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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.

Torah-Veda
An Interspiritual Journey
Find Your Inspiration and Follow It



Quote of the Week 329 - Dream Luminosity


In a dream I am walking joyfully up the mountain. Something breaks and falls away, and all is light. Nothing has changed, yet all is amazing, luminescent, free. Released at last, I rise into the sky…This dream comes often. Sometimes I run, then lift up like a kite, high above the earth, and always I sail transcendent for a time before awaking. I choose to awake, for fear of falling, yet such dreams tell me that I am a part of things, if only I would let go, and keep on going.

In recent dreams, I have twice seen light so brilliant, so intense, that it “woke me up,” but the light did not continue into wakefulness. Which was more real, the waking or the dream?


-- Peter Matthiessen, Nine-Headed Dragon River


CURRENT TEACHING SESSIONS



TISH-SATSANGS OCT. 17 AND DEC. 12


In the spirit of inter-spiritual adventure, you are invited to attend Tish-Satsang gatherings:


Date: Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015

Time: 11 AM to 1 PM

This is the Saturday after Succot, and will be at Mitch Cohen's house in his Succah. Contact me to RSVP and for directions.


Date: Saturday, December 12, 2015

Time: 11 AM to 1 PM

This is Hanukah Saturday, will be at Elaine and Steve Gold's house, with latkes-enhanced pot lunch. Contact me to RSVP and for directions.


While “tish” is a Yiddish word related to a table, its historic meaning relates to a communal gathering of the spiritually-inclined around a table. “Satsang” is a Sanskrit word with a similar connotation of a gathering for spiritual inspiration, “sat” meaning “spiritual truth” and “sang” coming from a root connoting community.


This is an opportunity for communal sharing with the goal of building a spiritual community. Each person is asked to share something meaningful with the group.


Format:


We will assemble in some semblance of a circle and begin with twenty minutes of silent meditation, so bring a meditation cushion, chair or blanket. Following the meditation period:


1) A hat containing numbers will be passed around, with each participant taking a number.


2) A facilitator will call out a number. The participant holding that number will “have the floor” for 30 seconds to 5 minutes to do anything legal, with the idea to share with the group something of a spiritual/inspiring nature, loosely and broadly defined. There are no limits on what the participant can do while they “have the floor”, and they can enlist participation by others. Examples: sing a song, lead a chant, drum (including inviting others to drum), play an instrument, play a cd, dance, read (poetry, fiction, non-fiction), tell a story, share a piece of art, deliver a dvar, enact a play, tell us about your week, roll a ball around, play duck-duck-goose or musical chairs, show and tell, do nothing, guide a meditation, etc.


3) When your number is called, you can “pass”, but the idea is to come willing to participate. Nothing much will happen if there are too many “passes”.


4) No-one is to interfere while somebody else has the floor, although, as described above, that person can enlist participation by others. Even if you might elect to pass when your number is called, you should come expecting that somebody else might seek your participation when their number is called.


5) After each period, there will be a short period for comments/discussion, followed by the next number being called.


Afterwards, there will be a potluck Shabbat lunch. Please bring something to share.


Bring whatever else you want, including musical instruments, drums/other percussion, books, art, etc.


Please RSVP to me by June 10, so we have some idea of how many people are coming.



Thursday, January 3, 2013

Quote of the Week 250 - The Creation of the World


The creation of the world did not take place once and for all time, but takes place every day.

--Samuel Beckett

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