Meeting in the Heart with Prajnaparamita – Speak to me my Lord

Meeting in the Heart
Satsang with Prajnaparamita on Awakening, Love, Truth and Compassion

Born and living in the Netherlands, Prajnaparamita has been in search of her true nature all her life. Initially investigating and studying psychology, religion and philosophy, she eventually met a truly awakened soul and surrendered her heart, her mind and her life. Over several decades Prajnaparamita received a rich vista of non-dual teachings: Advaita Vedanta, Mahayana Buddhism, Zen and Ch’an.

After her enlightenment, more than a decade ago, Prajnaparamita was assigned by her spiritual Master, ShantiMayi, to be a Guru herself and ‘spread the light all over the world.’

Since then she has unceasingly offered satsang* and intensives worldwide, inspiring all who are longing to awaken to their inherent Buddha nature.

Her teachings are no teachings really. In the togetherness of the satsang, in her response to questions being asked about all aspects of life, there is a spontaneous expression of universal truth, as an ongoing encouragement to come to rest in natural peace.

The Crucial Distinction Between Your Soul and Your Spirit [updated Oct 24, 2015]

Best-selling author Thomas Moore has dedicated his life to exploring the questions at the heart of theology. In his studies, Thomas, who earned his doctorate in religious studies and spent 13 years as a Roman Catholic monk, discovered a significant difference between what people call the soul and what people call the spirit.

Many people — including Oprah — have used the words “spirit” and “soul” interchangeably, but to do so isn’t quite accurate, according to one religious scholar. Thomas Moore has been a lifelong spiritual seeker and teacher who spent 13 years as a Catholic monk before earning his PhD in religious studies, and as he explains on an episode of “SuperSoul Sunday,” the spirit and the soul are actually two very different things.

“The spirit is that part of us and part of our life that wants more, that wants to transcend, that wants to grow, that wants to move into a better world, that wants to improve ourselves,” Moore says. “So, even going to school might be a movement of the spirit… Or picking up a book you want to read.”

The soul, on the other hand, thrives on something other than transcendence and knowledge.

“The soul — the deep soul — has more to do with things that are very ordinary, part of ordinary life that you feel intimately,” Moore says. “The first point about the soul, is the soul needs a home. It needs a sense of home.

“We all may be looking for a place where we can say, ‘I’m in the right part of the world,’ or, ‘I’m in the right town or the right area or the right house,'” he continues. “That sense of home, of being there where you need to be, this is a very ancient idea. That is kind of a basis for the soul: to really feel at home.”

A home isn’t all the soul needs, Moore adds. It also thrives on attachment.

“The soul will attach itself,” he says. “Soul mates, we’re attached to that person… And we’re attached to families and to our kids and to pets and to things — even objects, even things that we own. We become attached. That’s a sign of a real soulful life, that you’re able to make that attachment.”

On the contrary, the spirit likes to be detached and seek transcendence, as it has done from the day we were born, Moore says.

“We are spiritual, it’s a natural thing. I don’t think that you have to be taught to be spiritual,” he explains. “You already are. If you’ve ever just walked through a garden and stopped to look at a flower or something and be taken in by it, that’s a spiritual act, right there.”

~ Lisa Capretto

In his latest book, Writing in the Sand, Thomas Moore finds striking new meaning in the rich stories and imagery of the Gospels, recasting Jesus not as a teacher of morals and beliefs but as a spiritual visionary with a radical vision for humanity. This highly original take on the Gospels offers a fresh, new way of imagining human life and society. It presents Jesus not as the founder of a religion but as a world reformer offering a spiritual path to everyone, from every background. It offers a personal spirituality fit for the twenty-first century, where the individual bears responsibility for meaning and for a creative, convivial way of life.
In his examination of the original Greek texts, Moore dismisses the cautionary voice of tradition and explores the deeper significance of language, stressing the origins of words and the many levels of meaning in stories and imagery. Through his study, Moore shows that the teachings of Jesus are challenging in a far different way than the moralism often associated with them. Based on being open to life, deepening your understanding, and giving up all defensiveness around your convictions, the Gospels can be the source of a new kind of certainty and stability that cannot be codified and enshrined in a list of rules. Writing in the Sand presents the essence of Jesus’ teachings and offers a way of understanding them intelligently and devotedly in the twenty-first century.

Thomas Moore is the author of Care of the Soul, which spent forty-six weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, and fifteen other books on deepening spirituality and cultivating the soul in every aspect of life. He has been a monk, a musician, a university professor, and a psychotherapist, and today he lectures widely on holistic medicine, spirituality, psychotherapy, and ecology. He also writes fiction and music and often works with his wife, artist and yoga instructor Joan Hanley. He writes regular columns for Resurgence, Spirituality & Health, and He has two children and lives in New England.

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Thomas Moore: “God Is in the Space Between Sentences” | Super Soul Sunday | Oprah Winfrey Network

Thomas Moore has spent decades searching for the answers to big questions. The respected scholar lived for 13 years as a Roman Catholic monk, earned a doctorate in religious studies and published 16 books on related topics. Along his journey, he discovered that the word “God” may not be an adequate description of the divine presence at the heart of everything.

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