Atone through Attunement

We all seek forgiveness at times—from ourselves, from others, from God. Why? 

This week many participated in the fasting and prayer of Yom Kippur — The Day of Atonement, the last of the Ten Days of Awe. As we seek the perfection of God let us consider what is the ideal of perfection. With all our human failings how does a spiritual practice help us to arise in the consciousness of God?

When Sorrow Comes

When sorrow comes into our life it is as though we have entered a great darkness. We look for the light to come out of that darkness.

But where do we find that light? And how does that light bring us out of sorrow? What is the sorrow? We think we know what sorrow is but do we really?

Reading the Book Within

There is a book within that we read in the silence of our hearts. It is there that we come to know the Self. It is where our devotion and dedication reveal pure consciousness. Therein lies a treasury of awareness and experience that will guide us through all the obstacles of life.

Faith in a Seed

The great yogi, Henry David Thoreau, spent a vast amount of time observing, contemplating and writing about the transformations of nature. Even beyond his time at Walden he continued to study trees and plants and their interactions with the elements and animals. His descriptions provided a rich glimpse into the deeper consciousness of his being. Thoreau found “the very earth itself as a granary and a seminary.” He found “faith in a seed,” with a realization of its origin, path and destiny. Then he offered its story to inspire humanity.

Thy Will Be Done

Is our will separate from God’s will? Is the spiritual path that of renouncing our own will and submitting to God’s will? In truth, there is but one will, and that is God’s/our will. In human life that One pure will is often projected through the clouded lens of our acquired concepts of finitude (our sense identified ego) resulting in disturbing and negative expressions. Let us purify our minds and hearts so that the pure light of God’s/Our will may be expressed in all our thoughts, words and deeds.

The Crescent Moon

The natural symbols of sublime devotion become to us mirrors of the Self. They reflect not only our inner revelations but inspire and guide us on the inmost path. The symbol of the crescent moon is certainly an image of beauty and reflection to the poet and the philosopher in us all. 

Two Little Birds

“Two little birds, linked by mutual friendly bonds, reside in the selfsame tree; one of them is engrossed in the enjoyment of sweet fruit, while the other looks on with perfect serenity.” This verse is found in the Mundaka and SvetasvataraUpanishads and in the Rig Veda. The two birds symbolize our dual nature: soul and senses, subjectivity and objectivity. Which “bird” guides our lives? Is our goal to renounce the objective “bird” and identify solely with the serene transcendental “bird”? Can these “birds” exist within us in harmony and synchronicity?

Be Thou a Yogi

For the past seven weeks we have shared together in our Kriya meditation series the ideal and means of Kriya yoga. Perhaps now at the conclusion of this series, we may ask ourselves, “Am I a yogi? What does it truly mean to practice yoga? What is the path? How does one live a life of yoga? At what stage of life can one be a yogi?”

Full of Grace

In observance of Mother’s Day this Sunday we call to mind the sublime quality of grace attained in the soul’s unfoldment. It is a natural self-expression of divine love and inner beauty.

“Mother” is the standard by which we come to realize selfless and unconditional love, patience, understanding, and forgiveness. Such virtues awaken us to the grace of God. That grace blesses and guides our life’s journey.

Salutation Unto Thee!

In the 11th chapter of the Bhagavad Gita are given the words “Salutation unto thee, a thousand times salutation unto thee, and again and again salutation unto thee.” These are the words uttered by Arjuna after witnessing the divine universal form of God in its entire multifarious splendor. His mind and devotion are not shattered into a thousand perceptions and appreciations by this experience but are inexorably drawn to God, the One who is the source and essence of all. This is the path of yoga, of oneness. In all the experiences of our pilgrimage through this vast munificent emporium of God’s manifestation let us always and forever more seek and find the essence of the One. Salutations unto thee, a thousand times salutation unto thee!

Acts of Compassion

After his enlightenment under the Bodhi tree at Bodh Gaya, Gautama the Buddha arrived in Sarnath, also known as Deer Park. It was there that he offered his first sermon regarding the noble path.

The path of self-realization is riddled with challenges on all sides. But one who lives this earthly life in the consciousness of the true nature of the Soul progresses through all the vicissitudes of space, causality, and time, without being overpowered by them.

Living Spirit

In the evolution of human thought and expression, we have journeyed through the contributions of enlightened minds who have brought clarity and understanding of the principles and laws of nature. Yet it is in the unfoldment of soul that we awaken to freedom from all limitation and attain the peace which passeth all understanding.

Where Oceans Meet

Dara Shikoh was the eldest son of Emperor Shah Jehan of India who built the Taj Mahal. In his treatise entitled: “Majma-ul-Bharayn” (the merging of two oceans), Dara Shikoh explored the confluence of mystical thought of the Qur’an and the Upanishads, merging the currents of two traditions. While he reflected upon the monist message of Advaita Vedanta and the truth of tawhid (the oneness of God) in his reflections, we may gather from this expression a deeper ocean of realization.

Path to Resurrection

The noblest path we can pursue is not the one which is the easiest or the most popular. It is the path that will take us toward the greatest wisdom and joy of our soul. In this pursuit we will strive to resurrect every aspect of our being with consciousness lifted to that Supreme Soul of all. We meditate, pray, work, play, eat and rest — all with the ultimate goal of self-liberation. What is the path and how shall we know it? 

Songs of Praise

On the day known as “Palm Sunday” we remember the gathering in Jerusalem when those welcoming Christ with palm branches sang out “Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest…Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.” Yet we know that worship and songs of praise have no limitation, religious or cultural. The expression of devotion has no boundary. The mystic has this sublime realization. 

The subject of this realization is faith, trust in the divine and holy attributes of the soul. The subtle and illuminating powers of the soul gently touch the world about us. Patience and persistence are required in such pursuit. Though our expression has an outward form, it is truly an inner path that gives rise to such a glorious exaltation.

In the Name of God

“In the name of…” is a phrase that is commonly used to mean “by the sanction or authority of.” A few examples are: “in the name of the law”, “in the name of love” and “in the name of science.” At the conclusion of the Sermon on the Mount it is said of Jesus that “the people were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one having authority". What was the source of that authority? In whose name did he act and speak? We may also ask, what authority guides our thoughts, word and deeds? Unfortunately, we often act in the name of ego. Let us ever aspire to live our lives “in the name of God.”

In the Beginning, God

In our meditation, we will reflect upon the story of creation from the standpoint of our own involution and evolution as spiritual beings. In addition, we will review the revelations of the truth contained in the symbology of this story as revealed in the Book of Genesis and the scriptures of mankind. We look forward to your attendance