Sunday Service: Looking at Luck Differently


Week of Sept 6 – 12, 2015

For spiritual seekers of many faiths, the former Dominican priest, Meister Eckhart, stands out. While some of his works are challenging, many others stand out as clear explanations of how to put spirituality into practice. And not just for Christians, but for people of all faiths.

One of the most popular spiritual teachers today, Eckhart Tolle, actually changed his name in homage to Meister Eckhart; the works of Eckhart were so important to Tolle, he made the name a permanent part of his daily life.

This week we bring you an essay by Meister Eckhart, one on the topic of luck and another way to see things when life seems to be heading in a bad direction.


Peter Kowalke


Saying GraceThis Week’s Spiritual Talk

Curing Bad 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.

But suppose it came about that we did give up our own will altogether and had the heart to rid ourselves of every single thing inside and out for God. Then we would have accomplished everything, and not before.

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Video of the Week

Sacred Silence in Sufism and Vedanta

Seyyed Hossein Nasr, one of the world’s leading experts on Islamic science and spirituality, and Swami Atmarupananda, Vedanta monk, will talk about compassion as being intrinsic to who we really are — the true Self, the “image of God” which is free of all alienation. And that is wisdom itself, love itself, discovered in inner silence — the still point that unites us to both God and the universe.

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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