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>


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Not everyone is ready to talk with you about dying. We have to honor all of our individual differences. Years ago my father was about to have a minor surgery, and the night before, I visited him in the hospital. No... Read more>
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At one point Maharaji said, "See everything as the Mother and you will know God." What was he talking about, seeing your mother in everything? We Westerners have our share of relationship complexities with our mothers,... Read more>
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Try these directions for mindfulness of breathing, a basic concentration practice: When you're ready to meditate, close your eyes and bring your attention to the motion of your breath as it enters and leaves your... Read more>
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Mad with joy, life and death dance to the rhythm of this music. The hills and the sea and the earth dance. The world of man dances in laughter and tears. Why put on the robe of the monk, and life aloof from the... Read more>
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Question: I'd like to know about forgiveness as a bridge between the separate self and the awakened soul. Ram Dass: That's a nice way of phrasing the question. It's a step on a ladder that goes from dualism into... Read more>
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Once you have drunk from the water of unconditional love, no other well can satisfy your thirst. The pangs of separation may become so intense that seeking the affection of the Beloved becomes an obsession. When we were... Read more>
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Not only was Maharaj-ji watching over us, but he could easily see within us as well. And that was quite a different matter. To realize that someone has access to the secret compartments of your mind is unnerving. It... Read more>


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Tuma karuna ke sagara Tuma palana karata Mein sevaka tuma swami Kripa karo bharata Om jaya jagadeesha hare. You are an ocean of compassion You are the sustainer I am the servant, you the Lord Grant me your... Read more>
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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>
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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>
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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>
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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>
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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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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>
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An interview from the KQED “Meeting of the Ways” radio show, with Michael Toms and Will Noffke. Recorded in San Francisco, California on 10/18/1975. Part 1: Ram Dass speaks on his relationship with one of his... Read more>
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PART 1: In this address, to the Bassett Hospital staff in Cooperstown, NY, Ram Dass points to the mystical perspective of life being seen as a preparation for death. He discusses different ways we can approach death... Read more>
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Recorded at the Conscious Aging conference sponsored by the Omega Institute in 1992 on the nature of change and facing death with Ram Dass. This conscious aging conference was the first of its kind on aging. Ram... Read more>
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In May of this year my good friend Sridhar invited me to a Hare Krishna Kirtan conclave in North Carolina, saying he knew how much I loved Kirtan. He also knew that I was a little shy of the ISCON movement in general... 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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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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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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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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