Torah-Veda

An Interspiritual Journey
Find Your Inspiration and Follow It

WELCOME TO TORAH-VEDA

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 394 - The Battle

Quote of the Week 394 - The Battle


Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.



--Anonymous

CURRENT TEACHING SESSIONS

Introduction to Jewish Mysticism (with a Vedic Twist).

This series will approach Jewish mysticism from an experiential, meditative approach, employing meditative processes and spiritual teachings from both Eastern and Western traditions.


Dates (all dates are Saturdays):

February 9, 2019, Session One.

March 9, 2019, Session Two.

April 27, 2019, Session Three.

May 18, 2019, Session Four.

June 15, 2019, Early Summer Solstice Tish-Satsang (you ask why?… because our son’s wedding, on the Summer Solstice, is the following Saturday)


Time: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, Sessions One and Two; 10:30 to 1:30, Sessions Three and Four and Summer Solstice Tish-Satsang


Place: Home of Steve and Elaine Gold: 3562 Castlehill Ct., Tucker, GA 30084


Attendance limited to 14, first-come, first-served, so please RSVP if interested.


Suggested donation: $10.00 per session (no-one turned away for lack of ability to pay)


Note: There is no need to commit to attending the entire series. Each session can be regarded as “stand alone” units, although there is a certain cumulative benefit to attend as many sessions as possible. So please come when you can, and don’t think you are precluded from other sessions if you miss any.


Session 1: The Rod, The Staff, and the Star

Three archetypal symbols will be explored as a jumping off point: the “Jewish” star, and the rod and staff of the psalmist.


Session 2: I Am an Empty Shell, Therefore I Am Full; A Guided Meditation on Emptiness and Dark Luminescence, Based on the Opening Lines of Genesis

The origins of non-dual Judaism, with a Zen twist.


Session 3: Further Explorations of Genesis: Manifestation and Creation, East and West

World Without End, Eternity, Infinity, Time, Space, Manifestation, Creation.

The Yod/Bindu point and the big bang/bang bang. Correlations between Western spiritual traditions rooted in Hebrew Spirituality, which tend to focus on a dualistic notion distinguishing a Creator and Creation; and Eastern spiritual traditions rooted in Sanatan Dharma, which tend to focus on an illusory/partial reality Manifestation arising from, but ultimately not distinct from, a unified substratum/full reality. Perhaps in the mystical aspects to these traditions, these distinctions begin to blur. And perhaps conceptions/accounts of Creation/Manifestation are not just descriptions of the workings of the external universe, but also of the internal universe that exists within each of us.


Session 4: The Layers of the Soul According to the Traditions of Veda and Torah

What is the soul? What are its component parts? How can we better get in touch with it to improve our development on all levels? Two of the world’s most ancient traditions (Veda, which is the foundation for the religions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism; and Torah, which is the foundation for Judaism, Christianity and Islam) share similar answers to these questions, using different terminology, but the same concepts. This session will be a theoretical and experiential exploration of the layers/garment/veils of the soul. (Soul in the narrow sense is the core essence beyond the layers. Soul in the broad sense is everything we are except for the physical body.)


About the Instructor: Steven J. Gold, BA Antioch College, Philosophy and Religion; JD Emory Law School, is the founder/director of the cyberspace center, Torah-Veda and the author of Yoga and Judaism, Explorations of a Jewish Yogi (2007), Ivri: The Essence of Hebrew Spirituality (2010), Torah Portion Summaries; With Insights from the Perspective of a Jewish Yogi (2010), Basic Spiritual Principles (2011), Dimensions: Navigating the Spiritual Spectrum (2018) and others; and contributor and editor of a poetry collection, Breaking the Silence: Poems of Spiritual Luminescence (2018). He has been an initiate, student, practitioner and teacher in a Himalayan meditation tradition for over 40 years and a student of Kabala and Hebrew Spirituality for over 20 years. In addition to his ongoing avocation as a meditation teacher, he was a practicing attorney in the Atlanta, GA area for many years, and transitioned into his current vocation of providing professional mediation services.



Announcing Publication of New Book, DIMENSIONS: Navigation the Spiritual Spectrum


I am pleased to announce the publication of my new book, DIMENSIONS: Navigating the Spiritual Spectrum, now available at Amazon, in paperback print and Kindle versions. It is easily found by searching my name, or by searching the full title and subtitle. You can also click on the image of the book in the right hand column of this blog.


What a great way to start the New Year, cozying up to a fire, real or imagined, and reading a new spiritually inspiring book, sure to become a classic!


DIMENSIONS: Navigating the Spiritual Spectrum

Grounded in the traditions of Torah and Veda, Steven J. Gold takes us on an oceanic tour of the depth and breadth of spiritual consciousness. Sharing personal stories and insights into various traditional scriptures as examples, he urges us to adopt a spiritual worldview, to “ponder infinity, awake and arise,” to “find your inspiration and follow it.”


“The chapters…are records of what happens when Steve’s right mind, and heart, are given full freedom to wander where they wish. As discoveries and correlations are made, his well-trained left mind and sharp wit give his observations shape and form…” – Brother Shankara, Resident Minister, Vedanta Center of Atlanta


“Universal Ice Cream: Dive deep into Steve’s wonderful book to help find your favorite flavor on the Spiritual Spectrum.” – Rabbi Mitch Cohen, Spiritual Leader, Congregation Shalom B’Harim, Dahlonega, GA

“Steven J. Gold’s Dimensions is an exploration of spirituality from the inside out. If you are looking for a guide through the pathless land of truth, read this book.” – Rabbi Rami Shapiro, author of The World Wisdom Bible



Interfaith/Inter-Spiritual Contemplative Groups

Please check out the following, which is an ongoing activity that may be of interest:


http://www.interfaithci.org/contemplative.html


Or


http://www.neshamainterfaithcenter.org/specialevents/#contemplation










Sunday, February 17, 2019

Quote of the Week 394 - The Battle


Quote of the Week 394 - The Battle

Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

--Anonymous

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Quote of the Week 393 - The Meaning of "Adonai Hineni"


Quote of the Week 393 - The Meaning of “Adonai Hineni”

To love each other in the name of God! Now, here is the greatest challenge of all, for who is loving whom? Are we really separate from each other, or are we just exemplars of the unity of God? The mind can conjure up all sorts of splendid ideas, but it is only the heart that can truly understand. We are asked to polish the mirror of the heart. We do this by knocking at the door of the heart, remembering that the door is opened up from the inside. We ourselves cannot open it. So who opens it? Only when we can say, “It is Thou [Adonai],” in answer to his question, “Who is knocking at my door?” that the door can be opened. [Only when we can say, “Hineni/I am here at your service,” in answer to his question, “Where are you/Who is there?” that the door can be opened].

Only in complete humility can we approach the door of the heart. We approach the door of the heart when there is nothing else to do. When we knock properly, it shall be opened unto us. That is the promise that we were given, and are given, from the beginning of time. We are veiled by endless masquerades, until the right time comes for the veils to be lifted, and we can see him face to face, and truly say, “Oh Thou!”

--Adapted by Steven J. Gold from Steps to Freedom by Reshad Feild, with editorial notes in [brackets]


Sunday, January 20, 2019

Quote of the Week 392 - The Approach to Spiritual Practice


Quote of the Week 392 - The Approach to Spiritual Practice

We do not do our practices in order to come to realize God, but rather we accept the Unity of God first and then everything follows from that.

--from The Last Barrier; A Journey Through the World of Sufi Teaching, by Reshad Feild