Sunday Service: My God Moment

Vrindaban

Week of Oct 6 – 12, 2013

This week we bring you an essay I wrote while staying in India a couple years back. It was near the beginning of my stay the the Delhi Ramakrishna Monastery, and I was on a spiritual retreat of sorts with a fellow devotee for a week around New Year’s.

To this day, that moment with my friend stands out as one of the most memorable of my trip. Read on, and you’ll see why.

The essay itself also is powerful. I hope you enjoy.

Yours,
Peter Kowalke

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WalkingThis Week’s Spiritual Talk

My God Moment

by Peter Kowalke

“Are you Krishna?”

I sat there stunned but also expecting the question. He continued.

“Seriously. Who are you?”

After a moment, I gave my friend an equivocating non-answer. Then, realizing that I was not giving an answer, I said yes. Yes, I was a Krishna incarnation.

This exchange sounded remarkably similar to a conversation Sarada Devi once had with a devotee. In the midst of their work, a devotee asked Sarada if she really was Sarada. After a pause, Sarada admitted that she actually was the goddess Kali. Both my friend and I knew this story, which added extra weight to our conversation.

We just sat there after my answer, taking in its full weight. What now?

(read more)

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The Way of ZenBook of the Month

The Way of Zen

by Alan Watts

Watts takes the reader back to the philosophical foundations of Zen in the conceptual world of Hinduism, follows Buddhism’s course through the development of the early Mahayana school, the birth of Zen from Buddhism’s marriage with Chinese Taoism, and on to Zen’s unique expression in Japanese art and life.

Many popular books have been written on Zen since Watts’ time, but few have been able to muster the rare combination of erudition and clarity that have kept The Way of Zen in readers’ hands decade after decade.

(more about the book)

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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