Practical Humility

“Humility is perfect quietness of heart. It is to expect nothing, to wonder at nothing that is done to me, to feel nothing done against me. It is to be at rest when nobody praises me, and when I am blamed or despised.”
― Andrew Murray

2017-06-26T20:32:02+00:00 June 26th, 2017|0 Comments


On Sat, June 6, a magnificent statue of Lord Ganesha was installed in the stairwell leading up to the Institute.  It is the generous donation of a sangha member, Will Tyagan Abel, who acquired it from Bali, where it was carved from river rock. Weighing about 400 lbs, it took 5 of us to lift it into place, where it is surrounded by some of the most prolific and exquisite roses our garden has ever produced.

We immediately did an arati and made petal offerings to welcome Lord Ganesha’s presence.

2017-06-23T21:47:13+00:00 June 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

The Benefit of Looking Up to Others

“As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on thing and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down you cannot see something that is above you.”
― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

2017-06-21T20:12:43+00:00 June 21st, 2017|0 Comments

A Greater Intelligence

We develop humility when we recognize the limitations of the ego-oriented mind to know the truth.  We may see how influenced the mind is by its desires, by the things it thinks will give rise to happiness.

Ultimately, we will all see that the mind is meant to be an instrument of a much greater intelligence, and when the mind is guided by that spiritual source of wisdom within, great things can happen.

2017-06-15T21:55:09+00:00 June 15th, 2017|0 Comments