Saturday, May 14, 2011

Quotes of the Week 176 - Relgious/Spiritual

Question: I’m not really religious, but I am spiritual, which some friends find odd. Do I have to be religious in order to be spiritual?

Answer: Not at all. Being religious means belonging to a specific faith and conforming to its teachings and practices. Being spiritual means living your life in a manner that cultivates universal justice, gratitude, and compassion. Being religious and being spiritual are not mutually exclusive, and there are religions that promote both. Unfortunately, there are also religions that promote an “us versus them” attitude that limits justice, gratitude, and compassion to the in-group only. Celebrate the former; beware the latter.

Question: A lot of my friends are leaving our church for a more liberal one. Our pastor says they are putting their souls in jeopardy. Why are they willing to risk eternity in hell?

Answer: I suspect your friends are no longer motivated by fear and are looking for a church rooted in love. When a church threatens people who leave, it is not a church but a cult. The question isn’t why your friends are leaving, but why are you staying?

--Rabbi Rami Shapiro, from Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler, in Spirituality & Health Magazine, May/June 2011 edition

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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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