Sunday Service: The Path to Lasting Love

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Week of Feb 9 – 15, 2014

This being the week of Valentine’s Day, many people are thinking about love. There are many questions.

What is love? How do I find it? How do I keep it? Will it last forever?

I have been blessed with lots of love, but not necessarily because I’ve been lucky. The reason there has been so much love in my life is mostly because I know what to focus upon and what to ignore.

We typically focus on the wrong things, such as how the other person looks, how successful they are, what they own, and how they treat us. But none of that is lasting, and none of that touches the real them, the part that we can actually love–the part that is irresistible to love.

When we find that deeper part of the person, we find love and the answers to all our questions about love.

Yours,
Peter Kowalke

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Love the ocean not the waveThis Week’s Spiritual Talk

Does Love Ever Die?

by Peter Kowalke

Q: You repeatedly stress that real love is everlasting; it cannot go away. But how do you know that it will last forever?

Crushes do not last. False understandings do not last. This body does not last. These are impermanent things. But God is permanent, and we are God if we know how to look beyond the impermanence.

We are like waves in the ocean. Our Godly real self is like the ocean, and what we usually consider as our self is just a wave in that ocean. The wave is created, and the wave will be destroyed. So too is our body and mind created and destroyed. The wave is just giving temporary form to the ocean. Likewise, our body and mind is just giving a temporary form for our permanent, changeless Godliness. …

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peace is every stepBook of the Month

Peace is Every Step

by Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh’s writing is deceptive in its subtlety. He’ll go on and on with stories about tree-hugging or metaphors involving raw potatoes; he’ll tell you how to eat mindfully, even how to breathe and walk; he’ll suggest looking closely at a flower and to see the sun as your heart. Yet, sooner or later it begins to sink in that Nhat Hanh is conveying a depth of psychology and a world outlook that require nothing less than a complete paradigm shift. Through his cute stories and compassionate admonitions, he gradually builds up to his philosophy of interbeing, the notion that none of us is separate.

(Learn 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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