Just as water cannot wet the lotus leaf, so work cannot bind the unselfish man by giving rise to attachment to results. The selfless and unattached man may live in the very heart of a crowded and sinful city; he will not be touched by sin.
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We attend lectures and read books, argue and reason about God and soul, religion and salvation. These are not spirituality, because spirituality does not exist in books or in theories or in philosophies. It is not in learning or reasoning, but in actual inner growth. Even parrots can learn things by heart and repeat them. If you become learned, what of it? Asses can carry whole libraries. So when real light will come, there will be no more of this learning from books – no book-learning. The man who cannot write even his own name can be perfectly religious, and the man with all the libraries of the world in his head may fail to be. Learning is not a condition of spiritual growth; scholarship is not a condition. The touch of the guru, the transmittal of spiritual energy, will quicken your heart. Then will begin the growth. That is the real baptism by fire.
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We should cultivate the optimistic temperament, and endeavor to see the good that dwells in everything. If we sit down and lament over the imperfection of our bodies and minds, we profit nothing; it is the heroic endeavor to subdue adverse circumstances that carries our spirit upward.
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This mind, so deluded, so weak, so easily led, even this mind can be strong and may catch a glimpse of that knowledge, that Oneness, which saves us from dying again and again. As rain falling upon a mountain flows in various streams down the sides of the mountain, so all the energies which you see here are from that one Unit. It has become manifold falling upon maya. Do not run after the manifold; go toward the One.
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Though they all believe in immortality, they do not know that immortality is not gained by dying and going to heaven, but by giving up this piggish individuality, by not trying ourselves down to one little body. Immortality is knowing ourselves as one with all, living in all bodies, perceiving through all minds We are bound to feel in other bodies than this one. We are bound to feel in other bodies. What is sympathy? Is there any limit to this sympathy, this feeling in our bodies? It is quite possible that the time will come when I shall feel through the whole universe.
The Vedanta Center of St. Petersburg will be opening the 2022-2023 season with the Sunday service on September 11, 2022. We are happy to welcome everyone back after the summer recess. We will be having in person services, including evening classes on Wednesday and Friday. All events shall also be made available live via Zoom platform.
Sunday services begin at 11:00 am and the evening classes at 7:00 pm. All services shall be held in the Chapel as before.
All are welcome.
216 19th Avenue South East St. Petersburg, Fl 33705
Wednesday: 7:00 PM: Introduction to Bhagavat Gita
Friday: 7:00 PM: The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
|Sept. 11||The New Beginning|
|Sept. 18||Liberation is For One and All|
|Sept. 25||Association With the Saints|