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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.

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Quote of the Week 37 - Wind, Water, Stone

Wind, Water, Stone
BY OCTAVIO PAZ

Water hollows stone,
wind scatters water,
stone stops the wind.
Water, wind, stone.

Wind carves stone,
stone's a cup of water,
water escapes and is wind.
Stone, wind, water.

Wind sings in its whirling,
water murmurs going by,
unmoving stone keeps still.
Wind, water, stone.

Each is another and no other:
crossing and vanishing
through their empty names:
water, stone, wind.

CURRENT TEACHING SESSIONS

I will be making a presentation at the Atlanta Southeast Limmud this Labor Day weekend, with the following title:

Job’s Second Daughters and the Kabbalah of the Unicorn.

There has been much existential hand-wringing discussion over the centuries about the Book of Job. However, there has been little focus on the significance of the concluding verses and his second set of daughters. Come explore these interesting passages and the mystical significance of how one daughter’s name relates to a single-horned creature, sometimes associated with a unicorn.




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


www.meetup.com/Interspiritual-Contemplative-Group










Saturday, September 20, 2008

International Medical Corps

Please check out the following web sites: http://internationalmedicalcorps.smnr.us and http://imcworldwide.org

The focus of this blog is on the more contemplative, psychological and philosophical aspects to spiritual development, and not particularly on social causes or activism. That is not to say that spiritual pursuits are inconsistent with social activism, as inner spiritual development should work hand-in-hand with engaging in meaningful external activity. It is only that this blog chooses to narrow its focus on the more internal aspects to human development, and it leaves it up to each individual as to how to integrate their inner spiritual development into engagement in external activities. There is a multitude of worthwhile social and charitable activities and causes which one can support in a variety of avenues available and seeking our assistance, so much so that it can be confusing to sort through them all and decide what choices of support should be made. However, once in a while, when I am contacted by someone representing a social cause that appears to have particular merit to assist in spreading their word, I may choose to lend some assistance. I have been contacted by an organization called International Medical Corps and have reviewed their web sites. They have asked for me to help spread the word about their mission, and I have agreed to do so. I cannot vouch for them, as I know nothing more about them then what I have read on their sites. I will leave it for everyone to come to their own conclusions, and to please notify me if something amiss is discovered about this organization. In the meantime, in response to their request, I ask you to check out their web sites: http://internationalmedicalcorps.smnr.us and http://imcworldwide.org

2 comments:

chessiakelley said...

Steve, thank you so much for mentioning International Medical Corps. With your help and that of everyone else, IMC has made the top five of the AMEX give away. now vote tallies reset to zero and we have until Oct. 14th when the winner is announced to vote again. With one click you can help bring millions of children closer to healthy nutrition. If you are able to vote again, or ever alert your readers to the second stage of hte competition, it would be amazing. . I will be making a new social media news release with banners, widgets, etc and will be reaching out to everyone again later this week. Thanks again!
vote here

Steve Gold said...

I am posting the self-explanatory text of an email I recently received:

Hello,

My name is Crystal Wells and I am the communications officer at International Medical Corps. You were contacted last month by Chessia Kelley about our project, 'Saving the Lives of Malnourished Children,' in the American Express Members Project. We really appreciate your support on your blog for this project. With your help, we were able to win $100,000 for malnourished kids around the world - thank you.

I am writing because there is another crisis unfolding in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where fighting between rebel troops and government forces threaten the health of millions of people. An estimated 200,000 have already fled due to the fighting, many of whom are sick, injured, and in desperate need of food, shelter, and medical care. In North Kivu province, where most of the fighting has taken place, we run primary health and nutrition clinics that serve more than 300,000 people. Our staff has also been delivering emergency food and health care to the displaced, but the need is so great.

Please help us spread the word about the tragic events in eastern Congo. We ask you to write about this on your blog, share the news the news with your readers and urge them to support our relief efforts.

We have put together a social media news release on the crisis in the Congo with more information, videos, widgets, and banners. To view, please click here: http://imcworldwide.org/microsites/smnr/smnr_congo.html

Here is a photo gallery of the conflict from the Washington Post:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/gallery/2008/10/30/GA2008103002477.html

Here are some links to recent articles on the conflict:

· From NYTimes: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/10/world/africa/10congo.html

· From AP: http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/world/AP-AF-Congo-Fighting.html

· From Reuters: http://africa.reuters.com/top/news/usnJOE4A701R.html

We sincerely appreciate your continued support. If you have any questions at all, I can be reached at (310) 826.7800.

Thank you again,

Crystal A. Wells



Communications Officer



International Medical Corps

1919 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 400

Santa Monica, CA 90404

(310) 826.7800




Learn more about our work and find out how you can help at http://www.imcworldwide.org.