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Meditation texts name certain mental states that are hindrances. Try to be aware and work to overcome them in your meditation. The major unhelpful states are: tiredness and torpor, strong desires, distractedness,... Read more>


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"Knowing others is wisdom; knowing the self is enlightenment." - Tao Te Ching You cross the street to avoid looking in the eyes of a homeless woman. Your heart is calling, but you don't respond. Why? Maybe it's because... Read more>
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The most important aspect of love is not in giving or the receiving: it’s in the being. When I need love from others, or need to give love to others, I’m caught in an unstable situation. Being in love, rather than... Read more>
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My interest in aging came from a personal direction: I was getting older — and so were the baby boomers, who were fast approaching fifty. In this youth-oriented culture, aging is a profound source of suffering, and... Read more>
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Issues of sexuality, gender, and spirituality have come out of the closet since the Sixties. Because of midwives and hospices, even birth and death are out as well. Aging remains one of our culture's last taboos.... Read more>
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"When you are with someone you love very much, you can talk and it is pleasant, but the reality is not in the conversation. It is simply in being together. Meditation is the highest form of prayer. In it you... Read more>
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One morning Babaji was in his small room in Kainchi. A sadhu with a half-dozen of his disciples came for Baba's darshan. I took them to his room. After they had taken their seat, Babaji said, "This is Mahant... Read more>


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One day when we Westerners had been sent to the rear of the temple grounds, as was usual during the day, I decided (for sentimental reasons) to go upstairs in the building I had lived in in 1967 and sit in my old room.... Read more>
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  There was a very heavy flood, and the water of both the Ganges and Jamuna (Yamuna) had risen to a high level in Allahabad. The currents were very strong. Some stones of the adjoining fort were washed away, and... Read more>
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  A large number of Westerners were being housed in an empty house belonging to one of the Indian devotees. We filled it with our bodies from wall to wall. Each day we would make our way to Dada's house where... Read more>
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  Maharaji had instructed me to be by myself and not to speak much. He had also told me to focus upon my anja and think of him; so one summer when we were in Kainchi, some fifty miles from where Maharaji was, I... Read more>
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  When Maharajji had drawn anyone to him, he cared for and protected that person. He would provide whatever was needed. Whether you took it or not, that was up to you. Occasionally, however, he did force. One... Read more>
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  Dada Mukerjee & a photo of Maharaji In the beginning of May, Didi and I used to go to Kainchi for our uninterrupted stay of three months. Babaji had left Allahabad after Holi, and we were looking... Read more>
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Recorded at the Conscious Aging conference sponsored by the Omega Institute in 1992 on the nature of change and facing death with Ram Dass. This conscious aging conference was the first of its kind on aging. Ram... Read more>


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How can we use our emotions positively on our spiritual path? How do you acknowledge others hurting you? How do you deal with anger? Ram Dass answers questions on these topics in this audio set. "When you want to... Read more>
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How can we use our emotions positively on our spiritual path? How do you acknowledge others hurting you? How do you deal with anger? Ram Dass answers questions on these topics in this audio set. "When you want to... Read more>
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How can we use our emotions positively on our spiritual path? How do you acknowledge others hurting you? How do you deal with anger? Ram Dass answers questions on these topics in this audio set. "When you want to... Read more>
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Ram Dass talks about the promises and the pitfalls of the spiritual path, and the shift of reality that happened in the sixties that was predicated by psychedelics. This shift blew apart the traditional religious... Read more>
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People awaken through a wider variety of paths than anticipated; there are other ways of knowing things than through the senses and the thinking mind. Clip from a lecture in San Francisco, California,... Read more>
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Ram Dass talks about the predicament of moving from the role of thinking you're a person doing good for others to a place where your righteousness dissolves and you can simply relate to another being as a soul. From... Read more>
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It is quite a different experience, in some ways, every time we go to India. In this case, the biggest thing about India, ultimately, is really well expressed in one of the Sutras, which loosely says “In order to... Read more>


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