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  1. 1. Spirituality The way to true understanding
  2. 2. What Is Spirituality <ul><li>In my opinion it is the middle like between religion and a true understanding of god. </li></ul><ul><li>However dictionary.com has a different opinion on the definition of spirituality, it also important to notice how I have a different opinion and I am sure you all have a different opinion of spirituality. </li></ul><ul><li>The state, quality, manner, or fact of being spiritual. </li></ul><ul><li>The clergy. </li></ul><ul><li>Something, such as property or revenue, that belongs to the church or to a cleric. Often used in the plural. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Table Of Contents <ul><li>The first religion that I will talk about is Judaism. </li></ul><ul><li>The second religion that I will talk about is Hinduism. </li></ul><ul><li>The third religion that I will talk about is Islam. </li></ul>
  4. 4. What are Jewish spiritual teachers called, and what do they do? <ul><li>Maggid is the name given to the wondering Jewish spiritual leaders, also known as a preacher. </li></ul><ul><li>Who in times past traveled from community to community to awaken Jews to the beauty of their tradition. </li></ul><ul><li>YITZHAK BUXBAUM is a Maggid who goes around telling stories and helping ours find the beauty in Judaism. </li></ul>
  5. 5. How does one become a Maggid? <ul><li>With the help of God. Be a Maggid, a teller of tales, and speak sacred words to the seed of Jacob. These are the words you shall speak to the Children of Israel. With this, we support, strengthen, and uphold the hands of Reb Yitzhak ben Meir Buxbaum To live a life of the spirit, making the rounds, knocking on all doors, the doors facing each other, the door of the Temple, the gates of the heart, the Heart of Israel To return those who are lost, lost to mind, the Mind of the Most High, With stories that draw the heart of Israel and cause them to awaken. Arise, shine, for your light has come! Tell, tell Awaken, awaken Return, return the People of Israel in complete repentance, from love. So shall you bless, and merit to see the raising of the honor of Israel, in joy. </li></ul><ul><li>The way one becomes a Maggid is by learning under a teacher until the teacher believes that the individual is prepared to venture out into the world and practice being a Maggid. </li></ul><ul><li>once the teacher sees the power in the student he will recite to him the following words. </li></ul>
  6. 6. What are Hindu spiritual teachers called, and what do they do? <ul><li>There are many names given to the hindu spiritual teachers and leaders one of which is swami </li></ul><ul><li>Swami </li></ul><ul><li>A religious teacher. </li></ul><ul><li>A mystic; a yogi. </li></ul><ul><li>another name is Guru ji </li></ul><ul><li>A personal spiritual teacher. </li></ul><ul><li>A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters. </li></ul><ul><li>A trusted counselor and adviser; a mentor. </li></ul>
  7. 7. India's Most Admired Saint Vivekananda <ul><li>Swami Vivekananda is one of most admired spiritual leaders of India. The world knows him as an inspiring Hindu monk, his motherland regards him as the patriot saint of modern India, and Hindus consider him as a source of spiritual power, mental energy, strength-giving and open-mindedness. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Background on the swami ji <ul><li>Born on January 12, 1863 in Calcutta, India </li></ul><ul><li>Rose to worldwide fame in 1893, when he visited Parliament of World Religions. </li></ul><ul><li>He died 4th of July, 1902 at the young age of 38. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Here are a few sayings of swami ji <ul><li>Love Is The Law Of Life: All love is expansion, all selfishness is contraction. Love is therefore the only law of life. He who loves lives, he who is selfish is dying. Therefore, love for love's sake, because it is law of life, just as you breathe to live. </li></ul><ul><li>It's Your Outlook That Matters: It is our own mental attitude, which makes the world what it is for us. Our thoughts make things beautiful, our thoughts make things ugly. The whole world is in our own minds. Learn to see things in the proper light. </li></ul><ul><li>Life is Beautiful: First, believe in this world - that there is meaning behind everything. Everything in the world is good, is holy and beautiful. If you see something evil, think that you do not understand it in the right light. Throw the burden on yourselves! </li></ul><ul><li>It's The Way You Feel: Feel like Christ and you will be a Christ; feel like Buddha and you will be a Buddha. It is feeling that is the life, the strength, the vitality, without which no amount of intellectual activity can reach God. </li></ul><ul><li>Set Yourself Free: The moment I have realized God sitting in the temple of every human body, the moment I stand in reverence before every human being and see God in him - that moment I am free from bondage, everything that binds vanishes, and I am free. