satchitananda

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What do you think God is? Well, I’ll tell you what I think God is. I’ve been thinking about it. Ram Kir, the Indian mystic, says “A God defined is a God confined.” “What can’t be said, can’t be said and... Read more>


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Loss of Meaning

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Ram Dass (and Chogyam Trungpa) on the Loss of Meaning The attainment of enlightenment from ego's point of view is extreme death, the death of self, the death of me and mine, the death of the watcher. It is the... Read more>
lineage

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My own lineage is reflected in the name Ram Dass, which means "servant of God." It's a path of devotion to God/Guru, and the expression of that devotion is through service to all beings. Mother Teresa reflected this... Read more>
soulmatepost

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Question: The problem seems to be that when you are in a relationship, in the beginning everything is happening, but when you marry that person it changes.  I’ve been in several relationships, major relationships,... Read more>
attachmentpost

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It always boils down to this question: How did we get so attached in the first place, or why? I have really nothing but a cop-out answer for that. I mean not a clear answer because, just as I said, ultimately the laws... Read more>
humorpost

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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>
purplelotus

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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 bus, and by the time I get off, I feel... Read more>
onefamily

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Neem Karoli Baba nurtured the concept of Vasudhaiv kutumbakam (the world as one family) and would say that love binds all together. His blood relations along with countless others merged within this worldwide family.... Read more>


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maharajiheadtilt

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Once I found myself becoming very angry while at Maharaji's temple. Most of the anger was directed against my fellow Western devotees. Although there were perhaps some justifiable reasons for the anger, the fever pitch... Read more>
saints

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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>
tucketmaharaji

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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>
rddada

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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>
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>
motherinamerica

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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>
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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moonatnght

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Ram Dass describes the levels the Western mind has to go through to move beyond rational thought, and accept that other planes of reality are just as real as the physical plane. Then, and only then, can we give up... Read more>
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>
quotesoyhippage

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"Forgiveness is giving up all hope for a better past." - Jack Kornfield "Once I take hold of your hand, I never let go - even if you let go." - Maharajji (shared by the panel opening night) "This is a place to come... Read more>
sunrise

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"This is a place to come and remember who you are in your heart - let that love shine."- Jack Kornfield (opening night) Thanks to all who made our 7th annual Open Your Heart in Paradise retreat a great success!... Read more>
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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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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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>
bobmarley1976

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Written by David Silver  I first met Ram Dass about thirty-five years ago at the Hilda Charlton Thursday night teaching and kirtan. A hundred seekers at St. Luke-In-The-Fields Episcopal Church on Hudson Street in... Read more>
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