Sunday Service: My Miracle is Bigger Than Yours

Week of January 18 – 24, 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,
Peter

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This Week’s Spiritual Talk

My Miracle is Bigger Than YoursLevitation

By Peter Kowalke

Okay, I admit: I have mystical visions. Sometimes I see and experience things that sound a lot like the mystical experiences one reads about in the Upanishads, the Qur’an, and supernatural literature.

But I rarely talk about such experiences, and frankly I am embarrassed by them. It is not that there is anything wrong with hearing advice from dead saints when I worship, or feeling indescribable bliss when I meditate. The issue is that the significance of these experiences usually is overblown.

Because spirituality is a very nuanced game, there’s not a lot of concrete metrics we can leverage to show progress and boost our self-confidence. Spirituality is a subtle thing, which is why we alight on mystical visions and special phenomena. Such phenomena is the proof that our practices are working, that our faith is justified, that we are succeeding in spiritual life. Maybe such visions even show that we are special, that we might be poor in material goods but wealthy in spiritual juju.

None of this is true, however. Mystical visions and special phenomena do not matter.

Hazrat Azad Rasool, the Sufi saint who founded the School of Sufi Teaching in Delhi, explains this well in his book, Turning Toward the Heart. I quote him at length.

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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.

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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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