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Many times in the course of meditation you will think of things you'd rather be doing. There may be moments of boredom, of sexual desire, doubt, or fatigue. At these moments you must call upon your faith. Faith in what?... 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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There is a story about an old Zen monk who was dying, who had finished everything and was about to get off the wheel. He was just floating away, free and in his pure Buddha-mind, when a thought passed by of a beautiful... Read more>
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The question of whether a being is fully realized or not depends on whether that being is really egoless or just appears to be. If a person still identifies with thought forms or desires, the work is not complete. In... Read more>
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Image Credit: © 2014 Judy Olson - www.judyolsonphotos.com 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... Read more>
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(Artwork by Kelly Lundeen: http://www.kellylundeenstudios.com) The optimal strategy in behavior change, with yourself and every other human being, is compassion. That means, as far as I understand it, the ability to... Read more>
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(Artwork by Gene-Manuel Whirling: http://www.gene-manuelart.com) Now does working on yourself have anything to do with whether you protest, march, drop out, drop in? No, it has nothing whatsoever to do with that,... Read more>
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Maharaji had instructed me to be by myself and not to speak much. He had also told me to focus upon my anja and think of him; so one summer when we were in Kainchi, some fifty miles from where Maharaji was, I remained... Read more>


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In 1967 when I first came to India, I brought with me a supply of LSD, hoping to find someone who might understand more about these substances than we did in the West. When I had met Maharajji (Neem Karoli Baba),... Read more>
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  In March 1972, two days before the Holi celebrations, Babaji told me, "Ask your friend to engage a taxi for us. We start for Amarkantak tomorrow morning at six. The taxi must be suitable for a long journey."... Read more>
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Once I asked Maharaji how it is possible for a man to remember God all the time. He told me the story of Narada (the celestial sage) and the butcher: Vishnu (one of the aspects of God) was always praising the butcher... Read more>
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"Forgiveness is the greatest weapon, because a saint so armed is unperturbable... he can give up anger immediately." - Neem Karoli Baba. A young fellow once came and Maharaji asked him how he was, and he said, "Oh,... Read more>
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About two weeks after we got to Kainchi Maharaji said, "Doctor, I have a headache," so I ran to the back rooms where I had my medical supplies and pulled out aspirin with codeine. I was thinking, "Now, really, do I want... Read more>
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The variations in Maharaji's use of the word "jao" were infinite - from a bellow (sometimes preceded by "Ap !") for the recalcitrant to a tender, "Jao, Ma..." as he gently patted a woman devotee bowing at his... 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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KD in a far-ranging conversation with R & D, plus tracks from his brand new “Kirtan Wallah” CD. We talk about the realities of having or not having a guru… KD on non-emotional longing, loving the inner self,... Read more>
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When I was born I donned a space suit for living on this plane, it was this body, my space suit, and it had a steering mechanism which is my pre-frontal lobe and all the brain that helps with coordinating and stuff...... Read more>
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"When Eve and I got together over 15 years ago, I told her that I used to be a big fighter when I was a kid growing up in Brooklyn, so my friends called me Rocky. At that time Eve loved Tootsie Roll Pops and I began to... Read more>
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New Mindrolling Podcast Episode: Unconscious Impulses “How unconscious thought and perception affect our waking state.” Our podcast exposes the undertow of snap judgements, fast anger, and the plague of default... Read more>
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It is quite a different experience, in some ways, every time we go to India. In this case, the biggest thing about India, ultimately, is really well expressed in one of the Sutras, which loosely says “In order to... Read more>


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