Torah-Veda

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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.


Quote of the Week 408 - Happening: The Will of a Good and Loving God?

Quote of the Week 408 - Happening: The Will of a Good and Loving God?


Question: I believe everything that happens is God’s will. My problem is reconciling a good and loving God with all the horrible things that happen. Can you help me make sense of this?


Answer: Yes: Stop insisting God is good and loving. I too believe that everything that happens is God’s will, but I don’t believe that God is good or loving or that God wills freely. God is Reality, the Happening happening as all happening. God’s will is that everything happens because the conditions for it happening are such that it must happen. God’s will doesn’t make things happen, God’s will is what happens. When you know that all happening is God and God’s will, you are free from the distraction, “Why did God will this to happen,” and free for engaging with what happened. When a tragedy happens, don’t ask, “Why?” ask, “What can I do to alleviate the suffering happening with this tragedy?”


--Rabbi Rami Shapiro, from his column, “Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler” in Spirituality & Health magazine, January/February 2020

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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Quote of the Week 408 - Happening: The Will of a Good and Loving God?


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Quote of the Week 408 - Happening: The Will of a Good and Loving God?

Question: I believe everything that happens is God’s will. My problem is reconciling a good and loving God with all the horrible things that happen. Can you help me make sense of this?

Answer: Yes: Stop insisting God is good and loving. I too believe that everything that happens is God’s will, but I don’t believe that God is good or loving or that God wills freely. God is Reality, the Happening happening as all happening. God’s will is that everything happens because the conditions for it happening are such that it must happen. God’s will doesn’t make things happen, God’s will is what happens. When you know that all happening is God and God’s will, you are free from the distraction, “Why did God will this to happen,” and free for engaging with what happened. When a tragedy happens, don’t ask, “Why?” ask, “What can I do to alleviate the suffering happening with this tragedy?”

--Rabbi Rami Shapiro, from his column, “Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler” in Spirituality & Health magazine, January/February 2020


Friday, December 20, 2019

Quote of the Week 407 - God is Simple. Everything else is Complex.


Quote of the Week 407 - God is Simple. Everything else is Complex.

God is simple. Everything else is complex. Do not seek absolute values in the relative world of nature.

Good and evil is the challenging riddle which life places sphinxlike before every intelligence. Attempting no solution, most men pay forfeit with their lives, penalty now even as in the days of Thebes. Here and there, a towering lonely figure never cries defeat. From the maya of duality he plucks the cleaveless truth of unity.

I have long exercised an honest introspection, the exquisitely painful approach to wisdom. Self-scrutiny, relentless observance of one’s thoughts, is a stark and shattering experience. It pulverizes the stoutest ego. But true self-analysis mathematically operates to produce seers. The way of ‘self-expression,’ individual acknowledgments, results in egotists, sure of the right to their private interpretations of God and the universe.

Man can understand no eternal verity until he has freed himself from pretensions. The human mind, bared to a centuried slime, is teeming with repulsive life of countless world-delusions. Struggles of the battlefields pale into insignificance here, when man first contends with inward enemies! No mortal foes these, to be overcome by harrowing array of might! Ominipresent, unresting, pursuing man even in sleep, subtly equipped with a miasmic weapon, these soldiers of ignorant lusts seek to slay us all. Thoughtless is the man who buries his ideals, surrendering to the common fate. Can he seem other than impotent, wooden ignominious?

To love both the invisible God, Repository of All Virtues, and visible man, apparently possessed of none, is often baffling! But ingenuity is equal to the maze. Inner research soon exposes a unity in all human minds – the stalwart kinship of selfish motive. In one sense at least, the brotherhood of man stands revealed. An aghast humility follows this leveling discovery. It ripens into compassion for one’s fellows who are blind to the healing potencies of the soul awaiting exploration.

Only the shallow man loses responsiveness to the woes of others’ lives, as he sinks into narrow suffering of his own. The one who practices a scalpel self-dissection will know an expansion of universal pity. Release is given him from the deafening demands of his ego. The love of God flowers on such soil. The creature finally turns to his Creator, if for no other reason than to ask in anguish: “Why, Lord, why?” By ignoble whips of pain, man is driven at last into the Infinite Presence, whose beauty alone should lure him.

--an unnamed wandering sadhu, as quoted by Paramhansa Yogananda in Autobiography of a Yogi

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Quote of the Week 406 - A Musician's Devotion to His Instrument


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Quote of the Week 406 - A Musician’s Devotion to His Instrument
Piper, sell your pipes, buy your wife a gown…
Piper, sell your pipes, buy your wife a gown…
Piper, sell your pipes, buy your wife a gown…
I wouldn’t sell my pipes for all with wives in town…
--from a rendition of a traditional Irish song, “Cucanandy” by The Gloaming