"Spirituality is not to be learned by flight from the world, by running away from things, or by turning solitary and going apart from the world. Rather, we must learn an inner solitute wherever or with whomsoever we may be. We must learn to penetrate things and find God there." Meister Eckhart (12th Century mystic)
Today, as we should every day, we remember and respect those who gave their lives for the freedoms we take for granted. The sentence may sound cliche, which is why a whole blog.
Memorial Day can be a day of mixed feelings. Some take issue with the role of the military in human affairs. However, today is the day we remember the sacrifice of those who gave their lives in the line of duty. It is not the day we take issue with those who sent them into battle.
There is no greater love than this," Jesus said, "that a person would lay down their life for the sake of friends." Soldiers, however, lay down their lives for people they do not know and a sizeable population who do not know them. Today is a day we can empathize with the families they left behind, who live the loss of a parent, sibling, friend, lover, or grandparent.
I want to remember my father, a world war two vet. I grew up reading Battle comics and, like many typical boys, played with guns and aspired to join the...
Today, May 13, we remember the death anniversary of our esteemed mentor Bede Griffiths. In this remembrance, we want to recall his quality of Presence.
Bede often quoted from the Rig Veda, a passage that found its way into the Upanishads as well:
"I know that Great Person who shines beyond the darkness, whose glory is more luminous than the brightness of the sun. In knowing this Supreme Person, this Purusha, we go beyond death. There is no other way (to eternal life)."
Bede was a Catholic priest and Benedictine monk who made his home in India, where we, Asha and I, first met him. Later, he would come and spend a third of the year with us in the United States. He did this for three consecutive years until his death in 1993. At that time, we were not sufficiently aware of the honor and privilege of someone like him making his home with us. We were young and inexperienced. He left a lasting impression upon us, though, particularly his quality of Presence.
Bede practiced the practice of...