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Meditation texts name certain mental states that are hindrances. Try to be aware and work to overcome them in your meditation. The major unhelpful states are: tiredness and torpor, strong desires, distractedness,... Read more>


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Hanging out with realized beings or saints, with their words and pictures, is a way to inspire and find guidance for your own path. A realized being is like a pure mirror who shows you all of the places where there is... Read more>
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I kept hoping to get esoteric teachings from Maharaj-ji, but when I asked, “How can I become enlightened?” he said things like, “Love everybody, serve everybody, and remember God,” or “Feed people.” When I... Read more>
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One of the things that’s helped me from not getting too trapped in our cultural models is that I do travel a great deal in other cultures. And in other cultures I’m always surprised at how different the feelings are... Read more>
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My view has evolved to seeing death — the moment of death — as a ceremony. If people are sitting with you to help as you are going through this dying ceremony, help them to see you as the soul you truly are, not... Read more>
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Artwork by H. Spencer Young (http://www.hspenceryoung.com/)   When I start to get angry, I see my predicament and how I’m getting caught in expectations and righteousness. Learning to give up anger has... Read more>
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Question: If a Western man were to become totally enlightened, what would happen to other people and to his feelings, especially lovers? Ram Dass: Let me start with the word "love" for a moment. I think there is a... Read more>
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One morning Babaji was in his small room in Kainchi. A sadhu with a half-dozen of his disciples came for Baba's darshan. I took them to his room. After they had taken their seat, Babaji said, "This is Mahant... Read more>


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Babaji used many methods to mitigate the sufferings and hardships of people who visited him. They were seldom done in the public gaze, but they were going on every day. Some poor farmer would come and say, "Out of my... Read more>
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In February of 1973, I met Neem Karoli Baba at the Hanuman mandir on Parikrama Road in Vrindaban, one day before he left for Kainchi Dham. At that time, I had only $300 in American Express checks, and $100 I would... Read more>
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I desired to have Maharaji come visit my home but kept putting off asking him. I had told Dada of my desire, hoping that he could help me to invite Maharaji. I had just met Maharaji for the first time a few weeks... 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... Read more>
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It is the soft time of evening. On Dada’s porch we listen to the sounds that attend the approaching night: people speak­ing softly as they pass along the roadway, children’s laughter, dogs barking, a baby crying... 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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As you quiet your mind down and trust yourself, you know the answer because everyone is a Goddess in drag. If you don't know, you have to really look at it and find out who you truly are. We are so busy not being... Read more>
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(Artwork by Janet Reynolds: imaginejanetreynolds.com) The process is realizing that you and I exist on more than one plane of awareness simultaneously and on one plane suffering stinks, and on another plane... Read more>
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Being peacefully in relationship to everything made me realize that my happiness isn't based on the situation being "this way" or "that way" - my happiness is one which embraces my sadness, and my love is one which... Read more>
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In this sound clip, Ram Dass talks about the history of Mysticism in America, specifically in the sixties. The shift was from absolute reality (what your thinking mind thought it understood) to other kinds of... Read more>
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In the 60s and 70s many of us journeyed to the East in search of 'something'. In the foothills of the Himalayas, some of us were graced to touch the living spirit through our guru, Neem Karoli Baba. Being with the... 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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