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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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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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Ask yourself: Where am I?  Answer: Here.  Ask yourself: What time is it?  Answer: Now.  Say it until you can hear it.  Set alarm clocks or design your day or put up notes on the wall so that a number of... Read more>
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Imagine feeling more love from someone than you have ever known. You're being loved even more than your mother loved you when you were an infant, more than you were ever loved by your father, your child, or your most... 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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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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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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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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Judaism is a spiritual path, a set of practices intended to facilitate living an awakened life. Passover is the Jewish holiday celebrating the Exodus from Egypt, the holiday of freedom. During the Passover Seder, Jewish... Read more>
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Our primary goal at LSRF is to create channels of insight to share with everyone who seeks truth, giving back to the community that supports us by providing articles, audio and video offerings, podcasts, webcasts with... 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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