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The true saint goes in and out amongst the people and eats and sleeps with them and buys and sells in the market and marries and takes part in social intercourse, and never forgets God for a single moment. - Abu Sa'id... 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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  We have to constantly ask ourselves, "How do I use my every moment to get there?"  It's got to be done with the flow of love and the quietness of mind. It's like the women in India who go to the well and come... Read more>
lessismore

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Silence is the garden of meditation. - Ali Meditation helps other parts of your life become more simple. As you enter quieter spaces you will see how clinging to desires has made your life complicated. Your clinging... Read more>
judging

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Love it the way it is. - Thaddeus Golas Our deep conditioning from school exams, grades, and the like gives us the habit of looking at every achievement competitively, in terms of where we stand. How are we doing:... Read more>
nyc

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"Zen is not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual everyday routine." - Shunryu Suzuki The final step in integrating meditation into your awareness is to use the stuff of daily life as part of your... Read more>
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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>


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As I have said before, when I first met Babaji I was not at all interested in sadhus or saints. It was out of sheer grace that he visited our house. Although many unusual things were happening, we failed to realize... Read more>
atouchofgrace

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One day in 1968 Maharaji sent word that a group of nine of us would go for a ride in the Land Rover. After one stop at an apple orchard, we went up into the mountains to a rest house owned by the forestry service. The... Read more>
himalayasstars

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When the flower blooms, the bees come uninvited. —RAMAKRISHNA We came to Maharajji’s feet, impelled by our yearning for the living spirit and drawn by his light. We came from Europe and Great Britain, the United... Read more>
darshan

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Not everyone who met Maharajji was “opened” or “awakened” at the initial visit. Many came, enjoyed a pleasant visit, and left apparently unaffected. They seemed to have “no business” with Maharajji, that is,... Read more>
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Maharaji honored purity of spirit, no matter what the tradition or lineage. He kept drawing us back from our concerns about individual differences, back beyond the forms, with his oft-reiterated remark, “Sub Ek (All... Read more>
greatescape

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What was to be Maharajji’s final day at Kainchi was spent in darshan, kirtan, and prayers. Both Indian and Western devotees were gathered. Maharajji was asking after everyone at the temple and elsewhere. Twice he put... Read more>
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Ram Dass was the guest speaker at a joyful Sunday morning service held at the First Church of Religious Science. He talked about aging, suffering, and silence, and about the faith which allows him to perceive his stroke... 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>
rdcolorhands

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(Audio recorded 9/26/1975 - Lawrence, KS - University of Kansas) Part 4: Ram Dass leads a visualization and begins a Q & A period with the audience. Topics include the guru, love and opening the heart,... Read more>
Kali

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Ram Dass urges us to offer our insecurities and frustrations to Kali, who lives off of our impurities - to release them into her welcoming hands, so we can allow ourselves to embody beauty in the Divine... Read more>
egodeath

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Raghu Markus introduces a talk given by Ram Dass, “Promises & Pitfalls.” Ram Dass talks about the promises and the pitfalls of the spiritual path, and the shift of reality that happened in the sixties that... Read more>
rdtypwrtier

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(Audio recorded on 9/26/1975 - Lawrence, KS - University of Kansas) Part 1: Ram Dass discusses how our attachments keep us in the illusion that we are separate beings and that our true selves want only to... Read more>
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Dear friend, This is written while sitting with a friend on the edge of life; from heart-blood to ink on the page. - Jane Callen - 1.28.15 Why (The Who of You) The things I don't know teach me far more... 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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