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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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Quote of the Week 170 - Prophecy, Enlightenment and Dreams

One interesting practice frequently encountered in this genre of literature [referring to texts primarily on magical/practical kabala] involves induced dreams. This is usually referred to as a “Dream Request” (Shaalat Chalom), where one poses a question and attempts to induce an answer to appear in a dream. The practice itself is very ancient, alluded to even in the Talmud, and examples are found from as early as the Tenth Century. While the methods for inducing dreams are often purely magical, there are some that have important meditative overtones. This is particularly significant because of the general relationship between prophecy, enlightenment and dreams.

--Aryeh Kaplan, Meditation and Kaballah, p 157

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