Anchoring Oneself in the Unchangeable

This evening’s teaching is on right livelihood.  Because this can be a limited concept, I will use the word dharma, which is the spiritually highest way to earn a living. The real question, in a world that has lost its way as before the great flood, is “What exactly is dharma?  And what are the standards for dharmic living?” Noach was a tzaddik (or a spiritual teacher) in his time, but compared to other spiritual people who lived at other times, he might not even be considered to be a tzaddik.  At the time that he was living in, however, […]

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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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Building Character (Midot)

Dear Ones, Spiritual life is eternally simple, yet appears complex. It is reflected in what Muktanda’s Guru, the God-merged being called Nityanada, said to him… “Throw away your books and intellectual spiritual questions and meditate.” It is the same message today from an Essene point of view: The teaching of the Torah, its prophets, and of the deep Kabbalah is both simple and profound. It is to live in a way that illuminates and activates our essential, conscious oneness with YHWH. That oneness is already there, but without us being aware of it and putting this teaching at the center […]

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