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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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

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