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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 378 - Core Teaching of Buddhism


The core teaching of Buddhism is to help people become less self-centered and learn how to give love to others.


--Lama Surya Dass, as quoted in Spirituality and Health magazine, September/October 2017 issue

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










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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