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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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>
mala

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A mala is a string of beads, used to chant the names of God. It's the same thing as prayer beads, or a rosary. A Hindu mala typically has either 108 beads (108 being considered a sacred number in Hinduism) or 27 beads... Read more>
extraordinaryexperiencesblog

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Many sensations come, many thoughts or images arise, but they are just waves of your own mind. Nothing comes from outside your mind. To realize pure mind in your delusion is practice. If you try to expel the... Read more>
mindsheart

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In the West it's hard to even conceive of enlightened beings. We have much to learn about how to approach them, how to be with them, how to use them on our own journey into our heart. Cultures like that of India have... Read more>
Ram Dass - Learning to Grieve

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Ram Dass - Learning to Grieve It is important, as we get older, to learn how to grieve. Although this may sound self-evident, experience has taught me that it is not. In a culture that emphasizes stoicism and forward... Read more>
giveoutkarma

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Question: Our first question is, we would like for you to define the term Karma Yoga and the second part to that would be how would you suggest that we, as lay people, manifest that form of yoga in our lives? Ram... Read more>
nobabahere

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Sri Baba Neeb Karori Maharaj was the very embodiment of grace and compassion. He showered affection, fed people, and made them laugh. He loved everyone without discrimination and could not bear to see anyone in... Read more>


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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>
BROR0079

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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>
maharajisfeet

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I was sitting for several months in Buddhist meditation in Bodh Gaya. About two-thirds of the way through the second month, this funny-looking little man started to appear in the upper-right-hand corner of my awareness.... Read more>
nkbaba

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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>
neemkarolitemple

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Babaji was known as a great saint — a highly realized soul with all the spiritual powers. Writing about Baba, Swami Vijayananda, a disciple of Anandamayi Ma, called him "a yogi whose name radiates an aura of mystery... Read more>
facingdeath2

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Part of our agenda as people of any age is to find some way of being with the idea of death. Whether confronting our own passing or grieving the death of someone we love, we're trapped in our pain - until we look... Read more>


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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>
ramdasssmile

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We suffer when there is an imbalance between our inner truth and the way we live our lives. Responding to a comment by one of the participants at the 1993 "Wisdom Heart" retreat, Ram Dass gave this lecture about... Read more>
ramdassb&wbanner

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Ram Dass invites us to try on a new perspective for our lives - to take the Soul's view of our incarnation as a journey into form and a reawakening into Awareness. (San Rafael, CA - 1995)   Photo by Mary... Read more>
rdvideo

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We live in the midst of great change - whether social dislocations or the aging of our bodies - which confront our egos with fear. How we work with our awareness in the face of that fear determines whether we can... Read more>
heartofcompassion

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What's true?: Ram Dass speaks about cultivating compassion throughout ones spiritual journey in this ten part audio series. Image by Alice Popkorn via Flickr. Used under the creative commons... Read more>
patterns

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What happens when we are faced with recurring patterns or characters in our lives and we aren’t sure if we need to shift a situation or even walk away? If we are practicing, how do we know when to make a change? Until... Read more>


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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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by Susan Dyment “Hey, look at that guy. I bet he’s got something.” Susan watched the black ’39 Buick cruise down Central Street past the library, past Yachipucci’s Drug, and over the bridge into West... 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>
wieland7

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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>
Why Wanting Doesn't Work & Desire Does

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Ram Dass on Want vs. Desire by Tehya Sky Receiving cannot happen in the vessel of wanting. This is our meditation right now. Everything has a vibration. When you embody the energy of wanting, the vehicle of... Read more>
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