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As your spiritual practices start to work, your reasons for being with people start to change, and who you want to be with changes too. Sometimes it's not easy, as longstanding relationships or jobs are discarded. Your... Read more>


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In Eastern traditions, the state of consciousness at the last moment of life is considered so crucial that you spend your whole life preparing for it. Mahatma Gandhi, the great Indian leader, walked into a garden to... 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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The desire to become enlightened is still you desiring something. What happens is you start to touch places way beyond what you ever thought you were. Or you start to awaken, and it's like the bliss is much more... Read more>
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The following is an excerpt from a recently released book by one of Ram Dass' favorite teachers, Joseph Goldstein. The book is entitled Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening and can be ordered from our webstore... Read more>
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Ramana Maharshi said that God, guru, and the Self are the same. The guru, the true guide, awakens our own deeper being, or ātman, which is God itself. Ramana Maharshi realized that Self directly. His view from the... Read more>
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Full realization is very, very rare. As they see it in the East, the perfection of consciousness does not come in one birth, but through thousands and thousands of incarnations. Sometimes we may see the culminating... Read more>
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When Maharajji came out you never knew what to expect. He could do the same thing a week in a row until you’d think, “Well, he’ll come out at 8:00.” Then he might not come out all day, or he might just go into... Read more>


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One day Baba arrived with some devotees at the house of Prem Lal, the manager of Titagarh Paper Mills in Lucknow. Prem Lal had engaged a new servant to clean in the kitchen who was keen to have Baba's darshan. After... Read more>
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"Meditation is good, one can attain a pure mind by one-pointedness and detachment. Meditate upon one point and you will know God." - Maharaji  Maharaji would sometimes say, "What do I know? England is so far off." But... Read more>
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I was carrying a burden of doubt when I returned to India to see Maharaj-ji in 1970.  In America there was a boy who had been my student who had died.  He was a deeply spiritual kid whose father was a foreign... Read more>
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Babaji would sometimes wax eloquent while talking about contentment in life: "The real contentment comes only when there is no desire, no hankering in your mind for anything. How can you say that you have got... Read more>
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We were up in the mountains visiting with Maharaji at Kainchi. The eight-year-old VW bus was doing yeoman's service each day, moving the Western devotees from Nainital down the mountain to Kainchi each morning and back... Read more>
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One night Shrimati Kamla Pande had a dream in which she saw Maharaji sitting on a takhat in the front room of a house on the roadside. He was looking outside through the door, and some young men were passing by singing... Read more>
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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>


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These two presentations were recorded live at a conference on conscious aging sponsored by the Omega Institute. The conscious aging conference was the first of it's kind to explore the particular social, political... Read more>
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The following playlist contains segments from a workshop with Ram Dass and Roshi Joan Halifax: We have a solid sense of self that we need to define and defend. When we feel a sense of connectedness, fear is lessened.... Read more>
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Ram Dass and Allen Ginsberg in the 1980's talk about Kerouac, polarization of the 60's, and breaking away from the social norms. One doesn't need to have the external trappings of being a hippie in order to be truly... Read more>
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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>


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In the fall of 1996, when I was 20 years old, I was graced with an unexpected, transcendent experience that awoke me to my own eternal being and to the spiritual reality of life. It came out of nowhere (I had not... Read more>
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By Damon Orion - originally published at Reality Sandwich. Jim Carrey's single greatest contribution to humanity is quite possibly his statement, "I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they... Read more>
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“You’re tumbling into the soup,” Ram Dass said to me during our first interaction on Skype. My initial thoughts (in this order) were: “I hope it’s not clam chowder, I can’t stand mollusks,” followed by... Read more>
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Once a great master was asked, “How long is the path of healing?” He replied, “About three and a half feet.” This is the distance between the root and the crown chakras. This past week I had the great honor... Read more>
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