Sunday Service: What If I Don’t Wanna Love Like a Saint?

Week of May 3 – 9, 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

What If I Don’t Wanna Love Like a Saint?Swan

By: Peter Kowalke

When you love someone so deeply that you find God in them, do you lose the human love you have for them? What if that divine love goes away? And what if I don’t want to love like that? I’ve heard that divine love requires being detached, and that feels cold to me.

When you find God in people, you don’t again lose it. Or I don’t seem to lose it. Sometimes I forget momentarily, but it is easy to get back again once you’ve first seen it. It stays with you, like riding a bicycle.

God love is human love. But it is human love for the divine aspect, not for the body/mind aspect. God love does not look so different than normal love on the surface, but it is deeper and free from the problems of loving something that’s impermanent. But when you love the permanent part of a person–their essence, their divinity– you don’t feel sad to lose the other kind of love. Because it really isn’t a loss of the other kind–it just is an ADDITION to the other love. It is additive, so there is no real loss. It is not detachment, which I find cold and incomplete. It is nonattachment to the impermanent, which is an entirely different thing and not anti-human like detachment can be. That’s why nobody sticks with detachment–I know nobody who is detached and sticks with it, only people who try it and then move from that lower truth to something higher.

 

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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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