, 2015

Atlanta, GA


Come join us for a Shabbaton with the renowned teacher, spiritual guide and mentor Rabbi Yoel Glick. During this weekend, Rabbi Yoel will share insights, practices and experiences from his new book Living the Life of Jewish Meditation: A Comprehensive Guide to Practice and Experience.


Friday night, February 27: Contemplative Kabbalat Shabbat

Friday Night, Rabbi Yoel Glick will lead a contemplative Kabbalat Shabbat service to greet the Sabbath Queen with short guided meditations, chanting and singing.

Time: 7:30 PM

Location: Ahavath Achim Synagogue, 600 Peachtree Battle Ave. NW, Atlanta 30327


Saturday Morning, February 28, Meditation Workshop: Building a Jewish Meditation Practice

At the heart of the meditative life is our daily practice. Our day-to-day meditation is the key to transforming our consciousness. In this workshop, we will explore the five categories of meditation techniques - stilling the mind, visualization, concentration, mantra chanting and contemplation - and delve into the inner processes that they set into motion.

Time: 10 AM to 1 PM

Location: Lang Carson Center (at Lang Carson Park), 100 Flat Shoals Ave SE, Atlanta, 30316

Fee: $20.00. Pre-registration/prepayment required. Send fee payable to Yoga and Judaism Center, PO Box 1769, Decatur, GA 30031. Space is limited; first-come, first-served. Bring yoga mat, meditation blanket/cushion.


Saturday Evening, February 28: Celebratory Havdalah

In this Havdalah service, Rabbi Yoel will utilize the traditional rituals, Kabbalistic chanting, Hasidic melodies and mystical teaching to conclude the Shabbat and draw its spiritual power into the consciousness of the new week.

Time: 7 PM to 8 PM

Location: Vista Yoga, 2836 LaVista Rd., Decatur 30033 (behind Napoleon’s)


Sunday Morning, March 1: Seeking the Living Presence of God: The Story of My Spiritual Journey

In this talk, Rabbi Yoel will talk about his spiritual journey and the vibrant encounter between Judaism and Hinduism which has become his life’s path and work.

Time: 11 AM (silent meditation from 10:30 AM to 11 AM; program starts at 11AM)

Location: Vedanta Center of Atlanta, 2331 Brockett Rd. Tucker, GA 30084


Sunday Afternoon, March 1: Building the Temple of the Heart: The Three Pillars of the Spiritual Life

In the Hebrew Bible, God commands Israel: “Make me a sanctuary and I shall dwell in your midst.” The Baal Shem teaches that each of us is a living temple.

The rabbis set out the three pillars of this inner temple: Torah (study of spiritual wisdom), Avodah (Worship) and Gimilut Hasadim (Acts of Loving-kindness). These three pillars correspond to the three Yogas of Hinduism: Jnana yoga, Bhakti yoga, and Karma yoga. They can also be defined as the expansion of our consciousness, the constant remembrance of God, and the inner work of self-transformation. In this talk and experiential workshop, we will explore how to use these three paths to build a sacred space inside us where the Divine Presence dwells.

Time: 1 PM to 3 PM

Location: Vedanta Center of Atlanta, 2331 Brockett Rd. Tucker, GA 30084



For more information, contact Steve Gold, Yoga and Judaism Center, yajcenter@aol.com, 770-270-8290.

All sessions are free and open to the public, except for Saturday morning, as noted. Donations are welcome to help cover costs.


















Thursday, February 19, 2015

Quote of the Week 315 - Universal Vision: Seeing the Divinity in Everyone


Above all else, those who are established in the consciousness of one-ness have universal vision. They see the divinity in every human being. Enlightened individuals can discern how each person fits into the greater whole, how each is an essential piece of the puzzle that we call life. They understand that both the saint and the sinner, the virtuous person and the scoundrel, the wise man and the fool, are part of the play of this material existence. They know that all of these actors are part of the wondrous manifestation of God’s Eternal Spirit in this finite physical world.

-- from Living the Life of Jewish Meditation; A Comprehensive Guide to Practice and Experience, by Rabbi Yoel Glick

Friday, February 6, 2015

Quote of the Week 314 - Abraham


When the Guiding Force of the universe wants to introduce new ideas and energies into the consciousness of humanity, a plan is constructed to facilitate the revelation and growth of this fresh divine imperative on the earthly plane. Then, a shoresh neshama (root soul) is formed to take up this spiritual mission and bring it to fruition in time and space.

Great souls from the higher reaches of the celestial planes are sent down to anchor the divine thoughtform in our world. The lives of these souls are filled with suffering and struggle, but they are lives where the Eternal presence is real and tangible.

After these souls pass over, they form a spiritual nucleus in the higher realm. This nucleus becomes a new outpost of energy and consciousness in the Kingdom of Heaven. It acts as an intermediary link between those on the physical plane and their supernal source.

