Issue #3



 Table of Contents for #3

5 Wisdom Facets from the Gem of Truth
Teachings from Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi, Swami Vivekananda, the direct disciples, and the devotees. 7 Excerpts from the Prajnaparamita Sutra
by Lex Hixon
From Lex Hixon’s book, Mother of the Buddhas, come several illuminating teachings of Lord Buddha which He transmitted in an unprecedented flow of profound wisdom on Vulture Peak. What the Sermon on the Mount is to Christianity, this great scripture called the Prajnaparamita is to the Buddhist faith, comprising over 20,000 verses in its original entirety.

10 Introduction to the Upanishads
by Swami Sunirmalananda
Swami Sunirmalananda introduces some of the basic features of the Upanishads in this informative article which covers the history and content of these ancient, great and unique scriptures.

13 Message of the Upanishads
by Swami Ranganathananda
We are honored to include in this issue of Nectar some writings of Swami Ranganathananda on the sacred scriptures of India, taken from the Introduction of his book, Message of the Upanishads.

15 Hearing Vedanta
by Annapurna Sarada
This extremely beneficial contribution explores and clarifies the meanings of particular words in Sanskrit, which, when translated into English, convey incomplete or even false ideas and information. This article will become a featured column in future issues.

18 Torah Study
by Rabbi Ariel Stone-Halpern
Ever since Sinai, Jews have encountered God as a community. In this personable expose, Rabbi Stone- Halpern explains the necessity and blessing of Torah study, the heart of Jewish life. 19 Deeper Study of Scripture
by Rabbi Rami Shapiro
In his second contribution to Nectar, Rabbi Rami Shapiro takes us deep into the world of scriptural study, carefully defining the distinction between what is sacred and what is truly holy.

21 Light on Light
by Llewellyn Vaughn Lee
These eloquent writings on the “Light Sura” from sacred Quran express some of its profound teachings while beautifully describing the inner mystery of the play of lover and Beloved.

24 Stories as Scripture
by Babaji Bob Kindler
From a manuscript in progress called, An Extensive Anthology of Sri Ramakrishna’s Stories, several selections from Sri Ramakrishna’s bountiful treasurehouse of over 1000 spiritually based stories are rendered through commentaries. In subsequent issues, more of these stories will be presented individually in a column in ongoing fashion.