Posts Tagged ‘understanding’

Philosophical Pablum

August 18, 2013

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In his well-written, well-researched book, American Veda, which explores how India’s spiritual wisdom seeped into America’s cultural bloodstream, Philip Goldberg writes:

The St. Louis-born T. S. Eliot spent two years at Harvard studying Vedantic texts with America’s finest Indologists. Eliot, who learned Sanskrit and Pali (the language of the Buddha), once remarked that the subtleties of Indian sages “makes more of the great European philosophers look like schoolboys.”



I remember a spiritually awakened friend echoing the same sentiment. He told me that he had tried to read some famous philosophers of the last couple centuries and it was like reading nonsense written by children.

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Thomas Moore





In Care of the Soul, Thomas Moore explained that the same dynamic holds true for psychology. In the Introduction, he wrote:

This book contains both psychological (more…)

The Friend Who Cares

March 21, 2012

This afternoon I ran into a few friends on the sidewalk. They were talking about the perils of counseling someone they all knew who was going through some troubles. One young man in his twenties noted that he had recently learned that, “It doesn’t matter if you’re right; if you hurt her feelings, you’re wrong.” When I congratulated him on his awareness, he acknowledged that it was a lesson that had been incredibly hard for him to learn and that he still had a ways to go.

I could relate. When my daughter was in high school, she told me about a challenge she was facing. I lit up because I had gone through the same thing myself and knew exactly what to do. But when I tried to tell her how to take care of it, she interrupted me and said, ‘“Dad, I (more…)

Walk, Don’t Run

August 28, 2010

Walking a spiritual path is called just that for a reason. It’s not called running a spiritual path. It takes time to drink in new ideas, to integrate them into your perspective and consciousness, and most importantly, to reflect them in your relationships with God and with others. I like how Paramahansa Yogananda conveyed the importance of patience for spiritual aspirants:

A thirsty man coming upon a lake craved to swallow all its waters. Naturally, he could not drink more than his stomach would hold. Likewise, many thirsty seekers of limited understanding sit by the lake of truth and aspire to drink all of its vast waters and contain all of its mysteries. They do not understand even this truth: that to swallow (more…)