Be a Light

Whether big or small, any light is better than darkness.  Think of the stars in the sky.  There are millions of them and however small each one appears to be,  they leave us speechless in their beauty when strewn across the sprawling canvas of a night sky.  Not to mention, the patterns they create have… Continue reading Be a Light

The Four Yogas of Vedanta

The following excerpt from Principles and Purpose of Vedanta by Swami Paramananda (1884-1940), outlines the 4 Yogas that have as their highest aim: union with the Divine. It is intended as a companion piece to “The Wisdom of Vedanta”, posted on 06/02/2021. “The practical part of the teaching of Vedanta is called Yoga, which literally… Continue reading The Four Yogas of Vedanta

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

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 took place… Continue reading Spiritual Friendship