“All one’s happiness is in making ego a servant; all one’s misery is in making ego the master.”

Vicarious Compassion Workshop/Love In Action Service

Meet up under the Sukkah (figuratively) at Temple Beth Torah in Ventura this Wednesday Ocotober 8, 2014 to consider the question: “What is it like to be almost homeless?”

We will have the privilege of hearing from those who have lived through the turmoil of housing insecurity first-hand. The telling of their personal experiences will offer us a real-life view of the variety of circumstances that can render someone vulnerable to the out-of-reach housing rates in Ventura County. 

Almost Homeless
Wed., October 8, 7:00pm
Temple Beth Torah

7620 Foothill Road Ventura, CA 93004
And should your compassion now be direct, you are also invited to join us October 18 and 19th in Oxnard, serving with doctors who offer  free medical exams for anyone who wishes, plus two bags of groceries per family. (Message me for details). No donations or fees of any kind are asked or accepted.
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Straddling two worlds…

Sai bhakthas sometimes sing the English bhajan: “Delusions are many, but underneath them all there’s one reality…”

To discern each of the many delusions arising in one’s life can require a lot of energy and doubt– yet discerning the
basis of all delusion may occur in an instant. Integrating that realization, though… that may take a while.

(Living in two worlds is not easy, not for a while, you know.)

Indeed the clear distinction between delusion, hysteria, and direct experience of reality is a skill-set which aspirants
within all religions address. Often that discipline begins with the development of (‘to be graced with’) attention,
humility, and devotion–

but not all express that in the same way. Some are more lucid, others more poetic, and some are silent.

One person whom I believe is maturing in the discernment of delusion from reality (meaning to live with both feet on the
ground yet with heart in heaven) is the world-renowned businessman and oft-recognized Sai devotee, Isaac Tigrett.

I first met Isaac in 1976 in Prashanthi, a time in which he was shown to be most generous and most serious in his devotion.
(This was during the long period in which Swami did not speak to him.) Over the next four decades We met at Sai functions,
but we never became close friends, Still, as Isaac is famous I have been able to hear in his own words, via Youtube and
other interviews, how he discerns delusion from reality.

It seems to me that Isaac is at the point now where he no longer sees a difference between the inner Swami and the outer
Form, in that he no longer mentions whether “Swami said to me” means Swami spoke to him in person, or Swami spoke in
spirit, or dreams, or intuition spoke to him.

Too, I note that nowadays Isaac has his own time-frame. (“Jesus lived two hundred twelve thousand years ago,” and “Mohammed
died nine hundred years ago,” and “Swami died at the exact moment Jesus died on the cross.”) These statements, together
with his obvious good-will and humour, suggest Isaac is straddling two worlds.

Because I myself am stumbling among the worlds, I ask my buds to watch this video with care and affection, and to overlook
verbal gaffes such as “Bhavagad Gita.” (Living in two worlds, is not easy.)