Sunday Service: You Are Not Your Body or Your Mind

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Week of Sept 13 – 19, 2015

This week the Vedanta Societies in New York and much of the U.S. start up again; many Vedanta Societies take the summer off, due to the fact that there are only a few monks to staff each center and they need some time off, and because many of the devotees who attend are away on summer holidays. But now that it is fall, services start up again.

You can discover American Vedanta’s involvement in New York Vedanta events by looking at our New York event calendar.

American Vedanta services run year-round, however, partially as a service to those who want regular services year-round, and also for those who do not live near to a Vedanta community.

If you haven’t done so already, I encourage you to join the American Vedanta mailing list so you are reminded each week to focus on your spirituality. You also might be interested in our Facebook group.

This week we bring you a talk from our sister organization in Bangkok, the Ramakrishna Vedanta Association of Thailand. Enjoy.

Yours,
Peter Kowalke

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DistressThis Week’s Spiritual Talk

Practicing Vedanta, Part 1: You Are Not Your Body or Your Mind

By Bindu Anand

If I were to ask what you want most, I guarantee that you would have this answer: You want happiness.

Happiness may translate into different things depending on your likes, dislikes and situation in life. It could mean wanting a new car, traveling, having children, having good health, etc. These can change every minute of the day potentially.

For instance, let’s say you’ve wanted a very expensive car for years, and after much saving you’re able to buy it. At that moment, perhaps even for a couple of days, you will experience joy and satisfaction. You’ll think this is the result of buying the car.

But what happens? Soon that joy from the car has disappeared, and now you want a new house.

This cycle goes on endlessly, with us jumping from one want to another. Pretty much your entire life is spent running after this elusive joy that you think you may get from something or someone outside of you. You keep accumulating things—cars, houses— but that yearning, that sense of lacking something, remains.

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Video of the Week

Vedantic Humanism

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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