Sunday Service: Our Essential Self

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Week of Dec 21 – 27, 2014

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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SandcastlesThis Week’s Spiritual Talk

Our Changeless Essence

By Peter Kowalke

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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American Vedanta on YouTube

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.

We also recommend other resources such as Booksaudio 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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