A rabbi once came to Reb Yerachmiel after a meditation workshop. “A member of my congregation, a philosopher at the state college, asked me to teach him how to meditate. How should I instruct him?” Reb Yerachmiel replied: “Teach him the prayer for moving his bowels, and teach him to recite it every time he… Continue reading Saturday Stories 47: What is spirituality?
During the early days of the kingdom of Ava, a caravan of hill men arrived with their merchandise at the market place. After selling their wares, they went from stall to stall with gold coins jingling in their pockets, looking for rare articles to be bought and taken home. They paused before a stall selling… Continue reading Saturday Stories 46: The Coconut Story
Master Shaku Soen liked to take an evening stroll through a nearby village. One day he heard loud lamentations from a house and, on entering quietly, realized that the householder had died and the family and neighbors were crying. He sat down and cried with them. An old man noticed him and remarked, rather shaken… Continue reading Saturday Stories 45: Beyond Such Things
The devotee knelt to be initiated into discipleship. The Master whispered the sacred mantra into his ear, warning him not to reveal it to anyone. “What will happen if I do?” asked the devotee. Said the Master, “Anyone you reveal the mantra to will be liberated from the bondage of ignorance and suffering, but you… Continue reading Saturday Stories 44: The Disciple Who Is The Master
Time before time, when the world was young, two brothers shared a field and a mill. Each night they divided evenly the grain they had ground together during the day. Now as it happened, one of the brothers lived alone; the other had a wife and a large family. One day the single brother thought… Continue reading Saturday Stories 43: The Temple Of God
Everything is fleeting. The struggles will pass. The successes will pass. Live in the moment. Be peaceful. Be contented. Pursue your deepest passions. Love everyone, including yourself. Loving yourself means respecting yourself and doing for yourself what will make you the best you can be. Do not take anything seriously. What you give, you will… Continue reading Stepping Stones To Experience The Happiness Of Life
A Hasid burst into the study of Reb Yerachmiel ben Yisrael. “Rebbe”, he said breathlessly, “what is the way to God?” The rebbe looked up from his studies and answered: ” There is no way to God, for God is not other than here and now.” “Then, Rebbe, tell me the essence of God.” “There… Continue reading Saturday Stories 42: The Truth We Hide From