Sunday Service: The Value of Miracles

Levitation

Week of March 23 – 29, 2014

My Miracle is Bigger Than Yours

Okay, I admit: I have mystical visions. Sometimes I see and experience things that sound a lot like the mystical experiences one reads about in the Upanishads, the Qur’an, and supernatural literature.

But I rarely talk about such experiences, and frankly I am embarrassed by them. It is not that there is anything wrong with hearing advice from dead saints when I worship, or feeling indescribable bliss when I meditate. The issue is that the significance of these experiences usually is overblown.

Because spirituality is a very nuanced game, there’s not a lot of concrete metrics we can leverage to show progress and boost our self-confidence. Spirituality is a subtle thing, which is why we alight on mystical visions and special phenomena. Such phenomena is the proof that our practices are working, that our faith is justified, that we are succeeding in spiritual life. Maybe such visions even show that we are special, that we might be poor in material goods but wealthy in spiritual juju.

None of this is true, however. Mystical visions and special phenomena do not matter.

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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.

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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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