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There are many planes of reality that my consciousness can be at when I look at another person. I can look at you and I can see men and women, old and young, and light and dark and so on. I see the physical bodies. Or I... Read more>


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meditativawareness

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"You carry heaven and hell with you." - Sri Ramana Maharshi Normal waking consciousness, dream states, emotional states, and other states of consciousness are different realities, somewhat like channels of the TV... Read more>
redlights

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We have built up a set of ego habits for gaining satisfaction. For some it involves pleasure; for others, more neurotic, it involves pain. As you look at many people's lives you see that their suffering is in a way... Read more>
Navigating the Matrix of the Ego

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We need the matrix of thoughts, feelings, and sensations we call the ego for our physical and psychological survival. The ego tells us what leads to what, what to avoid, how to satisfy our desires, and what to do in... Read more>
Thought Prison

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Ram Dass on Awareness and Watching Thoughts Wherever there is attachment Associated with it Brings endless misery. - Gampopa, The Jewel Ornament of Liberation Your ego is a set of thoughts that define your... Read more>
Overcoming Separateness

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We try so hard to overcome separateness with others. More intimacy. More rubbing of bodies. More exchanging of ideas. But always it's as if you are yelling out of your room and I am yelling out of mine. Even trying to... Read more>
totalityofthemoment

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The past has flown away. The coming month and year do not exist; Ours only is the present's tiny point. -Mahmud Shabistari There have been moments in your life when you were pure awareness. No concepts, no... Read more>
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maharajjismile

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The saints choose different ways of doing their work. Babaji chose a life neither of a householder nor of a mendicant. He did not carry any of the outward signs that he was a sadhu or saint—no beads, no long beard, no... Read more>


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NKB-Bridge-Women

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In trying to understand Maharaji's teachings about truth, one would have to decide whether what Maharaji did or what he said was the more accurate reflection of those teachings. On the one hand, he was continually... Read more>
banyantree

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The entry to the ashram in Kainchi is at the boundary of the temple premises and just inside, about twenty-five meters away there is a big stone that Baba would often sit on, surrounded by devotees and other visitors.... Read more>
thikhai

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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>
Ram-Dass-and-Maharaji-w-Dad

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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>
9BROR0268

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It is said that those who are dear to the one who is dear to you, become dear to you also. This is true, and we realized this in those early days when we gathered together as Babaji's devotees. Babaji was a well-known... Read more>
bodhgaya

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In the winter of 1971 it started getting very crowded and Maharajji began telling people to go to different places. I was told to go to Puri. He also said I could go and see Goenka (a well-known Buddhist meditation... Read more>
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livingthemystery

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The process is realizing that you and I exist on more than one plane of awareness simultaneously and on one plane suffering stinks, and on another plane suffering is grace. And the question is, “Can you balance... Read more>


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spiritualfire

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Ram Dass explains the ‘still, small voice’ of Spirit within, that pulls us toward God. He helps us understand what a guru is, and that a guru’s love is unconditional. Gurus, in earthly form, stay in separation... Read more>
maharajiredandblue

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If we can accept that God is inside all of us then we need not surrender to anyone but ourselves. After Maharaj-ji left his body Ram Dass discovered that he only had to go inside to feel his presence. Reside in the... Read more>
embracinghumanity

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In this lecture, held at the Asilomar Conference Grounds, Ram Dass discusses the changes he's experienced in himself over the many years that he's been teaching. He admits to having been caught in the separateness... Read more>
society

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An exploration of the basic questions for anyone attempting to do business in a conscious way. Is it possible to do business, make a profit, act in truth and integrity and be of genuine service all at once? In his... Read more>
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anyaramdass

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I first read Be Here Now by Ram Dass in 1991 while backpacking in India. It propelled me on my spiritual journey. So, earlier this year, when a friend told me about a weeklong retreat with Ram Dass in Maui, I signed up.... Read more>


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ramrammantra

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It’s six in the morning, the most precious time in my day. I cross my legs, ready for whatever comes. Yesterday it was a piece of work. The mantra starts and I could not settle down. Yes, it got more quiet upstairs,... Read more>
kainchi

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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>
norichardalpert

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Written by Robert Harmony Carr   There is no Richard Alpert anymore, He walked through Aldous Huxley's famous door, And sailed his mind upon a distant shore, There is no Richard Alpert anymore. He met... Read more>
determinedbeing

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It was a perfect storm of sorts when I found a craft that would carry me through it all. In 1975, I was 25 years old—just coming into my adult life. I completed college, had a job, a husband, friends; it was all... Read more>
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>
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>
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