July 24, 2006
Regarding "Feed the Soul, Trim the Fat" (July 10) on spiritual diets: They are not new at all! We Jews have the original spiritual diet, namely kosher. This diet is still in effect and is probably the one Jesus would follow if he was as good a Jew as they say he was. To make any food even more spiritual, remember to say the appropriate bracha (blessing) prior to eating. MICHAEL PELL Los Angeles
May 27, 2006
I was shocked and dismayed to read Tim Rutten lament that when it comes to matters of faith, "the problem is that so many [Americans] think they can believe anything -- and that believing one thing doesn't preclude belief in another" ["Concoct a Word War? It Won't Crack This Code," May 20]. How many countless lives have been lost over the centuries because one religious ideology has insisted their beliefs precluded another's? And why should we (as Rutten suggests) want to "throttle" those who describe themselves as "spiritual" and are open-minded enough to include various religious icons in meditation altars in their yoga studios?
April 18, 2004
I respect the sincere beliefs and dedication of Christian missionaries who work in regions where there are other religious beliefs ("The Blood of the Lambs," by Claudia Kolker, March 28). On the other hand, while they are saying, "I'm here to help you," they also seem to be saying, "My religion is better than yours. You have to change." In stressing religious differences, we overlook the important features of respect, love, compassion, generosity and devotion that we all share and that can bind us together.
HOME & GARDEN
May 22, 2003 |
Lynda Guber's days sizzled with stress. Her husband, Peter, ran Sony Pictures. Everyone wanted favors. She had to change her life. Her first step: "I decided I would drop everything that didn't serve my dharma." When a yogi anointed her with the name of a Buddhist goddess, Tara, she took it as her own. Empowered by this beloved and compassionate deity, Tara Guber began to move down the spiritual path that led to the creation of her personal refuge, "a place to get away to serve the spirit."
January 4, 1992
My frustration has finally gotten the best of me. Reading David Gritten's report on the four-hour version of "Dances With Wolves" (" 'Dances With Wolves'--the Really Long Version," Dec. 20) was the last straw. Obviously Gritten and the London reviewers he mentions don't have a clue what this film is about. What everyone seems to have missed here is that main character John Dunbar undergoes a spiritual quest and is transformed. In the beginning we see him in soldier's clothing at war, riding back and forth with his arms out, truly a martyr for other people's sins.
April 8, 1990
The correct term for the plight of the runaways in Livingston, Mont., is spiritual abuse. Unfortunately, Americans have so little language for spiritual realities other than that provided by institutional religions that spiritual abuse goes unrecognized not only in this extreme case but in millions of American homes. If it were adults who were being forced into the spiritual practices described, it would be grounds for revolution. But because they are young adults, they forfeit our collective protection.