Spiritual Practices in Daily Life

with Ravi Ravindra
Saturdays, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. CDT
October 24 – November 14 (4 classes) 
 

Theosophical Society - Living the spiritual life. In this class, Ravi Ravindra explores engaging in spiritual practices in daily life.  Each class will participate in a guided meditation.All spiritual traditions have said that every level of consciousness in the universe is trying to evolve in order to return to the Source. To accomplish this, the spiritual element needs a body-mind – often simply called flesh or body. Spirit without body is lame, as body without spirit is blind.

We all spend much of our time and energy in ordinary life or daily activities. This is so even in monasteries, where each aspiring monk must engage in ordinary life activities of eating, sleeping, and cleaning. We will explore how we can undertake spiritual practice even while engaged in daily life.

Each class will include a short guided meditation and time for questions.

TS Members: $60 • Nonmembers: $75  

Registration includes on-demand access to recordings of all of the classes, which can be viewed for one week following the date they were presented.  

Register here 

 

Course Topics:

  1. Spiritual Practice in Daily Life: Yoga off the Mat

What is spiritual practice and what is daily life?  How do we engage in the practice while washing dishes or doing anything else? Is it necessary to leave the world and go to a monastery in order to undertake spiritual practice?

  1. Freedom from the Self 

Freedom from me-me-me is the prerequisite for the Truth or God to descend to me. An old Hasidic saying explains: “There is no room in him for God who is full of himself.” Christ said, “Unless you leave your self behind, you cannot be a follower of mine.”  

  1. No Action can be Right Unless the Actor is Right.

What is a right actor? It is more and more freedom from my will, my desire, my achievement to gradually become an instrument of the Divine will. Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita that "An accomplished Yogi sees that ‘I do nothing at all.’” Christ said, “I am not the author of the words I speak. I say what my Father in Heaven tells me to say.” 

  1. Action in the World and Freedom from the World

It is necessary for us to take care of the world by undertaking the right actions so that God’s will be done on the Earth as it is in Heaven. At the same time we must keep in mind that the real Kingdom that the great teachers like Christ, Buddha and Krishna invite us to come to is not of this world. The aim of spiritual practice is to be in the world but not of the world, and to come to a level of being from where compassion, love, and a sense of unity and service ooze out of the person, not as a decision but simply as the right order. 

Theosophical Society - Ravi Ravindra is an author and professor emeritus at Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he served as a professor in comparative religion, philosophy, and physics. A lifetime member of the Theosophical Society, Ravi has taught many courses at the School of the Wisdom in Adyar and at the Krotona Institute in Ojai, California. Ravi Ravindra is an author and professor emeritus at Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he served as a professor in comparative religion, philosophy, and physics. A lifetime member of the Theosophical Society, Ravi has taught many courses at the School of the Wisdom in Adyar and at the Krotona Institute in Ojai, California. He was a member of the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton, a fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study in Shimla, and the founding director of the Threshold Award for Integrative Knowledge. For more information visit www.ravindra.ca.

Program Format 

This is a live, interactive online class that will also be recorded for on-demand viewing. Our goal is to send recordings to you within two business days, often sooner. Recordings will be available for on-demand viewing for one week following each class date.  

Software Platform

Zoom for Windows, Mac, or mobile device; minimum recommended network bandwidth 1.5 Mbps. Please download Zoom for free at zoom.us/download, and test your connection at zoom.us/test. Please email webinars@theosophical.org for further information.


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