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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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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>
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In Eastern traditions, the state of consciousness at the last moment of life is considered so crucial that you spend your whole life preparing for it. Mahatma Gandhi, the great Indian leader, walked into a garden to... Read more>
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The desire to become enlightened is still you desiring something. What happens is you start to touch places way beyond what you ever thought you were. Or you start to awaken, and it's like the bliss is much more... Read more>
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The following is an excerpt from a recently released book by one of Ram Dass' favorite teachers, Joseph Goldstein. The book is entitled Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening and can be ordered from our webstore... Read more>
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Ramana Maharshi said that God, guru, and the Self are the same. The guru, the true guide, awakens our own deeper being, or ātman, which is God itself. Ramana Maharshi realized that Self directly. His view from the... Read more>
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Full realization is very, very rare. As they see it in the East, the perfection of consciousness does not come in one birth, but through thousands and thousands of incarnations. Sometimes we may see the culminating... 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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During the summer of 1973 I was staying at my father’s farm in New Hampshire, and was there in September when the telegram arrived. My father and my stepmother, looking rather concerned, met me when I returned from... Read more>
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The minute you know that there is somebody who knows it all, you are free. Because all your secrets become absurd, because somebody knows everything about you and they say, “yeah, right. Look at all that horrible... Read more>
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  On one occasion, KK invited me to join him and his cousin ML in an evening drive out to Kainchi to deliver some lamps and supplies that had been purchased at Maharaji's instructions for a forthcoming holiday... 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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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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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>


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Ram Dass shares the three phases of his transformation. Phase one, being the unfulfilled psychologist. Phase two began after discovering LSD. In the LSD phase, he felt subtle despair from continually coming down... Read more>
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These two presentations were recorded live at a conference on conscious aging sponsored by the Omega Institute. The conscious aging conference was the first of it's kind to explore the particular social, political... Read more>
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The following playlist contains segments from a workshop with Ram Dass and Roshi Joan Halifax: We have a solid sense of self that we need to define and defend. When we feel a sense of connectedness, fear is lessened.... Read more>
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Ram Dass and Allen Ginsberg in the 1980's talk about Kerouac, polarization of the 60's, and breaking away from the social norms. One doesn't need to have the external trappings of being a hippie in order to be truly... 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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