The Wisdom of Vedanta

“As the different streams, having their sources in different places, all mingle their waters in the great sea; similarly, the different paths which men take through different tendencies, however divergent they may appear, crooked or straight, all lead to Thee, O Lord.”1 – Sanskrit Hymn Swami Paramananda (1884-1940), a disciple of the great Swami Vivekananda… Continue reading The Wisdom of Vedanta

Meditation and Prayer

Laurence Freeman OSB, Director of the World Community for Christian Meditation,  calls meditation a “prayer of the heart”. Meditation enriches other forms of prayer to which we are more accustomed, such as the prayers we say when we gather as a group, when we wake up in the morning, before a meal or during a… Continue reading Meditation and Prayer

Spiritual Friendship

Spiritual Friendship The following passage by Laurence Freeman – Catholic priest, Benedictine monk, and Director of the World Community for Christian Meditation – is found in the Introduction to The Good Heart, a book highlighting the inter-religious dialogue between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and a gathering of Christian and Buddhist teachers. This historic meeting… Continue reading Spiritual Friendship

Music, the Universal Language

From the prolific British composer of the first half of the 20th century, Ralph Vaughan Williams. His interest in sacred music from the Tudor period produced the beautiful and poetic Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis. Click on the post to hear Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields perform this stunning work.

The Eight Pillars of Joy

To celebrate the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday in 2015, the Archbishop Desmond Tutu visited him in his home in India. Click on the link in the post to read the highlights of their week together and the conversation that became a New York Times bestseller book titled The Book of Joy.

God Is With Us

God Is With Us The World’s Parliament of Religions convened for the first time in Chicago in September of 1893. It was an auspicious event that had been in the planning for 2 years and drawn the attention of many of the world’s great religions. Over the course of seventeen days, representatives of these religions,… Continue reading God Is With Us