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Thinking of my son Adir who is a Conservative rabbi at Har Zion Temple in Oak Park Illinois and all my other friends who are rabbis and congregants across America.
Let us respond to the hatred and darkness by filling the world with love and light. Let us raise up the sparks wherever we find them. Let us strive to see the divinity in every human being.
Quote of the Week 387 - Silence and Solitude
Quote of the Week 387 - Silence and Solitude
[Dialogue with Ramana Maharshi; D = Devotee posing a question; M = Ramana responding to the question]
D: Is a vow of silence useful?
M: The inner Silence is self-surrender. And that is living without the sense of ego.
D: Is solitude necessary for a Sannyasin [one who takes vows of renunciation]?
M: Solitude is in the mind of a man. One might be in the thick of the world and yet maintain perfect serenity of mind; such a person is always in solitude. Another may stay in the forest, but still be unable to control his mind. He cannot be said to be in solitude. Solitude is an attitude of the mind; a man attached to the things of life cannot get solitude, wherever he may be. A detached man is always in solitude.
D: What is Mouna [This term designates a person who is practicing not speaking for a period of time as a spiritual discipline or condition; Ramana often went into this state for extended periods]?
M: That State which transcends speech and thought is Mouna; it is meditation without mental activity. Subjugation of the mind is meditation: deep meditation is eternal speech. Silence is ever-speaking; it is the perennial flow of ‘language’. It is interrupted by speaking; for words obstruct this mute ‘language’. Lecturers may entertain individuals for hours without improving them. Silence, on the other hand, is permanent and benefits the whole of humanity…By Silence, Eloquence is meant. Oral lectures are not so eloquent as Silence. Silence is unceasing Eloquence…It is the best Language. There is a state when words cease and Silence prevails.
D: How then can we communicate our thoughts to one another?
M: That becomes necessary if the sense of duality exists…
D: Why does not Bhagavan [an honorific, referring to Ramana Maharshi] go about and preach the Truth to the people at large?
M: How do you know I am not doing it? Does preaching consist in mounting a platform and haranguing the people around? Preaching is simple communication of Knowledge; it can really be done in Silence only. What do you think of a man who listens to a sermon for an hour and goes away without having been impressed by it so as to change his life? Compare him with another, who sits in a holy Presence and goes away after some time with his outlook on life totally changed. Which is the better, to preach loudly without effect or to sit silently sending out Inner Force?
Again, how does speech arise? There is abstract Knowledge, whence arises the ego, which in turn gives rise to thought, and thought of the spoken word. So the word is the great-grandson of the original Source. If the word can produce effect, judge for yourself, how much more powerful must be the Preaching through Silence! But people do not understand this simple, bare truth, the Truth of their everyday, ever-present, eternal experience. This Truth is that of the Self. Is there anyone unaware of the Self? But they do not like even to hear of this Truth, whereas they are eager to know what lies beyond, about heaven, hell and reincarnation.
--From Maharshi’s Gospel, Books I & II
Meditation (Click your selection, scroll down to view it)
- Audio Link: A Foundation for a Fruitful Meditation Practice: Science of Breath/Pranayama/Relaxation - Theory and Practice
- Meditation Basics - Expanded Version
- Meditation Basics - Condensed Version
- Mantra Meditation Basics
- Nada Meditation - Anahata/The Unstruck Sound
- Jewish Yoga Meditation
- Hebrew Mantras
- Hebrew Mantras, Part Two
- Hebrew Mantras, Part Three
- Hebrew Mantras - Adonai Hineni
- Healing Meditation: Ruach El Shaddai/Breath of Balance
- Meditating, Eating and Sleeping
- Shortcuts to Spiritual Development?
- Audio Link: Guided Meditation - I Am and Empty Shell, Therefore I Am Full; A Meditation on Emptiness and Dark Luminescence Based on the Opening Lines of Genesis
- Guided Meditation: The Stage
- Guided Meditation: I Am an Empty Shell, Therefore I Am Full; A Meditation on Emptiness and Dark Luminescence Based on the Opening Lines of Genesis
- Guided Meditation: The Rod, The Staff, and The Star
- Torah-Veda Meditation Class Site
- Interspiritual Contemplative Group