Tag: spirituality

A growing sense of oneness

In a world that sometimes seems to be coming apart when viewed from a purely outside, material viewpoint, one of the most comforting and hopeful signs in the growing sense of oneness that is experienced by millions and probably tens of millions if not more. This is accompanied by the appearance of more and more…

Blessing for a sick child

I bless (name of the child) in her/his divine completeness hidden behind the veil of appearances. I bless her/him in her/his innate perfection which, as the child of God, only awaits to be revealed. I bless her/him in the perfect work of all her/his organs which always tend towards functioning harmoniously. I bless the doctors…

Are trials really blessings in disguise?

A few years ago, I went through a tsunami that swept absolutely everything from under my feet. Here I was, a respected trainer and writer, in a marriage seen by many as a model, in apparent perfect health (I had never used my health insurance since I contracted it decades ago) and with a very…

The Essence of Spirituality: Service of Others from Drops of Nectar

by Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati. Chidananda Saraswati (called Pujya Swamiji or Pujya Muniji by disciples), is the President and spiritual head of the Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh, India, one of India’s largest spiritual institutions. He is also the founder and spiritual head of the Hindu Jain Temple in Pittsburgh, PA http://www.parmarth.com/ps_swamiji.php Spirituality is the…

Why Love is the best ‘revenge’

“We are choosing love, not for an outcome but for the actual creation of a different reality, where cynicism cannot overshadow the real connection of Love. The norm is fear and separation, but Love is the greater reality. I don’t have to judge those who fear, I can feel compassion for them. There are wounded…

Art, Beauty and Healing

“Indeed, the subtle touches of beauty are what enable most people to survive. Yet beauty is so quietly woven through our ordinary days that we hardly notice it. Everywhere there is tenderness, care and kindness, there is beauty.”  John O’Donahue For thirty years, Lily Yeh was a professor of painting and art history at Philadelphia’s…

Integrity

Because integrity is such an essential element of the spiritual quest – after all it is one of the many dimension of truth – I felt like sharing my reflections on the theme of being true to oneself – which is the essence of integrity as I understand it. Integrity is a quality of being.…

The Hardest Lesson – Elisabeth Kúbler-Ross

(published April 14, 2003) Elisabeth Kübler-Ross was  a world renowned medical doctor, psychiatrist and thanatologist who spent her whole life working with the dying, children, and AIDS patients; she is also credited with bringing the hospice movement to the U.S.)   This is apparently the last text she published before her death in 2004. The…

Do we know how cherished we are?

Marianne Williamson, one of the great figures of the American spiritual scene, has published a superb book of brief daily reflections, A YEAR OF MIRACLES. I would like to quote in its entirety one that I ponder practically every morning at the start of my day: Nothing about your material circumstances has the power to…

Thoughts to ponder

From time to time, we will add thoughts gathered from many different horizons and authors which will hopefully inspire you and lead you to reflect. “Keep walking, though there’s no place to get to.Don’t try to see through the distances.That’s not for human beings. Move within,but don’t move the way fear makes you move.”Jelaluddin Rumi…