Sunday Service: Beyond Selflessness


Week of Oct 4 – 10, 2015

American Vedanta’s 2016 tour gets under way in November, when we take the show on the road to Ohio, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, and many other places still to be announced.

If you don’t live in New York, which is the home base for American Vedanta, our annual tour is a great way to connect with us on a deeper level. So check out our tour schedule and contact us if you are in one of the cities we’ll be visiting!

Peter Kowalke


BentinhoThis Week’s Spiritual Talk

Moving Beyond Selflessness

By Peter Kowalke (not the guy in the photo to the left, who is Bentinho Massaro)

In Buddhism they call it no-self, in Vedanta they call it finding your divinity within. Whether you say the glass is half full or half empty, however, the basic idea is the same: What we call the “self” is not the full picture.

We usually think of ourselves dualistically—there’s an “us” and a “them,” a Peter and a Paul. But this is not the full story according to many of history’s best scientists, thinkers and mystics. While our outward-facing senses show difference, show us the duality of a Peter and a Paul who are separate beings, on a deeper level there is only one. There’s no actual duality, just the impression that there’s duality. We look at our left hand, and we think it is different from our right hand. But both hands are part of the same body.

This understanding has practical and far-reaching implications for every area of our life. Take selflessness, for instance.

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Video of the Week

Why Search for Oneself?

Revered Swami Atmarupanandaji is a renowned Monk and scholar of Ramakrishna Math, and gives this talk about finding ones’s true self. He joined the monastic Order in 1969 and has spent years in India, and later at the Vedanta Society at Hollywood in USA, engaged in monastic, scholarly and spiritual training.

Finding lasting happiness. Applying the Bhagavad Gita to daily life. Learning about the history of Vedanta in the U.S. These are some of the topics covered at American Vedanta’s YouTube channel. We curate a list of spiritual videos that will help advance your spirituality and expand your mind. When wanting spiritual videos, give our YouTube channel a look.

We also recommend other resources such as Booksaudio lectures and web sites, among other resources.


Spiritual Fitness

Do You have a Spiritual Routine?

Vedanta, if not practical, has no other relevancy. The key to practical Vedanta is an individualized spiritual routine.

There are six components of a good spiritual routine.

Swan1. Find a Community. If you have an existing church, temple or mosque, attend regularly. If not, join our Facebook group and see our list of recommended spiritual organizations.

2. Seek Guidance. Find a mentor within your existing spiritual community or contact us for a referral.

3. Attend Spiritual Services Regularly. If you don’t live near an appropriate spiritual community, we offer a weekly spiritual talk delivered by email, Facebook and Twitter. We also host a regular Vedanta Dinner for those who live in the New York City area.

4. Incorporate Individual Study. We keep a list of books and resources for your individual study needs.

5. Take Responsibility for Your Spiritual Life. Read our talk about listening to your own inner compass and contact us when you have a question that your spiritual community isn’t answering adequately.

6. Leverage Rituals Thoughtfully. As an example, read our essay about the power of saying grace.

Our longer talk about spiritual routine can be found here.

Happy Sunday! Peace be unto you. Peace be unto all.

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