Sunday Service: My God Moment

My God Moment

Week of March 29 – April 4, 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,


This Week’s Spiritual Talk

My God MomentPeter in Vrindavan

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? Neither of us quite knew. Was I supposed to act differently or perform a miracle? What if I said something spiritually stupid, or acted selfish? What if I could not complete the walk?

My friend and I were in Vrindavan, India, at Govardhan. We were about an hour into a 14 mile barefoot walk around a large hill supposedly lifted by the god Krishna when he was a child. It was a popular pilgrimage destination, and others also were walking the route, some barefoot and others with shoes. A few had rickshaws carrying them through the fields and towns that composed the circular journey.

My feet already were sore, and I could feel a blister forming on the heel of my right foot. A hobbling Krishna incarnation would not do, and I did not want to disappoint my friend. His question was earnest. So was my answer. But I knew he was reading into my words more than I intended.

I am Krishna. But I’m also Peter. So too am I my mother, my brother, my ex-girlfriend, the monks at the Ramakrishna Mission, and my friend asking the question. I’m everything because there’s really only one substance in the universe when we break it down on a sub-atomic level. Call it God, love, energy, whatever.


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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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