Sunday Service: The Story of Pickle

Pickle

Week of August 25 – 31, 2013

After a long spring break where Peter was visiting monasteries and speaking in Asia, American Vedanta is restarting its weekly spiritual services.

First of all, this means our New York service is starting again. We’ll be hosting a monthly Vedanta dinner starting with our first event on Sunday, September 1 at 6pm. Anyone in the Tri-State area who is interested in attending this kickoff event should RSVP or contact us for details. As always, the dinner and spiritual talk is free.

We’re also looking for spiritual aspirants who would be willing to host future dinners from time to time. If you are interested and live in the Tri-State area, please contact us.

Since most people don’t live in New York City, we’re also launching a new virtual event we call our Vedantin Sunday Service. Every Sunday we’ll offer up a short spiritual essay, independent study resource, as well as any American Vedanta news for the week. You can subscribe to the Vedantin Sunday Service by email, RSS, Facebook or Twitter.

Yours,
Peter Kowalke

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PickleThis Week’s Spiritual Talk

The Story of Pickle

by Peter Kowalke

For several weeks I avoided the pickled fruit and vegetable concoction eaten widely in India and known simply as “pickle.” Every visit I tried pickle, and every visit I struggled with its aggressive spiciness and pungency. So the first few weeks at the monastery I didn’t even try pickle; wait staff knew I had no interest in the food.

Preferences keep me small and make my life miserable, however. If I want something and don’t get it, on some level I am not content. If I act in the service of my preferences, on some level I am a slave to those preferences. If I take sides by not enjoying all aspects of the world, implicitly I am moving away from Oneness by reinforcing the idea that everything is not one. Disliking pickle was not an option.

(read more)

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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.

Have a happy week! Peace be unto you. Peace be unto all.


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