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Spiritual Reality Plainly Seen

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Comments to the Interfaith Prayer Service in Celebration of Women's History Month

April 2nd, 2022

Remarks on the Divine presence in women, offered during the Interfaith Prayer Service in Celebration of Women's History Month

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Our Times Our Life

April 2nd, 2022


This episode describes positioning ourselves in time, and filling that time with ways that create ease of life

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On Speech

March 20th, 2022


This episode has been published and can be heard everywhere your podcast is available.

This episode reflects related the social and political …

Interview on "People of the Book" with Professor Craig Considine

March 5th, 2022


The Christians that lived around the Arabian Peninsula during Muhammad's lifetime are shrouded in mystery. Some of the stories of the Prophet's …

New York State Assemblyman, Nader Sayegh hosts 37th Annual World Interfaith Month Celebration

February 27th, 2022


Here are brief remarks from Twelve Gates President, Dr. Frank Kaufmann at the 37th Annual World Interfaith Month Celebration hosted by New York State Assemblyman, Nader Sayegh

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On Patience and Forgiveness: A message for World Interfaith Harmony Week

February 3rd, 2022


Dr. Frank Kaufmann speaks at the opening ceremony for World Interfaith Harmony Week, (established at the United Nations in 2010)

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Urgent Action to Rescue Afghanis from Taliban Genocide

November 5th, 2021


An interview with Congressman Mark Siljander about his international efforts to rescue vulnerable Afghanis from terror and extermination under …

Evil and Harm: In me, and in society at large

October 17th, 2021


This episode looks into the nature of evil and temptation, how it is resisted and overcome, and how I should relate to others in society, including …

9/11, the Psalms, and Peace: An Interview with Professor Luonne Rouse

September 11th, 2021


Professor Luonne Rouse offers thoughts and hope on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the US homeland.

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Freedom and Environments

August 8th, 2021


This episode looks at better and more effective ways to improve ourselves and to help others. Ways that encourage and support, rather than force and …

Love, Power, Addiction

August 2nd, 2021


This episode shows how Love and power are mutually exclusive, and how addiction to power is the ultimate self defeating paradox.

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Being, Doing, Dying

July 20th, 2021


This episode looks at what happens to us when we die. How our lives are assessed.

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Skills, Goodness, and Spiritual Practice

July 11th, 2021


This episode explains important distinctions between two separate areas of self-improvement, skills, and goodness, with special emphasis on opportunities and even dangers if this is not considered in the arena of …

Contend, Reconcile, Bequeath

June 27th, 2021


This episode looks at 3 life tasks, and our unique ways to succeed.

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Dreams and Reforms, Refining my Life

June 13th, 2021


This episode looks at the challenging work of organizing our passions and talents as part of succeeding in life and realizing our dreams 

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On Relationships

June 8th, 2021


This episode walks through the reality that everything from our first breath to our last, and every last wonder in between are relationships. In the end Love is all.

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The relationship between Spiritual and Practical pursuits

June 4th, 2021


This episode looks at what elements are similar, and what elements are different when trying to accomplish our life goals in these two distinct arenas of our lives 

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Voces 2, What is the promise of a good or religious life

May 31st, 2021


This episode responds to the questions raised in Voces 1 yesterday that asking about God's omnipotence. What are benefits from choosing good and sacrificial lives?

Voces de Fe, Is God All Powerful

May 31st, 2021


This episode looks into the question of if life really goes better for good or religious people. 

On Being and Becoming

May 25th, 2021


This episode looks at purpose, Being, and becoming. Can they exist harmoniously in our lives?  Or do they work against each other?

On Love and Truth

May 20th, 2021


This episode introduces three things: 1. Love and Truth are not as separated as most people think, 2. Truth seeking (like love) requires action. It is not attained from afar, and 3. Truth carries Love, it is the face of …

On Aging

May 17th, 2021


This episode examines the benefits and contributions unique to getting older.

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Expanding goodness: Balancing family and professional life

April 28th, 2021


This episode examines efforts and challenges to balance family life and public, professional life.
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Balancing Optimism and Criticism

April 11th, 2021


This episode reflections on the contemporary fear of honest self reflection, and its impact of public, social life. 

Simple Honor

April 5th, 2021


This episode looks into timeless goodness. Can some of it be bred into the digital age? 

