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I honor the light in all of us. The more I love God, the more I love the forms of God, which are all forms. Living from the soul is very much a heart-center journey. I get on a busy, and by the time I get off, I feel... Read more>


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Once you have drunk from the water of unconditional love, no other well can satisfy your thirst. The pangs of separation may become so intense that seeking the affection of the Beloved becomes an obsession. When we were... Read more>
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The transformation that comes through meditation is not a straight-line progression. It's a spiral, a cycle. My own life is very much a series of spirals in which at times I am pulled toward some particular form of... Read more>
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Raghu: Can you talk about how we go about cultivating compassion so that we start to become kinder to ourselves and to others? Ram Dass: We’ve lived our lives with negative images of ourselves, from childhood on,... Read more>
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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>
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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>
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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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Nowadays people come to me and say, "Dada, shall we see Maharaji again in his body?" I say, "Look here, you may be having his darshan, but if I see him again I will say, 'Do not come in that body anymore!' He carried... Read more>


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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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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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RDmaharaji

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1. Tell the truth and love everybody - Ram Dass talks about his two instructions from Maharaji- tell the truth and love everybody. It's so easy to tell little white lies to make others feel more comfortable, but it... 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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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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(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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by Lama Surya Das Dzogchen Center, Cambridge, MA Thanksgiving 2014 Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh says that eighty percent of everything we think is wrong. I think he’s being generous. My late great mom, Joyce... 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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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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