Sunday Service: Where Happiness Doesn’t End

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Week of Sept 22 – 28, 2013

Where Happiness Doesn’t End

by Peter Kowalke

Suffering is part of the nature of this world, so even if you had a magic wand you would not get beyond it.

We will always find suffering when we focus on the impermanent things in this world, because everything impermanent contains both pain and pleasure. You were happy when your son was born, but you will be unhappy when your son dies. You are happy when you buy new clothes, unhappy when those clothes get stained or wear out. This birth/death relationship ensures that happiness and sadness always go together.

So we can’t find true happiness from impermanent things, which is most of what we know in this world. Most of us chase happiness, hoping we will tip the balance in favor of happiness and move beyond sadness. But the equation always balances, so even a seemingly happy life is pregnant with future sadness.

Chasing after happiness won’t help us, at least as we usually define it.

But we can find happiness and peace of mind.

(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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