Focusing on the essence of spirituality from all times, places, cultures…and beyond. Serving and cultivating the innate, inherent spiritual nature contained within all: the religious, the non-religious, the spiritual but not religious, the atheist, the agnostic, the mystic; whatever one does or does not consider oneself. We are beings at many different levels with many different aspects: physical, energy/life force, mind, intellect, emotion; but at our deepest common core, we are all spiritual beings. We all yearn to love and be loved, to nurture and be nurtured, to express and serve and realize each of our unique destinies. We can all help each other along our individual journeys, united by our common needs and yearnings.

Quote of the Week #108 - The Role of Beauty

The world will be saved by beauty.

--Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Quote of the Week #108 - The Role of Beauty

The world will be saved by beauty.

--Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Quote of the Week #107 - The Joy of Good Work

In the actions of the best men others find their rule of action. The path that a great man follows becomes a guide to the world.

I have no work to do in all the worlds…I have nothing to obtain, because I have all. And yet I work.

If I was not bound to action, never-tiring, everlastingly, men that follow many paths would follow my path of inaction.

If ever my work had an end, these worlds would end in destruction, confusion would reign with all: this would be the death of all beings.

Even as the unwise work selfishly in the bondage of selfish works, let the wise man work unselfishly for the good of all the world.

Let not the wise disturb the mind of the unwise in their selfish work. Let him, working with devotion, show them the joy of good work.

Do thy duty, even if it be humble, rather than another’s, even if it be great. To die in one’s duty is life: to live in another’s is death.

--The Bhagavad Gita, 3:21-26, 3:35, translated by Juan Mascaró

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Quote of the Week #106 - Staged Dramas, Imagined and Real Life

A few therapists who use the technique of “psycho-drama” may stage an imagined scene to help a person see the misery-causing roles he habitually plays and how to change them. But a spiritual teacher, seeing that all life is drama for the purpose of growth, is more likely to stage “real life” dramas in order to bring out and correct disturbances in his students. Because of the greater sense of “reality,” these learning experiences are usually extremely impactful.

--Swami Rama and Swami Ajaya, Creative Use of Emotion, p. 74