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Continued <ul><li>6. Don't Play The Blame Game: Condemn none: if you can stretch out a helping hand, do so. If you cannot, fold your hands, bless your brothers, and let them go their own way. </li></ul><ul><li>7. Help Others: If money helps a man to do good to others, it is of some value; but if not, it is simply a mass of evil, and the sooner it is got rid of, the better. </li></ul><ul><li>8. Uphold Your Ideals: Our duty is to encourage every one in his struggle to live up to his own highest idea, and strive at the same time to make the ideal as near as possible to the Truth. </li></ul><ul><li>9. Listen To Your Soul: You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul. </li></ul><ul><li>10. Be Yourself: The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature. Have faith in yourselves! </li></ul>
  11. 11. Final continue <ul><li>11. Nothing Is Impossible: Never think there is anything impossible for the soul. It is the greatest heresy to think so. If there is sin, this is the only sin - to say that you are weak, or others are weak. </li></ul><ul><li>12. You Have The Power: All the powers in the universe are already ours. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it is dark. </li></ul><ul><li>13. Learn Everyday: The goal of mankind is knowledge... now this knowledge is inherent in man. No knowledge comes from outside: it is all inside. What we say a man 'knows', should, in strict psychological language, be what he 'discovers' or 'unveils'; what man 'learns' is really what he discovers by taking the cover off his own soul, which is a mine of infinite knowledge. </li></ul><ul><li>14. Be Truthful: Everything can be sacrificed for truth, but truth cannot be sacrificed for anything. </li></ul><ul><li>15. Think Different: All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secret of everything. </li></ul>
  12. 12. What are Muslim spiritual teachers called, and what do they do? <ul><li>The title of a Muslim spiritual leader is, a Sufi, dervishes. </li></ul><ul><li>Both are known for there lack of worldly care they do not bother with worldly indulgences they merely work to get enough food for themselves. </li></ul><ul><li>Both of them also seek the love of god and see no differences in humans every path leads to god in there point of view. </li></ul>
  13. 13. A famous Sufi is Jalaluddin Rumi <ul><li>Born September 29, 1207 in Persia . </li></ul><ul><li>Age 37 On Saturday, November 28, 1244 A.D. meets shams. </li></ul><ul><li>Age 39 Shams left Qonya and Rumi for the first time. </li></ul><ul><li>At sunset of December 16, 1273 A.D. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Poems of Rumi <ul><li>Art as Flirtation and Surrender   In your light I learn how to love.In your beauty, how to make poems.You dance inside my chest,where no one sees you,but sometimes I do,and that sight becomes this art. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;One went to the door of the Beloved and knocked. A voice asked, 'Who is there?'He answered, 'It is I.' The voice said, 'There is no room for Me and Thee.‘ The door was shut.After a year of solitude and deprivation he returned and knocked. A voice from within asked, 'Who is there?‘ The man said, 'It is Thee.‘ The door was opened for him.&quot; </li></ul>
  15. 15. How to read sufi books <ul><li>The key to understanding Rumi or any other Sufi is to understand the analogies that are being used. </li></ul><ul><li>For example beloved or lover are refferences for god or there spiritual masters, because they were so in love with god that they no longer considered themselves as part of this life they were intoxicated with love of god alone blind to the material world but not the godly world they believed that everything had gods presences in it and that evil happens because it may help someone out in the end. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Continued <ul><li>Their true inspiration for any of their works was the quran and secondly from spiritual trips which each individual experences while on the path of god. </li></ul><ul><li>They also drew on inspiration from the world which would remind them of god. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Compare and Contrast <ul><li>Compare </li></ul><ul><li>All three seeked out teachers along the path </li></ul><ul><li>They believed in the individuals rights to seek guidance from something higher </li></ul><ul><li>All three would use stores and analogies to help people understand. </li></ul><ul><li>All three ideal and stories have stood the test of time </li></ul><ul><li>Contrast </li></ul><ul><li>Came from different religions </li></ul><ul><li>Lived in different areas and practiced different religions. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Three men three religions one unifying principle.
  19. 19. There is only one god and many ways to reach him.