What do you want to love

March 12th, 2021


This episode examines ways to transcend important differences between tribes and cultures

Extremes, Longing, Cancel Culture

February 28th, 2021


This episode looks at the role of difference in making life exciting 

Building Memories

February 23rd, 2021


This episode examines the role of memory in creating better selves

Before Change

February 15th, 2021


This episode examines how to set the conditions and environments that help us realize the good and the change we hope to effect 

The ideal, our judgement, our accomplishment

February 10th, 2021


Managing the fine line between humility, confidence, and success

Patterns and Inspiration: We can play a role

February 3rd, 2021


This episode offers thoughts on stepping out of a passive posture vis a vis the all important role that inspiration plays in our lives and pursuits 

Love Code

January 26th, 2021


This podcast looks at Love (and Marriage) from what I believe is a unique, and very helpful angle. The key lies in the concept of offering

Real Virtue

January 20th, 2021


This episode describes a unique concept that has potential to help us succeed at creating the good for all we naturally desire 

The Weave: Word and substance

January 13th, 2021


This episode introduces vying impulses in religion and spiritual life that has to do with teachings, and masters

The Pull

January 11th, 2021


This episode examines benefits from having towering life goals, and relating to them honorably

Seeing Through

December 31st, 2020


This episode looks at aspects of human relationships; time, direction, and seeing people more deeply 

How Constantly Difficult the Path

December 25th, 2020


This episode examines why striving to be good often is met by struggles and challenges 

My Best

December 8th, 2020


This episode looks at what I call a temporal map, in relation to being grounded and invested in a reasonable and effective pursuit of our ideals

Two Selves, two energies, a better world

December 6th, 2020


This episode looks at harmonizing oneself toward the Good

Boundary lines and goodness

December 1st, 2020


This podcast identifies three important boundary lines that require people of goodness to pay close attention to

Good with me in the middle

November 24th, 2020


This episode looks at the structure of good actions and the relationship between the object of your service, and the object of your devotions

Tradition in a Grain of Sand

November 16th, 2020


This episode considers a starting point for goodness, and the advantages we inherit

The Shortest Distance

November 9th, 2020


This episode examines how religious life (the love of God) and earthly, loving relationships are related and similar 

The Class Obstacle

October 19th, 2020


This episode looks at ways to help dissolve the conflict and struggles that arise from class difference 

Types of Knowledge and Intergenerational Relationships

October 14th, 2020


This episode discusses how elder and younger people can work more harmoniously to improve society

Incrementalism, Familiarity, and the Fantastic

October 7th, 2020


This episode introduces ways you can reliably increase your perception of spiritual reality, and increase your spiritual powers

From Invisible to Visible - Natural Manifestation

September 25th, 2020


This episode looks at the invisible dimensions of bearing and having children, augmenting our natural and more common sense of the physical dimensions. 

The Decline of Institutional Religion

September 16th, 2020


This episode that reflects on the loss of two key elements needed for true and rigorous spiritual growth, that happens with the decline of institutional religion

The Cure for Things like 9/11

September 11th, 2020


This episode describes structures of being human, and dimensions of our relationship with ourselves and the world that could provide paths toward …

Who is beside you?

September 6th, 2020


This episode looks at the different types of people who surround us, even in life and death situations

Get Out There First - Thoughts on How to Pray

August 18th, 2020


This short episode takes up a single point of major significance for matters related to prayer and spiritual growth

Ideals for Muslim - Christian Relations: Twelve Gates Interview with Mr. Safi Kaskas

August 14th, 2020


This interview with Safi Kaskas goes deeply into Christian - Muslim relations, with an especial focus on scripture, theology, and doctrine. The …

Ideals for Muslim - Christian Relations: PWPA Interview with Mr. Safi Kaskas

August 14th, 2020


This interview with Safi Kaskas goes deeply into Christian - Muslim relations, with an especial focus on scripture, theology, and doctrine. The …

Two Gifts of Conscience for Those Who Strive

August 3rd, 2020


This episode examines inner gifts that make it possible for us to become better people, and better able to realize the good we hope to achieve

Strangely, the Task that Lies before Us

July 20th, 2020


This episode looks at the basic sub-demographics in world affairs, issues of conflict and purpose, and our own responsibility in it all 

On Being Human

July 12th, 2020


This episode examines what precisely distinguished being human from all other animals and sentient creatures

Love and Paradox

June 29th, 2020


This episode looks at what makes love blossom, and weaves these things from "shoulds" to the natural flow of life

Commitment and Perseverance

June 22nd, 2020


Thoughts on when and how to start big things, challenging projects. When it's scary to move ahead. How can we decide when to act? 

