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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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Quote of the Week 52 - The Sacred Walk

“There is one more component to the Sacred Walk. It has to do with surrendering. We stand at every moment at the crossroads of life’s greatest challenge: the unknown. We are too often afraid of surrendering to the unknown, to the uncertain. We are inclined more toward evading it than surrendering to it. This is the underlying basis for our fear of death. Death is the ultimate act of surrender to the ultimate unknown.

“The second-century Rabbi Shim’on bar Yochai taught that there are three sounds which never leave our earth. At first they wander from one end of the planet to the other, and then they come to rest in the soil of great canyon walls. These three sounds are: the sound of birthing, the sound of the soul leaving the body upon death and the sound of the snake shedding its skin. These three sounds never leave our sphere of existence because they are the sounds of our greatest challenge, surrender to the unknown, a challenge that is in our face each and every moment. This teaching is fundamental wisdom to walking our life journey. Because the Sacred Walk challenges you to be in that place at all times, the place of awe at this life and at your truth in this moment no matter how frightening it might be at times. That place is sacred. It is God, who is known in the ancient Hebrew also as ha’makom, literally ‘The Place,’ for God is the Place of the Universe, and in that moment you are all of what this universe is all about: Presence.

--from Magic of the Ordinary, by Gershon Winkler

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