Posts Tagged ‘purity’

Do You Choose to Live in Guilt or Joy?

June 19, 2013


Philip Goldberg, who was gracious enough to write an endorsement for my book, Through God’s Eyes, beautifully summarized the distinction between two schools of religious thought (the West versus the ancient spiritual wisdom of the East) in his terrific book, American Veda: From Emerson and the Beatles to Yoga and Meditation: How Indian Spirituality Changed the West.

On page 38, Goldberg wrote:

{Ralph Waldo Emerson’s views] were built on a Vedic foundation that flipped the prevailing religious assumption about human nature on its head—from original sin to original bliss, one might say. “Emerson took the revolutionary notion that (more…)

Whatever You Do, Do It to Please God

July 22, 2012

In church this morning, the minister said that when he was a young monk, he had taken two or three weeks to completely rewrite a booklet that he was asked to revise. After submitting it, a senior monk called him and, not knowing he was talking to the monk who had written it, told him that the original was better written and that all it had needed was a little revision here and there.

The minister said he resisted the impulse to feel frustrated and resentful. Instead, he told himself that this is what God wanted and that that was all that mattered. Cheerfully, and with greater (more…)

Everyone Is Fighting a Hard Battle

July 1, 2011

Kindness, by definition, requires humility, purity of intent, and a willingness to put another person’s needs before your own.

Humility must accompany all our actions, must be with us everywhere; for as soon as we glory in our good works they are of no further value to our advancement in virtue.
Saint Augustine

An act of kindness tainted by your ego’s desire for recognition or reward will karmically (more…)