Avraham was the first Jew. He provided the anchor for the Soul of Israel in this world. Avraham is the archetype of the father in Judaism. He is the father of the Jewish people and the father of the Jewish soul. This understanding is explicit in his original name Avram, which is composed of two words: av, “father” and ram, “high” or “esteemed.” Together they form “high father” – the spiritual definition of his life and work.

As his life journey progresses, Avram receives a new name in a vision. He is blessed that he will become a father of many nations, and the Hebrew letter heh is added to his name. His name now becomes Avraham. The heh is one of the letters in the sacred Divine Name Yud He Vav Heh. By the addition of this letter to Avram’s name, he is bound to God forever.

The addition of the heh to the name Avram is also a symbol of the spiritual initiation Avraham underwent, whereby he was linked to a new, greater collective soul. This initiation transformed him into a soul “father of fathers” – av: father; ra: high father; ham: father of fathers. It led him another step in the journey to his Source.

-- from Living the Life of Jewish Meditation; A Comprehensive Guide to Practice and Experience, by Rabbi Yoel Glick

Friday, January 30, 2015

Quote of the Week 313 - Being Comfortable with Paradox and Confusion


Enlightened space, the place of unconditional love, cannot be achieved until and unless one is willing to be comfortable with paradox and confusion.

--Ralph Walker

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Rabbi Yoel Glick Shabbaton


In Partnership with Limmud Atlanta + SE
 
Daat Elyon presents:
Living in the Presence of God
A Contemplative Shabbaton
with Rabbi Yoel Glick
Atlanta, GA

February 27, 28, March 1,2015

Come join us for a Shabbaton with the renowned teacher, spiritual guide and mentor Rabbi Yoel Glick. During this weekend, Rabbi Yoel will share insights, practices and experiences from his new book Living the Life of Jewish Meditation: A Comprehensive Guide to Practice and Experience.

Friday Night, February 27 – Contemplative Kabbalat Shabbat
Rabbi Yoel Glick will lead a contemplative Kabbalat Shabbat service to greet the Sabbath Queen with short guided meditations, chanting and singing.
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Ahavath Achim Synagogue, 600 Peachtree Battle Ave. NW, Atlanta 30327

Saturday Morning, February 28 – Meditation Workshop: Building a Jewish Meditation Practice
At the heart of the meditative life is our daily practice. Our day-to-day meditation is the key to transforming our consciousness. In this workshop, we will explore the five categories of meditation techniques – stilling the mind, visualization, concentration, mantra chanting and contemplation – and delve into the inner processes that they set in motion.
Time: 10 AM to 1 PM
Location: Lang Carson Center (at Lang Carson Park), 100 Flat Shoals Ave SE, Atlanta 30316
Fee: $20.00. Pre-registration/prepayment required. Send fee payable to Yoga and Judaism Center, PO Box 1769, Decatur, GA 30031. Space is limited; first-come, first-served. Bring yoga mat, meditation blanket/cushion.

Saturday Evening, February 28 – Celebratory Havdalah
In this Havdalah service, Rabbi Yoel will utilize the traditional rituals, Kabbalistic chanting, Hasidic melodies and mystical teaching to conclude the Shabbat and draw its spiritual power into the consciousness of the new week.
Time: 7 PM to 8 PM
Location: Vista Yoga, 2836 LaVista Rd., Decatur 30033 (behind Napoleon’s)

Sunday Morning, March 1 – Seeking the Living Presence of God: The Story of My Spiritual Journey
In this talk, Rabbi Yoel will talk about his spiritual journey and the vibrant encounter between Judaism and Hinduism which has become his life’s path and work.
Time: 11 AM (silent meditation from 10:30 AM to 11 AM; program starts at 11 AM)
Location: Vedanta Center of Atlanta, 2331 Brockett Rd. Tucker, GA 30084

Sunday Afternoon, March 1  - Building the Temple of the Heart: The Three Pillars of the Spiritual Life
In the Hebrew Bible, God commands Israel: “Make me a sanctuary and I shall dwell in your midst.” The Baal Shem teaches that each of us is a living temple. The rabbis set out the three pillars of this inner Temple: Torah (study of spiritual wisdom), Avodah (Worship) and Gimilut Hasadim (Acts of Loving-kindness). These three pillars correspond to the three Yogas of Hinduism: Jnana yoga, Bhakti yoga, and Karma yoga. They can also be defined as the expansion of our consciousness, the constant remembrance of God, and the inner work of self-transformation. In this talk and experiential workshop, we will explore how to use these three paths to build a sacred space inside us where the Divine Presence dwells.
Time: 1 PM to 3 PM
Location: Vedanta Center of Atlanta, 2331 Brockett Rd. Tucker, GA 30084

For more information, contact Steve Gold, Yoga and Judaism Center, yajcenter@aol.com, 770-270-8290.
All sessions are free and open to the public, except for Saturday morning, as noted. Donations are welcome to help cover costs. To donate, go to yajcenter.blogspot.com.


