Interpretingsuffering

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One difficulty most of us have is interpreting our suffering, and our doubts, and our confusion, and our loss of faith as part of the process of awakening. We keep feeling we fell out of grace - we blew it. "Why aren't... Read more>


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learningtogrieve2

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It is important, as we get older, to learn how to grieve. Although this may sound self-evident, experience has taught me that it is not. In a culture that emphasizes stoicism and forward movement, in which time is... Read more>
flowers

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As you pass through life on the way to God, what's important is not what you experience, but how you identify with or cling to what you experience. Depending on your method, an experience may be figure or ground on your... Read more>
onjudgment

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Watch how your mind judges. Judgment comes, in part, out of your own fear. You judge other people because you're not comfortable in your own being. By judging, you find out where you stand in relation to other people.... Read more>
needforaguru

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Regarding the question of whether you need a guru: there are stages in your development where you need a guru. However, you've got to understand what a guru is. A guru is not a teacher. The relation between the guru and... Read more>
youaretheuniverse

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Not everyone is ready to talk with you about dying. We have to honor all of our individual differences. Years ago my father was about to have a minor surgery, and the night before, I visited him in the hospital. No... Read more>
maharajismile

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If I am in my soul, when I look at others, I see their souls. I still see the individual differences - men and women, rich and poor, attractive and unattractive, and all that stuff. But when we recognize each other as... Read more>
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gooddoctor

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While in Madras one day, Maharajji said, “I want to show my eyes to a good doctor. Who is a good doctor here?” I told him that there was a specialist nearby. Maharajji said, “All right. I’ll show my eyes to... Read more>


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nkbfromafar

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Tuma karuna ke sagara Tuma palana karata Mein sevaka tuma swami Kripa karo bharata Om jaya jagadeesha hare. You are an ocean of compassion You are the sustainer I am the servant, you the Lord Grant me your... Read more>
divinepersonhumanframe

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Babaji was known as a great saint — a highly realized soul with all the spiritual powers. Writing about Baba, Swami Vijayananda, a disciple of Anandamayi Ma, called him "a yogi whose name radiates an aura of mystery... Read more>
hanumanji

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As I have said before, when I first met Babaji I was not at all interested in sadhus or saints. It was out of sheer grace that he visited our house. Although many unusual things were happening, we failed to realize... Read more>
atouchofgrace

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One day in 1968 Maharaji sent word that a group of nine of us would go for a ride in the Land Rover. After one stop at an apple orchard, we went up into the mountains to a rest house owned by the forestry service. The... Read more>
himalayasstars

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When the flower blooms, the bees come uninvited. —RAMAKRISHNA We came to Maharajji’s feet, impelled by our yearning for the living spirit and drawn by his light. We came from Europe and Great Britain, the United... Read more>
darshan

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Not everyone who met Maharajji was “opened” or “awakened” at the initial visit. Many came, enjoyed a pleasant visit, and left apparently unaffected. They seemed to have “no business” with Maharajji, that is,... Read more>
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rdcolorhands

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(Audio recorded 9/26/1975 - Lawrence, KS - University of Kansas) Part 4: Ram Dass leads a visualization and begins a Q & A period with the audience. Topics include the guru, love and opening the heart,... Read more>


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communityspiritualquest

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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>
methodstoconsciousness2

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Recorded on 4/18/1970 - Dublin, NH - Cumbres Growth Center Part 5: Ram Dass encourages us to minimize external stimulation to reach one-pointedness. When practiced long enough, mantras become autonomous. An... Read more>
consciousnessmandala

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Recorded on 4/18/1970 - Dublin, NH - Cumbres Growth Center Part 1: Ram Dass discusses the Western illusion of thinking that we always need to "do" something. When we learn to use that same energy to work on... Read more>
dualism

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Lecture Recorded February 3rd, 1970 - San Francisco, California Part 1: Beginning by quoting several sacred texts, Ram Dass explains how we begin with our belief in dualism as we seek non-dualism. He discusses... Read more>
petals

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Ram Dass discusses the options and ways we deal with suffering. Taken from the audio set “Who You Are” which you can purchase as an MP3 playlist for $13 to support the Love Serve Remember... Read more>
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skyline

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I became aware of Ram Dass in the early 1970s through Be Here Now. An avid member of Dick Alpert’s explorers club, I had the opportunity to see Ram Dass talk in NY and Philadelphia and also had some friends at that... Read more>


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rdhand

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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>
kdarjun

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If there is one day in a life that was the end of one thing and the beginning of another thing that was the day I met Ram Dass... Before that I was running around to every yogi who came to America. I remember doing... Read more>
mstouch

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After I returned home from my extraordinary time at the Ram Dass retreat at Omega Institute in 2003 where and how I found out that Maharaji was my Guru (see Part 1) I was riding the proverbial emotional roller coaster.... Read more>
maharaji-2

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From the moment I finished reading Be Here Now, back in the early 70's, I knew my life would never be the same. Ram Dass and his story had an immediate and profound effect on my spirit. I knew Maharaj-ji was the real... Read more>
scary-monkey-2

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Suffering is the primary motivating factor behind spiritual practice. Few people, if any, show up just looking to broaden their horizons. Most feel like they are flying through life with their hair on fire. This has... Read more>
0198

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My friend Caitanya had come to Delhi and said he wanted me to come and meet Neem Karoil Baba. He was having a problem with addiction and a devotee had suggested he go to get Baba’s blessings. “Maybe some time at an... Read more>
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