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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Living with Full Spiritual Intensity

I will share with you a wisdom that appeared to me 50 years ago when I was a senior in college and I walked out on the football field. I thought, “What am I doing here? This is only a game.” The other part of the wisdom was that yes, it is only a game but if you do not play it intensely you’re not going to do very well. I wasn’t one of the bigger players but I was the caption of what ended up being an undefeated college football team. This was all about intensity. As we look […]

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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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