Thursday, September 3, 2009

Quote of the Week 105 - Folly Absurdity and Wisdom

Before we get to this week’s quote, I wanted to share with you the following from the Reb Zalman Legacy Project. This is a wonderful little video of a dialogue between two beautiful spiritual teachers who have enriched our lives, whether we know it or not:

“For those who have not had the opportunity to see the wonderful documentary by Edis Jurcys and Cathy Zheutlin, The Kiss of God: A Dialogue of Devoutness Between father Thomas Keating and Rabbi Zalman Schacter-Shalomi, you can now view it for free on JTN (Jewish Television Network) on-line. Just go to: and search “Zalman” and “The Kiss of God” will come up in the search results. Simply select it and watch.”

And now for the Quote of the Week:

There is an excellence or profit to wisdom from folly itself, for if there were no folly, wisdom and its words would not be recognized.

--Zohar, Vol. C, folio 47b, Soncino translation

There is no better handle on wisdom than absurdity; and if not for the absurd, wisdom would remain obscured.

--same as above, translated by Rabbi Gershon Winkler

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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

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