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Quote of the Week 312 - The World's Breathing


The world’s continual breathing is what we hear and call silence.

-- Clarice Lispector

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Quote of the Week 311 - My Peace


I thrive on the eccentricity of my imagination. Outwardly, I’m conventional and boring. Inwardly, I can’t keep the wild thoughts from flowing. That’s my peace. In that wildness lives my creative and comforting stillness.

--Thomas Moore, in the article “The Place Beyond Seeking”, Spirituality & Health magazine, January/February 2015 issue

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Quote of the Week 310 - Essence is More Than the Sum of the Parts

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A biological organism is something more than the sum of its parts. Consider the people you know. If you analyze them according to height, weight, age, where they went to school, and so on, you are engaging in a form of reductionism that will never capture their essence. We intuitively understand this to be true with human beings, but we have been trained not to apply it to every other substance and life-form and the planet.

--Herbalist Stephen Harrod Buhner in an interview by Akshay Ahuja in Sun Magazine, December 2014, Issue 468

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Quote of the Week 309 - With Your Light


Con tu luz, si se puede.
With your light, it can be done.

--Carlos Santana

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Quote of the Week 308 - The Void


During deep sleep, there is the experience of the void; the same void can be experienced during meditation. That void is not empty, but there is a feeling of emptiness. During that time, there is no content, and that is why it is called deep sleep. So sleep is an unconscious state without content; there is no awareness. When one is in the void, he does not know that he is in the void, but once awake, he remembers being in the void. In deep meditation, one is in the void and is aware of it at the time. The meditative state is a fully awakened state.

--Swami Rama, Mandukya Upanishad, Enlightenment Without God, p. 98; OM, The Eternal Witness, Secrets of the Mandukya Upanishad, p. 161

Friday, November 14, 2014

Quotes of the Week 307 - Light of Different Grades/A Luminous Perspective


Quotes of the Week 307 – Light of Different Grades/A Luminous Perspective

Light of Different Grades

The soul is light, the mind is light, and the body is light – light of different grades; it is this relation which connects man with the planets and stars.

--Hazrat Inayat Khan


A Luminous Perspective

The perception that dawns on a person to see the world, not as finished, but as in the process of continued becoming, ascending, developing - this changes us from being ‘under the sun’ to being ‘above the sun’ from the place where everything takes on new form. The joy of heaven and earth abide in us as on the day they were created.

In this luminous perspective one looks at all the worlds, at the general and human development, at the destiny of each creature, at all the events of all times.

--Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook


Sunday, November 9, 2014

New Audio Now Available - Elijah the Prophet (and Enoch, Phinehas, Elisha and the Archangels Metatron and Sandalphon)

A new audio, "Elijah the Prophet (and Enoch, Phinehas, Elisha and the Archangels Metatron and Sandalphon)" is now available. You can click on the link below or go to the audio section in the right hand column of this blog (scroll down). It is a talk I gave at the Vedanta Center of Atlanta on Sunday, November 2. Enjoy. 
 
Elijah the Prophet

Monday, October 27, 2014

Elijah the Prophet Presentation Sunday, Nov. 2, 11 AM, Vedanta Center of Atlanta


I will be making the following presentation at the Vedanta Center of Atlanta on Sunday, November 2, 2014. The program begins with 30 minutes of meditation starting at 10:30 AM. My 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, 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.

Elijah the Prophet (and Enoch, Phinehas, Elisha and the Archangels Metatron and Sandalphon). Who was/is Elijah the Prophet, Eliyahu Hanavi, whose story is contained in the Jewish Bible? Where did he come from, what did he do, and where did he go? The Jewish Bible and supplemental sources weave an interesting story-line about Elijah and his co-horts/alter-egos/incarnations. Included are swashbuckling tales mixed with displays of extraordinary yogic-like powers and underlying mystical and spiritual lessons. Come hear about this hero/these heroes of old and ponder what his/their stories may mean for us today.

Date: November 2, 2014
Time: 11 AM (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.

 

About the Presenter

Steven J. Gold, BA Antioch College, Philosophy and Religion; JD Emory Law School, is the founder/director of the Yoga and Judaism Center in Atlanta, GA. He has been a student, practitioner and teacher of spiritual self-realization and its related philosophy and psychology for over forty years, including yoga, Vedanta, kabala and eastern and western mysticism. He is an initiate and practitioner in the Tradition of the Himalayan Masters, as propagated in the West by the late Sri Swami Rama of the Himalayas. He is the author of Yoga and Judaism, Explorations of a Jewish Yogi; IVRI, The Essence of Hebrew Spirituality, 21st Century Perspectives on an Ancient Tradition; Torah Portion Summaries, With Insights from the Perspective of a Jewish Yogi; Basic Spiritual Principles, Writings of the Dawn, The Spiritual Journey of a Baby-Boomer, and The Book About Always Being At Home (spiritual children’s book).