Sunday Service: Walking with God

Week of Sept 29 – Oct 5, 2013

Former Dominican priest Meister Eckhart has so many spiritual gems, so we’re happy this week to share another one of his talks with the Vedanta community.

Peter Kowalke


This Week’s Spiritual Talk

Walking with God

by Meister Eckhart

The righteous man is righteous still in any place and any company, and the unrighteous man is unrighteous still in every place and in all company.

Walking with GodThe righteous man truly has God in him. But one who truly has God will have him in all places, in the streets and in the world no less than in the church, in the desert or in the home. If he has gotten Him indeed and gotten Him alone, He is proof against all hindrance. Why? Because having gotten God alone, he is ever bearing God alone in mind, is pregnant with God in all his acts as well as in all places, and all his works are being done by God.

So if we give our whole mind to God, then it is He in fact who is doing all our works, and nothing whatever can disturb Him, not company or place. Nor can anyone disturb the man who minds nothing, seeks nothing, relishes nothing but God, for God is united with this man in all his thoughts. As God is not disturbed by any multiplicity, so nothing can disturb or diversify this man who is one in the One where all multiplicity is one and homogeneous.

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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.


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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