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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

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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.

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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.



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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Quote of the Week 260 - The Revenge of the Spirit


Perhaps environmental pollution and the painful gap between the rich and the poor do not constitute the major challenges of our civilization. Perhaps the real challenge lies in the way humankind meets the world- that is, in human consciousness. Consciousness is what makes us unique in the history of evolution. But we have yet to embrace fully what it means to be human…

External evolution requires internal evolution. That was the dimension Abraham Maslow added to the basic Freudian needs: our search for meaning. We strive to develop our consciousness to achieve self-actualization…

The time has come for the spirit to escape from institutions, organizations, structures, strictures and systems. The development of the economy, technology and society is bringing human autonomy closer and closer. Modern individuals have infinitely more opportunities to organize their own lives than did those of previous generations We are at the threshold of a revenge of the spirit. This is the top of Maslow’s pyramid; self-realization. Consciousness separates the human being from other living creatures. We are all recognizably unique and our desire is to fulfill that uniqueness. The next phase of evolution is about becoming conscious beings that direct ourselves. That’s the way to happiness vitality intelligence and health.

The vision of the autonomous individual should not be confused with the current culture of individualism. At a higher level of awareness, the autonomous person realizes her independence relies on the respect and tolerance of others. As more and more people find their own way to spiritual development, they realize that every person, every creature, is part o a greater whole. This growing awareness is changing society. Personal development on a large scale – in sharp contrast with the collective mass hysteria of the various religious – adds a new dimension to the evolution.

If the expansion of consciousness is the mark of the future, it will have a profound effect on the way we equip and organize our world. As awareness rises, equality and community become stronger forces at the expense of old-fashioned, overly controlling rules and overly dominant institutions that promote competition. We will see less emphasis on power, more space for self-organization. That will amount to less winning or losing and more spontaneous synergy on the road to a common outcome.
We are discovering that the pollution of the mind gave rise to the pollution of the environment and that ecology is not just about preserving resources and nature but about realizing humanity’s place in the creation of the universe. “Self-realization will make us spontaneously inclined to value and defend the integrity of the world around us,” said Arne Naess, the founder of the deep ecology movement.

Self-direction will transform standardized education systems, as children cease to be asked to parrot what they read in books selected by their teachers and parents but learn to discover, develop and capitalize on their own talents. Self-determination is also crucial for our health. Autonomous individuals are more healthy individuals. And so increased consciousness will dismantle the expensive, rule-bound system of health care…

In the end, what an Indian master once told me accurately describes our mission: “The greatest journey we can make is the journey within. While going nowhere, while staying right here, we can travel an even greater distance inside.” That journey begins with feeling, listening, looking and experiencing, and sometimes by taking a moment in our busy lives to experience our connection with creation, to invite the future in, to discover that happiness is more than matter or property, to learn that health is, first and foremost, an individual, inner experience…

Come, let’s invest in our dreams of a world renewed, trusting that a new era is now supporting our longing. “It is our duty – as men and women – to behave as though limits to our ability do not exist. We are collaborators in the creation of the universe,” said French philosopoher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. And we should never forget that we are here to trust and realize our dreams. There’s no more fundamental change.

--Excerpts from the article, The Revenge of the Spirit in The Intelligent Optimist magazine (formerly Ode) January/February 2013 edition
by Jurriaan Kamp, editor-in-chief

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