Sunday Service: Our Changeless Essence

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Week of Jan 12 – 18, 2014

Our Changeless Essence

by Peter Kowalke

I was recently asked:

Does the permanent Self ever get influenced by the impermanent self? We are growing every day. These experiences are bound to create some change in our perception, views, belief and our so-called permanent self.

The Upanishads and the great Eighth Century Advaita scholar, Shankaracharya, have tackled this question at length. The conclusion reached, the truth of the matter that will bring enlightenment if we only truly realized it, is that our permanent self cannot be touched by our impermanent self. By definition, something is permanent only if it cannot be changed. So if our permanent Self can be altered at all, it is not permanent.

This same logic helps establish God and our relationship within God. Something cannot come from nothing, which implies there’s something permanent that is beyond creation. Otherwise, who created it; we’ve already established that something can’t come from nothing, so the first creator has to be permanent or we’ll get stuck in a chicken-and-egg dilemma. We call this first creator “God.”

But wait, now we’re getting to the interesting part…

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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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