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 330 - Fishing

Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.

--Henry David Thoreau


I will be involved with the following three sessions at the upcoming Limmud Atlanta SE this coming Labor Day weekend, Friday, Sept. 4 thru Monday, Sept. 7. Below is a link to the Limmud site and a description of the sessions I will be facilitating.


Torah Yoga, Jewish Kirtan and Meditation: An Alternative Shabbat Experience

Saturday, Sept. 5, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Explore the connection between body, mind and neshama on Shabbat. Weaving the Parsha Ha’shavua into a 40-minute Hatha Yoga (beginner/intermediate) session (led by Mitch Cohen); sing the language of the soul through Jewish Kirtan (40 minutes led by Bonnie Puckett and Michael Levine). Then, complete the experience by calming the mind: “Be Silent and know I am G-d” (Psalm 46:10); experience the Divine within and in nature and in everything (40 minutes breathing, relaxation and meditation led by Steve Gold).


Saturday, Sept. 5, 4:15 PM to 5:30 PM

“Tish” (Yiddish) and “Satsang” (Sanskrit) involve spiritual communal gathering. Following a brief meditation, a participant will “have the floor” for 30 seconds to 5 minutes to share something of a spiritual/inspiring nature, loosely and broadly defined, including enlisting participation by others. Examples: sing a song, lead a chant or prayer, play an instrument or drum, dance ,read (poetry, fiction, non-fiction), tell a story, share a piece of art, deliver a d’var, share something significant about yourself, etc.

[For a more full description, see below]

Facilitated by Steve Gold

Elijah the Prophet and Cohorts: Enoch, Phinehas, Elisha, Metatron, Sandalphon

Sunday, Sept. 6, 3:15 PM to 4:30 PM

Who was/is Elijah, Eliyahu Ha’navi? Where did he come from, what did he do, and where did he go? The Tanak and supplemental sources weave an interesting story-line about Elijah and his cohorts/alter-egos/incarnations, connecting Enoch and Phinehas in the Torah with Elijah and Elisha in the Prophets. Supplemental apocryphal sources add further spice by throwing into this blend the Archangels Metatron and Sandalphon. Included are swashbuckling tales mixes with displays of extraordinary yogic-like powers and underlying mystical and spiritual lessons. Come hear about these heroes of old and ponder what their stories may mean for us today.

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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.


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.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Quote of the Week 257 - Freedom and the Self

He is free who, knowing through his mind the Self in moving and unmoving objects and observing It as their substratum, gives up all superimpositions and remains as the Absolute and the infinite Self.

To realize the whole universe as the Self is the means of getting rid of bondage. There is nothing higher than identifying the universe with the Self. One realizes this state by excluding the objective world through steadfastness in the eternal Atman [the higher Self that exists within each individual].

--verses 338 and 339 of Vivekachudamani of Shri Shankaracharya, translated by Swami Madhavananda

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