Sunday Service: We Can Be Imperfect and Still Godly

Sarada Devi

Week of February 1 – 7, 2015

This week we bring you a spiritual talk from our archives. We’ve published or reprinted so many spiritual talks over the years, sometimes it is good to go back and reprint some of the earlier work; this site is too deep to fully explore, so many gems can get lost or overlooked.

It is worth noting that we also have pages devoted to faiths other than Vedanta that highlight spiritual talks we have delivered in the context of those faiths. These pages include Christianity, Buddhism and Islam right now. All of our talks are in the context of Vedantic truth, of course, but these pages help bridge the gap between religions and share truth that otherwise go unnoticed in the Vedanta tradition.

So here you go.

Enjoy, and happy Sunday! Peace be unto you. Peace be unto all.

Yours in service,
Peter

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This Week’s Spiritual Talk

We Can Be Imperfect and Still Godly

Sarada Devi

If the deepest love is nonattached, why did the saint Sarada Devi cry so much when her husband, Sri Ramakrishna, left the world? She too wanted to leave the world, and she used to break down and cry when her disciples and devotees left her house after a short stay.

When Sarada Devi cried, it was the part of her that was not yet realized. And that’s okay that she cried, but we shouldn’t confuse it with complete realization.

One of the great things that Ramakrishna and Sarada Devi taught was that it is okay to be human while also moving toward the divine. Don’t kill your imperfect side while straining for the divine. Keep moving toward the divine, but don’t be something you have not yet realized.

The crying Sarada was the Sarada who was still not fully realized. I do not doubt she was in touch with her Godliness, but I also do not doubt that she still had a little ways to go because there is no need to cry; nothing can be lost, so there’s no need to cry when you realize this fact.

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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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