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Try these directions for mindfulness of breathing, a basic concentration practice: When you're ready to meditate, close your eyes and bring your attention to the motion of your breath as it enters and leaves your... Read more>


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itsallperfect

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Having been in the presence of Maharaj-ji, I have come to trust the way a being like that is in the universe. It’s like knowing somebody who lives a little farther up the mountain and can see farther than you can.... Read more>
knowing

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How do you reconcile faith and reason? Well, as I feel it now, we have come out of a period where in the evolutionary journey of us as beings, Man evolves these great frontal lobes and this capacity for rational thought... Read more>
STUFF

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We can't mask impurities for very long. When we suppress or repress them, they gain energy. Eventually we all have to deal with our same old karmic obstacles. Maharaj-ji used to enumerate them with regularity: kama,... Read more>
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  We have to constantly ask ourselves, "How do I use my every moment to get there?"  It's got to be done with the flow of love and the quietness of mind. It's like the women in India who go to the well and come... Read more>
lessismore

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Silence is the garden of meditation. - Ali Meditation helps other parts of your life become more simple. As you enter quieter spaces you will see how clinging to desires has made your life complicated. Your clinging... Read more>
judging

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Love it the way it is. - Thaddeus Golas Our deep conditioning from school exams, grades, and the like gives us the habit of looking at every achievement competitively, in terms of where we stand. How are we doing:... Read more>
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The variations in Maharaji's use of the word "jao" were infinite - from a bellow (sometimes preceded by "Ap !") for the recalcitrant to a tender, "Jao, Ma..." as he gently patted a woman devotee bowing at his... Read more>


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maharajisfeet

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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>
youhavetosacrificesomthing

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Once a Mother came to Maharaji and said, "Maharaji, you always talk about worldly things - how many children, how much education, which job, how much money. Why don't you teach us about Brahm (the... Read more>
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On October 12, 1974, a holiday, I went out to a bookshop about twelve o'clock. My mother, my auntie, my brother, all were sitting on the porch. About one o'clock I returned and went through Babaji's room to go to my... Read more>
sweetnessweremember

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Babaji could be so very affectionate, behaving just like a son to the Mothers. His great power, the miracles and such, no doubt were there, but the very soft, delicate, sweet and innocent impressions left by him... Read more>
maharajiheadtilt

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Once I found myself becoming very angry while at Maharaji's temple. Most of the anger was directed against my fellow Western devotees. Although there were perhaps some justifiable reasons for the anger, the fever pitch... Read more>
saints

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Saints are one in their work as divine channels. They link us up with the source from which all bliss flows: love. They bake the unbaked pots and make them fit to receive the divine bliss. They illuminate the path by... Read more>
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We suffer when there is an imbalance between our inner truth and the way we live our lives. Responding to a comment by one of the participants at the 1993 "Wisdom Heart" retreat, Ram Dass gave this lecture about... Read more>


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heartofcompassion

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What's true?: Ram Dass speaks about cultivating compassion throughout ones spiritual journey in this ten part audio series. Image by Alice Popkorn via Flickr. Used under the creative commons... 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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PART 1: In this address, to the Bassett Hospital staff in Cooperstown, NY, Ram Dass points to the mystical perspective of life being seen as a preparation for death. He discusses different ways we can approach death... Read more>
consciousagingrevised

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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>
hgmadhava

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In May of this year my good friend Sridhar invited me to a Hare Krishna Kirtan conclave in North Carolina, saying he knew how much I loved Kirtan. He also knew that I was a little shy of the ISCON movement in general... 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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beherenow

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I’m not really sure how one can adequately put into words the power and utterly intense compassion in which one meets Ram Dass, whether through his inspiring works, or in person. He’s only been in my life now for... Read more>
ramram

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by Ramgiri (www.skillsforawakening.com) Satsang, the Buddha said, is the most important component of spiritual life. Just how true this is I found out during this years guru purnima celebration at the Hanuman Temple in... Read more>
whitetara

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To the God that wears many masks, I raise my hands in prayer above my head as if to ever so lightly touch Heaven, and say softly, 'Amen' To Kali who just decapitated me again I say thank you, the smoke I had... Read more>
potterywheel

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Written by Julia Greef As I was thinking about what to make on the potters’ wheel today, in the sense of trying to get a feel for what wants to come through me and given form and expression, I remembered how much we,... Read more>
shevanerad

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I have never had the pleasure of meeting Ram Dass in person. When I was 13, my parents sent me to yoga and meditation classes because they thought I had insomnia and it would help. (What they didn’t know was that I... Read more>
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It was 1970 in Washington, D.C. Friends played a tape recorded lecture in which Ram Dass described his journey to India and his transformation from Harvard professor to intrepid explorer of the mind to spiritual seeker... Read more>
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