On Race, Justice, and Violence in America. Thoughts from a Hindu Perspective, with Acharya Shrivatsa Goswami

June 19th, 2020


America faces severe challenges from violent insurgents claiming to act in relation to race inequities in America, This conversation sheds light on …

We Cannot Solve Problems by Halves

June 17th, 2020


This episode examines why problems remain despite remarkable advances in science 

A Life of Goodness

June 14th, 2020


This episode looks at questions like parental expectations, the professions we choose, and ultimately the preference for a meaningful life

Love, Death, the End of Selfishness

June 8th, 2020


This podcast looks at the basis, and the tough questions for living a loving life

Creativity, Simplicity, Balance

May 31st, 2020


This episode describes the path to attaining balance in life, balance through which we can discover divine light

Direction not Rules: The Close Walk of Spiritual Life

May 25th, 2020


This episode challenges the unexamined assumption that self improvement succeeds by adhering to rules for life

Geometry, Mind, and Identity

May 7th, 2020


This episode examines the path to realizing a clear and constant identity and purpose

Peace and Lineage part 2

May 3rd, 2020


This continues the inquiry into our conflict within, the path and way out, and the unique place this achievement holds, even among many other blessed …

Peace and Lineage part 1

May 1st, 2020


This is the first of a two part comment that examines war and peace, internal struggle, the path to resolution, and how and why resolution is possible

Expertise and Sacrifice

April 26th, 2020


What does it mean to be ready to die for what we believe in 

Christ and Ego

April 24th, 2020


This episode introduces a secret inherent in spiritual systems that inhibit the arising of ego

Love, Conflict, and Competition

April 14th, 2020


What is the difference between conflict and competition? Does competitiveness lead to conflict?

The Liberation of Conscience

April 13th, 2020


What would the conscience teach us were it not opposed?

Ambition and Love

April 9th, 2020


This episode looks at the relationship between ambition and desire, and love

The Paradox of Self Value

April 5th, 2020


Thoughts based on how appreciation can lead to self value

Attaining Our Desires

March 21st, 2020


Our efforts to improve involve a three part relationship. Most people see improvement efforts as involving only two parts of ourselves

Equilibrium, Peace, and Tranquility

March 11th, 2020


How to find peace among people set against you

The Degree to Which We Are Loved

March 1st, 2020


An brief inquiry on knowing we are loved

Reflections on Conscience

February 29th, 2020


Do all people have a conscience? Why are some people able to do bad things?

Structure and Dynamics of Love

February 27th, 2020


This episode looks into efforts to examine and explain the all important reality of love in more clear and specific ways 

Time Measures Value

January 28th, 2020


An examination of the pursuit of money, power, and knowledge

Directions and Techniques for Reconciliation

January 27th, 2020


A brief pair of thoughts about structures of conflict, and ways toward harmony

Get Grounded 5 - Community and final thought

January 15th, 2020


Final thoughts for the get grounded workshop

Get Grounded 4 - Living among different religions

January 14th, 2020


This introduces a metaphor between self improvement, and religious and spiritual improvement

Get Grounded 3 - on Fanaticism

January 13th, 2020


A brief word on what causes religious fanaticism, how to avoid it, and to respond to it

Get Grounded 2 - A meaningful relationship with God

January 10th, 2020


Transcendence and Immanence. Within and without. 

Surprising good can come from respect and openness to other's religions

September 16th, 2019


Imam Aquil was in an elevator on Shabbat in Israel. What he learned there, led to him writing a book for Islam!

Expanding and Integrating Virtues to Seek Greater Peace

September 15th, 2019


Thus episode looks to see if the classical Asian virtue of Filial Piety can be augmented to produce peace at levels larger than merely creating good families

On the El Paso and Dayton Shootings published originally on the morning of August 4

August 12th, 2019


On the morning after two shootings in the US, I published this call for Democrats and Republicans to mourn, pray, and serve together, offering NO analysis during the time of mourning

Trouble in Jerusalem during Muslim and Jewish Holy Days

August 12th, 2019


This post describes how better precautions could have prevented a dangerous clash that occurred at Masjid Al Aqua this morning

Reflections on Psalms 85:10

July 31st, 2019


This first effort to experiment with creating a podcast, in ways has more to do with coming to terms with the tech, but hopefully has content …

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