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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










Monday, April 19, 2010

Quotes of the Week 133 - Wisdom, Virtue, Change or Perish

Wisdom has been defined as knowing what one ought to do. Virtue is doing it. Wisdom without virtue is a weariness of the flesh…Where thought does not go over into action, there results mental dyspepsia or moral constipation. Men of mere ideas and no legs are no more than intellectual centipedes.

The power of safe and accurate response to external conditions is the essential feature of sanity. The inability to adapt action to need is a character of insanity. “Change or perish” is the grim watchword of nature. Keep pace with the advancing times and you can survive in the struggle of life.

--Swami Rama Tirtha

[Please note: I hope you don’t mind a heavy dose of Swami Rama Tirtha for the next several weeks. I am finishing up a book of his, The Practical Vedanta of Swami Rama Tirtha, Edited by Brandt Dayton, and it is getting better the deeper I go. These are all from that book, which has been out of print for several years, so you’re not likely to easily come across this material elsewhere]

I realize that I didn’t have a quote last week, so I will make it up with two quotes this week.

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