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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.




Please check out the following, which is an ongoing activity that may be of interest:


www.meetup.com/Interspiritual-Contemplative-Group










Sunday, October 5, 2014

A Yom Kippur Inspiration About This World and Our Place In It


A Yom Kippur Inspiration About This World and Our Place In It

I took a morning walk this past Yom Kippur. I take a morning walk every day, but there was something special in the air this particular Yom Kippur morning. The day before, a storm had blown through in the early morning hours, dumping a good bit of rain before moving on around 11 AM. Clearing and sunshine rapidly replaced the grey skies of the storm, but a sharp decrease in temperature heralded in a reminder that Fall had arrived. On Yom Kippur morning, although the temperature remained the coolest since last winter, the skies were still blue and sunny, with widely scattered white clouds. A strong wind once again stirred, and the clouds were whisking across the sky at an unusually rapid pace. It was in this setting that I was taking my morning walk, and the following thoughts began to formulate in my mind, spurred on by a recent video I had seen depicting the activity of our solar system and galaxy as they course through the cosmos.

This world, this universe, this cosmos in which we find ourselves is an extremely complicated mechanism. Collectively, we have spent many lifetimes through the various disciplines of the arts, humanities and sciences exploring and examining this mechanism in attempts to better understand it, ourselves, our place in it, and to use it as a medium through which to express ourselves. These efforts, these expressions, are best served if we connect with the source, the foundation, the essence of it all, from which it all has arisen and continues to arise in constant process. There is a unifying source which is great, awesome, mysterious and simple. It can be accessed, and such access provides us with the broadest and best perspective from which to conduct our lives. To question or doubt our ability to access this source would be akin to questioning/doubting the ability of a fish to access the water in which it swims. We are all immersed in it, totally dependent upon it, and interdependently connected through it. Our explorations sometimes get us confused in the morass of the overwhelming detail and complexity of this mechanism through which we function. That is why it is important to establish, remember and retain contact with the perspective provided by connecting with the simplicity of the origin, of the essence. This perspective of simplicity is a great salve for our confusion. It is important, and even necessary, to conduct our explorations and engage in our expressions through the various avenues we have created. We possess an inherent impulse to do so; it is what supplies us with inspiration, meaning and purpose. Musicians, artists, poets, philosophers, scientists, mystics and people in all walks of life engage and express in a manner unique to their chosen path or field of endeavor. There is no end to such activity. However, it is equally important to establish and maintain connection with our essence, the origin of our activity. It provides us with stability, like an internal gyroscope, lest we wobble, spin out of control and become lost. This is the crux to finding ourselves and establishing the ability to lead productive, fulfilling, enjoyable and joyous lives.

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