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Many times in the course of meditation you will think of things you'd rather be doing. There may be moments of boredom, of sexual desire, doubt, or fatigue. At these moments you must call upon your faith. Faith in what?... 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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Practices of purification are done in order to "cool us out," so we're not creating so much heavy karma for ourselves. We are constantly preoccupied with the creations of our minds. Einstein said, "The true value of a... Read more>
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To facilitate the exploration of the mind it is helpful to understand the various levels of reality, to examine the perceptual fields that different beings have, to see what different realities look like. It is well... Read more>
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As our roles shift in older age, so does our sense of community, and feelings of isolation often accompany elder life. When I spoke about this to Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Zen Master, he said that in spite of the... 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 remained... Read more>


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Babaji would sometimes wax eloquent while talking about contentment in life: "The real contentment comes only when there is no desire, no hankering in your mind for anything. How can you say that you have got everything... Read more>
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  Years back I'd heard a tale of horror, which happened to a young French girl traveling through India. She'd been fascinated by Aghori sadhus, who have a reputation for being way out on the fringes of the sadhu... Read more>
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KK Sah LOVE K.K. Sah  Enter into an Indian family and then you can understand love. Love does not wait for logic and is the easiest path of all. The first test of love is that it knows no bargaining—true love... Read more>
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  I was being visited by an American friend of mine who doesn't believe in God. I invited her to come and meet Maharaji but she resisted because she didn't believe in saints. I told her to come anyhow... Read more>
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  The following story takes place after Maharaji had taken his mahasamadhi (left his body). We had gone to India to meet Shri Siddhi Ma. Before going on to Kainchi, we were staying in Delhi. We went to do a... Read more>
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  Sometimes Maharaji would get angry... really angry. One time, we were sitting in the back of the temple with him and this guy who lived across the street named Purnanand, who Maharaji had known for many, many... Read more>
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An interview from the KQED “Meeting of the Ways” radio show, with Michael Toms and Will Noffke. Recorded in San Francisco, California on 10/18/1975. Part 1: Ram Dass speaks on his relationship with one of his... 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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Ram Dass’ audio programs Who You Are (Parts 1 and 2) are now available for streaming and download. Each part is roughly thirty minutes long, and explores why we're here on earth, using TV channels as metaphors to get... Read more>
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Judd Apatow sat down in his cluttered home office not long ago and introduced himself to Ram Dass, the spiritual teacher and author of the seminal book on meditation, Be Here Now. Apatow, the comic visionary and... 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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