Sunday Service: Curing Bad Luck

Week of March 8 – 14, 2015

This week we bring you a spiritual talk from our archives. We’ve published or reprinted so many spiritual talks over the years, sometimes it is good to go back and reprint some of the earlier work; this site is too deep to fully explore, so many gems can get lost or overlooked.

It is worth noting that we also have pages devoted to faiths other than Vedanta that highlight spiritual talks we have delivered in the context of those faiths. These pages include Christianity, Buddhism and Islam right now. All of our talks are in the context of Vedantic truth, of course, but these pages help bridge the gap between religions and share truth that otherwise go unnoticed in the Vedanta tradition.

So here you go.

Enjoy, and happy Sunday! Peace be unto you. Peace be unto all.

Yours in service,
Peter

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This Week’s Spiritual Talk

Curing Bad LuckBad luck

By Meister Eckhart

It must be understood we are never out of God’s favor, but the mind is sometimes lacking in perception and is very apt to imagine that God has passed it by.

Then what is to be done? Exactly the same as you would do if you were in the greatest comfort. Learn not to vary in the depths of woe but to behave in every way the same. Man’s best chance of finding God is to look in the place where he left him. As it was with you when you last had him, let it be now while you have lost him—then you shall find him.

Goodwill never loses, never misses God at any time.

People often say, “We have goodwill.” Theirs is not God’s will, though; they want to have their own way and dictate to God to do so and so. That is not goodwill. We must find out from God what his will is.

Broadly speaking, what God wills is that we should give up willing. Saint Paul’s friendly conversation with our Lord, who spoke freely with him, availed him nothing till he surrendered his own will and said, “Lord, what wilt thou that I do?” Our Lord well knew what he had to do.

So, too, when the angel appeared before our Virgin Mary. Nothing she had so far done or said would ever have made her the Mother of God, but the moment she gave up her will, she became the true mother of the eternal God’s Word: suddenly she conceived God. He was her natural son.

There is no making of a proper man without surrender of the will. In fact, unless we give up our will without reserve, we cannot work with God at all.

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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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