Sunday Service: Moving Beyond Selflessness

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Week of Dec 29, 2013 – Jan 4, 2014

Moving Beyond Selflessness

by Peter Kowalke

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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Jnana-YogaBook of the Month

Jnana-Yoga

by Swami Vivekananda

Jnana-Yoga, the Path of Knowledge, describes the essence of Vedanta philosophy – the wisdom of the Vedas, Upanishads, and the Bhagavad Gita in a modern scientific manner. Jnana-Yoga, along with Swami Vivekananda’s Karma-Yoga, Bhakti-Yoga, and Raja-Yoga, are considered classics and outstanding treatises on Hindu philosophy. The Swami’s deep spiritual insight, fervid eloquence, and broad human sympathy shine forth in these works and offer inspiration to all spiritual seekers.

(download the book for free)

Other books we recommend can be found in our Books section. We also recommend audio lectures and web sites, among other resources.

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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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