Thursday, March 27, 2008

Quote of the Week 41 - Kundalini Vidya

“In the monist philosophy of Advaita Vedanta, the grand illusion of duality is called Maya. According to this view of monism, there is only One, yet there seem to be many, and they appear to be separate. This is due to the nature of Maya, which creates the illusion of duality by concealing and projecting. All the while, she remains inseparable from the One. Yet she seems to be other than the Absolute Reality in her guise as its manifestation, the apparent reality. Thus comes the need for reunion with the One, with whom she is always inextricably linked and who indeed she is. This is the odd and difficult predicament of human life: our unity with the One is fact, yet we do not know it, and so we struggle to attain it. Therefore, the idea of separation must be broken, and that is the task of the divine within, who is our guide to the One. At the same time, it is the very phenomena of her manifestations that cause all the myriad confusions and distractions that block the undiscerning. This is the divine lila, the play of the universe.”
“In the individual person, the goal of spiritual striving is to be aware of and realize oneness with the inner spark of Pure Consciousness within, called Atman. The means for doing this is the living divine power that emanates from the One, which is called Devatma Shakti or Kundalini Shakti [‘Shechinah’ in Jewish mysticism]. She is the sacred omnipotent presence, the divine within, the Holy Spirit dwelling in the inner sanctuary of every human being.”
From Kundalini Vidya, The Science of Spiritual Transformation, A Comprehensive System for Understanding and Guiding Spiritual Development by Joan Shivarpita Harrigan

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Quote of the Week 381 - Heaven

Heaven is all round,

Translated to sound.

--Michael Hedges



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

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