Sunday Service: Endless Happiness

Peter Kowalke

Week of Aug 2 – 8, 2015

This summer, after returning from more than six months on the road in Asia, I’ve had the luxury of reading at night before bed. Of course, many of those books have been spiritual in nature.

You can find some of the best spiritual books I’ve been reading lately in the Books section of the American Vedanta web site. Check it out. We personally vet every book on the list, so you won’t go wrong with any of the books we recommend on that list.

If you have a book you think should be added to the list, also please let us know. We’re always on the lookout for new books that frame the universal truth and help make it more understandable and applicable to daily life.

This week we bring you a  spiritual talk about how to find happiness in every moment.


Peter Kowalke


GodThis Week’s Spiritual Talk

Where Happiness Doesn’t End

By Peter Kowalke

Suffering is part of the nature of this world, so even if you had a magic wand you would not get beyond it.

We will always find suffering when we focus on the impermanent things in this world, because everything impermanent contains both pain and pleasure. You were happy when your son was born, but you will be unhappy when your son dies. You are happy when you buy new clothes, unhappy when those clothes get stained or wear out. This birth/death relationship ensures that happiness and sadness always go together.

So we can’t find true happiness from impermanent things, which is most of what we know in this world. Most of us chase happiness, hoping we will tip the balance in favor of happiness and move beyond sadness. But the equation always balances, so even a seemingly happy life is pregnant with future sadness.

Chasing after happiness won’t help us, at least as we usually define it.

But we can find happiness and peace of mind.

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Video of the Week

Swami Sridharananda on the Yoga Sutras

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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