A Liberation Lifestyle

There are two levels of dharma. The first is what you do in your life. The second is the ultimate dharma – to know God. If you have the right perspective, everything is pointing that way… but that is the background for the discussion. When we say the prayer, “L’shem yichud”, it is a reminder that we are multi-dimensional beings, living both on the physical plane, the astral plane, the mental plane also on the plane of the Nothing, the plane of chokmah, or wisdom. In the yoga tradition there is a nice way of explaining dharma. It is one […]

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Zorba the Buddha

There are many different levels and kinds of wisdom.  One of the most important of these is viveka. This wisdom is most important for living sanely in our world today. This is a yogic term, which means the ability to tell the difference between the illusory/temporary reality and the absolute reality.  There are different levels to that.  We have dual, non-dual reality and prior to that, beyond the mind, is the nothing.  This is prior to the confines of the dualistic mind.  Liberation is when the glass ceiling of the mind shatters and you don’t mind, because there is no […]

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Decisions

In ancient times anyone entering the Promised Land was confronted with a very powerful statement between two markers. On one marker were blessings. On the other marker there were curses. One got to choose between life and death. Having just spent 40 years in the desert, the children of Israel now had to choose. Free will choice is the distinguishing mark between being free and being a slave. Slaves don’t have free will choices. Free will is a gift that we have for our spiritual evolution. Sometimes people come from the place of ego when they are promoting free will choice, and, yet, free will […]

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The Mystery of the Tree of Life Perspective

What’s going on in the world today is a reflection of our collective inner world.  Our inner world is key.  When you don’t understand your inner world, you can’t understand the outer world. One of the biggest tasks on the spiritual realm is the inner/outer balance we create in our own lives.  We struggle sometimes between being too easy and being too hard.  The Kabbalistic model of the Tree of Life comprises ten sefirotic energies that are essentially a pattern for all creation. What is that pattern that we are talking about?  The highest sefirot is keter, which is the […]

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The Cosmic Aliveness of Liberation

It is said that when Sarah left her body at the age of 127, she was alive all of the days of her life. What we have here is a model of enlightenment in the Torah from the very beginning. What does it mean to be alive? It means you feel your oneness at all times. You feel the emptiness. There is no you. The Divine energy is coming through you at all times. You are free to move in any direction. All of the five levels of the soul are aligned. It means you are tapped into the cosmic […]

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Becoming a Slave to the Truth

Stay Faithful to the Truth

The one who is a slave to the truth is truly liberated. That is a paradox, but it is the deeper understanding. Once we understand the truth, we must then be faithful to that truth that we have experienced. Without that we have liberation insight, but we cannot hold it in our practice. This is why so many teachers fall. They are not able to hold faithful to their insight into the truth. I am more deeply clarifying the meaning of enlightenment. It is not enough to know the truth and to have the inner experience of it. One must bring […]

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The Spiritual Answer to Terrorism

Terrorism is a worldwide problem that will not be solved through compromise, as demonstrated by the failure of Neville Chamberlain regarding Hitler during World War II. Terrorism has fixed beliefs and a strong intellectual justification in its correctness and is fueled by the power of hate. The word “hate” is classically defined as “that which separates”. The power of terrorism is based on the intent to create fear of destruction, physical harm, or death in the masses. It is primarily effective against people who have belief systems and ego identities based primarily on the physical plane. The counterpoint to terrorism […]

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Instinctual Drive to Know God

Satsang on April 14th, 2014 In terms of Dharma we understand that with the Id we have the instinctual drive of survival and sexuality and death.  We also have the instinctual drive to know God.  This is just the program that we have.  So when we look at the spiritual practice, or better yet what in Yogic terms we call Sanatana Dharma (the natural way of living that leads to liberation), we are creating a way to develop, inspire, and nurture the instinctual drive to liberation (or, in Hebrew, Shevekut D’vekut).  That’s the primary “id drive” and program of all […]

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Silence: A poem by Rabbi Gabriel Cousens, MD

Silence does not speak, but is behind every thought, word, and action. It can’t be labeled, bottled, or commercialized. It is free, And is the doorway to freedom. And the mind, No matter how hard it tries, Can’t fit through the doorway. Give up your attachment to the mind. Strip it naked of the clothes of its thoughts, And you dance naked, alone, radiant, and free. Come join the ecstatic dance of silence Into liberation Nothing. You have nothing to lose Except your mind And the illusion that Truth can be found in the mind. Surrender is never to an […]

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The Importance of Joy

The Importance Of Joy

Joy plays a very important role in spiritual life.  It’s said in the Torah that one should serve God with joy.  When people serve without joy, they don’t receive the benefits of serving.  In fact, they sometimes get the downside.   What does it mean to serve God with joy?  There are different levels of this (being that there are five levels of the body and five or six levels of the mind depending on the tradition).  The highest level (the sixth level) of the mind is called hiranyamaya kosha.  At the level of the hiranyamaya kosha there is a non-causal love.  […]

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