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That 1,000th time that you do magic and it works…and then you realize that you may have worded it a little broadly. And then you’re just sitting there as it goes blasting into various forms of chaos to bring about your ultimate goal. 

And you’re still just sitting there like, “Well, shit…”

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Naked Yoga for PMS 2: Boost Circulation for Premenstrual Syndrome! (Trailer)

I find myself like, in awe of the miracle of existing, the miracle of consciousness, it makes no sense to me; the fact that we’re here, that I’m separate from people, that I’m experiencing this, like, for me, it’s so much more beautiful, what I hope… My curiousness is the hope that this is all natural, that all this checks out. The idea that we’d have to skip steps, the idea that at the end of the day the numbers don’t add up, that you need magic or you need something… Is so much less magical than the fact that this is all just working naturally and it all checks out and this system does, at the end of the day, make sense naturally. That… That is the most awe inspiring, beautiful, possible solution and ending to me. The fact that, really what happens is you have hydrogen and it’s starched and explodes and then you have fucking people, like, if that really does… If all the math checks out at the end of the day, that would make me happy.
—  Bo Burnham – “Do you find yourself spiritually curious?”

PODCAST: Spiritual Awakening Radio, Program 1190: Poetry of Kabir: https://soundcloud.com/santmat/spiritual-awakening-radio-program-1190-poetry-of-kabir
A program of Kabir poetry readings using Rabindranath Tagore’s Songs of Kabir, plus a passage from the Gospel of Thomas, and verses from Hazrat Sultan Bahu… all musically accompanied with the sounds of the veena (an instrument used in Indian classical ragas) along with hymns/bhajans of Kabir.

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PODCAST: KABIR, Part One

Kabir’s spirituality is a blend of Prem and Bhakti: love and devotion for the Beloved Lord, the One God, and a meditation practice leading to inner mystical experiences of a visionary and auditory nature, the Divine Light and Sound.

“God is beyond all limitations of time, space and causation, and he is beyond all attribute! God is Formless and is Omnipresent. We must see this universality of God reflected everywhere.”

“Maya (illusion) has bound and confused the whole world, and keeps people in doubt and spiritual ignorance (avidya). Awaken to the indwelling Presence of God and get off the wheel karmas. Overcome maya and realize unity of all existence.”

“Give up violence towards all living beings, knowing that life is dear to them as your life is to you. Just as you feel pain, other creatures also feel pain. Abstain from killing. Reading religious books and praying will not get rid of your negative karmas.”

“We all came from the same eternal abode, and we have to return to that same eternal abode. But we cannot reach there until we are pure in heart.”

“Practice meditation and realize your real Self, and the same Self pervading everywhere. When you realize this unity, you have attained Sahaj Samadhi. This state is beyond all dualities, and is the source of eternal bliss.”

“It is the sport of the Unattainable One: look within, and behold how the moon-beams of that Hidden One shine in you.
There falls the rhythmic beat of life and death:
Rapture wells forth, and all space is radiant with light.
There the Unstruck Music is sounded; it is the music of the love of the three worlds.
There millions of lamps of sun and of moon are burning;
There the drum beats, and the lover swings in play.
There love-songs resound, and light rains in showers; and the worshipper is entranced in the taste of the heavenly nectar.”

“Hearing the Divine Melody, the mind remained absorbed. Obtaining samadhi, it remained devoted at the Gurus feet, and all its mental sufferings have been removed. Grasping the rope of the Divine Melody, the soul has climbed to liberation.”

God Is Trans: The Extraordinary Spirituality Of Transgender Lives

Welcome to ALL TOGETHER, the podcast dedicated to exploring how ethics religion and spiritual practice is informing our personal lives, our communities and our world. You can download All Together on iTunes, or Stitcher.

During this week’s segment you will hear from a Christian, a Jew and a Buddhist about their lives as trans people, and the surprising and instructive ways religious figures acted with compassion as they transitioned to presenting as their authentic selves. Their journeys invite new understanding of spirituality by urgently presenting the deeply religious question: “Who Am I?”

Recently Bruce Jenner spoke on national television about life as a trans person, ushering in a new era of visibility of trans people. My hope is that the stories of Joy, Taj and Ellie will be cause for further celebration, and that their spiritual stories will offer all of us lessons for discovery about self, others and even God.

GUESTS:

Prof. Joy Laden made history when she became the first trans woman to teach at an Orthodox Jewish university. In addition to her position at Yeshiva University, she is a contributor to the website TransTorah, and has recently published a book of poetry with the title: Impersonation.

Taj Smith is a second year student at Harvard Divinity School who is on ordination track in the United Church of Christ.

Ellie Krug is the executive director of Call for Justice, an organization that connects low income people with the legal services they need. She is the author of Getting to Ellen: A Memoir about Love, Honesty and Gender Change.

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Hijab: To Wear Or Not To Wear – Two Muslim Women’s Spiritual Journey (All Together Podcast)

This week’s All Together features a conversation with two talented, ivy league educated, social justice minded Muslim women. Both were raised in rural America, both put on the headscarf or Hijab when they were young, and both have gone through a journey of discovery of what the head-covering means to them and whether or not they wanted to keep wearing it.

In today’s conversation we attempt to show both the interior journey that many young Muslims go through around the decision to cover or not; and the challenges and assumptions American society presents to women making that choice.

Big thanks to both Laila and Marian for their honesty and integrity in engaging in this discussion. Our hope is that this conversation is viewed as an opening for more discussions and will be one more step towards humanizing all Muslim women, no matter what choices they make around the headscarf.

The All Together podcast is dedicated to exploring how ethics, religion and spiritual practice is informing our personal lives, our communities and our world. It is hosted by Paul Raushenbush, the executive editor of HuffPost Religion.

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PODCAST: Teachings of Sant Dariya Sahib of Bihar

The technique of love is truly the root of spirituality.
Follow this technique as imparted by the Master.
When with his grace the inner lamp is lighted,
The true Naam [inner Light & Sound], the support of all, comes to sight.

Without love there can be no devotion and wisdom.
With love arisen, they can be experienced
with the Guru’s grace.
With intensification of love, one comes in contact
with the True Sound,
And like a lotus in water, abides in its peace and bliss.

– Dariya Sahib

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PODCAST: The Yoga of SOUND – Transcendental Hearing

There is a Sound Coming From Beyond the Silence and Can Be Heard in Meditation. Inner Sound Meditation in the World Religions and Path of the Masters This Week on Spiritual Awakening Radio.