Sunday Service: Practicing the Prayer of Quiet

Prayer

Week of September 15 – 21, 2013

Last week we talked about our fall cleaning. Well, this week we’ve added a little mini-section on our relationship to the Ramakrishna Mission.

Every faith needs both a standard-bearer and a research and development arm. Guess what role American Vedanta plays?

We’ve also added pages on Sri Ramakrishna, Swami Vivekananda, Sarada Devi, the Ramakrishna Mission in general, and a wonderful essay on the role of love in monasticism by the respected monk, Swami Bhajanananda. It is all part of the mini-package.

Yours,
Peter Kowalke

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Saint Teresa of AvilaThis Week’s Spiritual Talk

Practicing the Prayer of Quiet

by St. Teresa of Avila

For minds that wander it is of great importance not only to have a right belief but to try to learn it by experience, for this is one of the very best ways of concentrating your thoughts.

You know that God is everywhere. This is a great truth, for wherever God is, there is Heaven. You can believe that in any place where our Lord resides, there is fullness of glory.

Recall that Saint Augustine tells us about his seeking God in many places and eventually finding him within himself. A soul that is often distracted needs to understand this truth, for in order to speak to its Eternal Father and to take its delight in Him, it has no need to go to Heaven or to speak in a loud voice. No matter how quietly we speak, He is so near that He will hear us. We do not need wings to search for Him. We only need to find a place where we can be alone and look upon Him present within us.

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Turning Toward the HeartBook of the Month

Turning Toward the Heart: Awakening to the Sufi Way

by Shaykh al-Tarqat Hazrat Azad Rasool

A little gem of a book that presents 40 questions and answers by a respected Sufi master. It will have you going “yes, yes, YES” even if you are unfamiliar with or antagonistic to Islam.

(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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