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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.



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










Thursday, April 30, 2009

Quote of the Week 89 - Israelity.com

Another complication to the situation is that it might not be so straightforward that yoga’s Hindu chants to more than one god represent idolatry. Many other theologians have posited that since they all essentially represent manifestations of the one primary godhead, Brahman, the additional Hindu gods can be seen as analogous to Jewish mysticism’s concept of the sephirot, the kabalistic manifestations of the Jewish God’s various components of holiness.

--From Israelity.com blog, 04/23/09

Note: I continue to make inroads on the international scene! The phrase “other theologians” in the above quote links to my amazon.com book page! Also, I was recently contacted by a writer for the English version of Haaretz, a leading Israeli newspaper, who was researching yoga and Judaism due to a yoga studio opening in Jerusalem. He quoted me in his article, and the article was picked up by another Israeli web site called Vos Is Neias. You can find the Haaretz article at www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1074339.html under the title “Kosher-style yoga” which was published on 04/03/09 and the Vos Iz Neias article at www.vosizneias.com, under the title “Jerusalem – Kosher-Style Yoga for Observant Jews Kept Very Pareve” which was published on 03/26/09.

I have also been contacted by a freelance writer for The Forward, who is conducting research for a potential article on yoga and Judaism.

The beat goes on.

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