Revealing the mystical secrets of Kabbalah.

Kabbalah is the ancient Jewish tradition of mystical interpretation of the Bible. It has been said it can take decades to study and truly comprehend Kabbalah’s lessons. Fortunately, I found a short cut.  The author and religious scholar Daniel C. Matt studied Kabbalah for decades and condensed his knowledge into an easy-to-read book titled The Essential [Read More…]

Is the key to knowing God, knowing yourself?

Did you read my last story about the hidden nature of God? I wrote about how it can sometimes seem that God is MIA—and how sages from Socrates to Meister Eckhart have told us the best way to find God is to look within ourselves. Nowhere is this message stronger than in the Gnostic Gospel [Read More…]

Does God have a secret hiding place?

Every now and then, we can have the feeling that God is missing in action. We feel the presence of God one day, usually when things are going well, and by the next day, the Divine has seemingly departed the premises, leaving us to our own devices. This feeling even struck the saintly Mother Teresa [Read More…]

Walt Whitman on God, America and Life.

In my neck of the woods, the name Walt Whitman is associated with a bridge that connects the southern part of Philadelphia with Camden, New Jersey. You’ll usually hear about “the Walt Whitman” in connection with traffic jams or lane closures. But while reading Mary Oliver’s Upstream, I was reminded that the real Walt was [Read More…]

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The Secret of Life according to the Bhagavad Gita.

The Bhagavad Gita is an ancient Hindu spiritual text whose name means “the song of the Lord”. Hindus believe the book, which they often refer to as the Gita, contains “the direct message of God” and it is common to find it on bedside tables in hotels in India, much like we find the Bible in [Read More…]

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What Thomas Edison sees when he sees God.

How do you picture God? I was raised in a Catholic family and attended weekly Catechism classes for years. As a youth and young man, I pictured God as an elderly man with a long beard. He sat on a throne in the clouds, draped in bed sheets, watching over the Earth. It was not [Read More…]

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“Jesus is just like you and me”: the radical message of R. W. Emerson.

Imagine graduating from one of the top religious schools in the country, entering the ministry, and after a few years deciding the job isn’t right for you. You find yourself troubled by public prayer, the act of communion, and most of all by the formality and stiffness of the church service itself. Well, if you’re [Read More…]

My wise 86-year old friend just passed away. Here are his final words.

I first met John Gray in early-2014. He was a reader of this column and we began a regular exchange of ideas via e-mail. I soon found myself collecting some of his choicest sayings and, to his great enjoyment, wrote a story about him titled Musings on God and Life from an 85-Year Old Expat [Read More…]

Norman Vincent Peale’s 7 life-changing words—and why some call them blasphemous.

Norman Vincent Peale may be best known as the author of The Power of Positive Thinking. First published in 1952, the book went on to sell 5 million copies and is still a Top-10 “religion & spirituality” book at Amazon today. It was one of 41 books Peale wrote during a distinguished life that included [Read More…]

NJ family wins $430 million Powerball lottery—claims “Divine Intervention”.

There was a recent story in the NY Times about a family in my home state of New Jersey that had just won the $429.6 million Powerball jackpot—and what made it interesting is the reason they believed they had won. Pearlie Mae Smith and her 7 adult children did not normally play the lottery. But [Read More…]