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Mad with joy, life and death dance to the rhythm of this music. The hills and the sea and the earth dance. The world of man dances in laughter and tears. Why put on the robe of the monk, and life aloof from the... Read more>


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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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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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Our word “sacrifice” comes from the same root as sacred, and sacrifice has to do with making something holy. The worldly and the spiritual are interconnected. And what is the connection across those domains? It is... Read more>
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There are countless paths, each with its own landmarks, its own route. Meditation unfolds in a sequence, but the specific experiences and their order vary from person to person and from method to method. In devotional... Read more>
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"If it were not laughed at, it would not be sufficient to be Tao." - Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching Did you ever have a bad day? Everything seems to go wrong and you are completely lost in anger, frustration and self-pity. It... Read more>
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The Sage does not talk, the Talented Ones talk, and the stupid ones argue. - Kung Tingan Though the numbers are proportionally few, many thousands of us have, through discipline and persistence, arrived at a view of... 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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Living in the ashram at Kainchi I seldom had the opportunity to buy anything to offer Maharajji. Somehow I obtained a pomegranate one day. I waited until late afternoon when Maharajji would walk to the back and give... Read more>
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The words and apples and tea and silences and laughter were all washed in a continuous river of love that poured forth from Maharajji. The devotees who “knew” were equally as happy with Maharajji’s insults as... Read more>
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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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In the words of Dada, “We all think we are chasing the guru, but really, you see, he is chasing us.” All I knew about the hardships of India made me sure I didn’t want to go there, yet in October of 1971 I found... Read more>
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Maharaji's appearance had a childlike innocence. He welcomed people openly, and they in turn talked freely with him. If someone requested Baba to speak, he would feign ignorance and say he didn't know anything; he... Read more>
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I was sitting for several months in Buddhist meditation in Bodh Gaya. About two-thirds of the way through the second month, this funny-looking little man started to appear in the upper-right-hand corner of my awareness.... 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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(60 Minutes) Meditations on the Gita combines readings from the Bhagavad Gita by Ram Dass with musical accompaniments by John McDowell, Steve Gorn and Gardner Cole. Chants by Ram Dass, Diana Rogers and Shyamdas... Read more>
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In the course of the journey you will go through stages of offering, until ultimately the recognition of the spirit will take you all the way... Read more>
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"Roshi Joan honors us with her wisdom and illuminated presence. She gets into the need for authentic daily practice and avoidance of the quick fix…dealing with moral distress…actualized compassion and retaining... Read more>
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Recorded on 6/21/1970 in West Franklin, New Hampshire Part 1: “We are all addicted to methods we use to get to the light”. The problem with these methods is that they all involve an object. These objects,... Read more>
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Using trees as a metaphor Ram Dass explains how we can judge ourselves less and start to appreciate ourselves more. Taken from the audio talk, 'Fear, Anger, Love" which you can purchase as an MP3 playlist for $9 to... 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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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>
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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>
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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>
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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>
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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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Written by Jeremiah Goodman  Far from home, I find myself wandering among the cherry blossoms here in Japan. As I walk among these living teachers of repose, I am reminded of a verse in the Tao Te Ching that says... Read more>
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