02 Apr 2014
April 2, 2014

God = Guru = Self

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 Arunachala mountain, his darshan, his teaching, pointed directly at the ātman, at Self-realization. That unity of God, guru, and Self.. read more →

07 Nov 2011
November 7, 2011

Up Close Impersonal

When we talk about the heart, it’s easy to confuse the emotional heart and the spiritual heart, because, though they are both the heart, they represent different levels of consciousness. There’s the emotional heart we’re all familiar with, the one that romance and poetry are usually about (except mystic poetry). Emotional love encompasses all the.. read more →

02 Nov 2011
November 2, 2011

Love with no Object

Know that when you learn to lose yourself, you will reach the beloved. There is no other secret to be learned, and more than this is not known to me. —Ansari of Herat10 Although you may devote yourself to an aspect of the Beloved, like the guru or the deity as mother, child, or lover,.. read more →

27 Oct 2011
October 27, 2011

Love For No Reason

Unconditional love really exists in each of us. It is part of our deep inner being. It is not so much an active emotion as a state of being. It’s not “I love you” for this or that reason, not “I love you if you love me.” It’s love for no reason, love without an.. read more →

reprinted courtesy of Times of India, Oct 14, 2011, 12.00AM IST Being with Neem Karoli Maharaj-ji by Ram Dass We were sitting in the courtyard of the little temple in the Himalayan foothills, around Maharaj-ji, wrapped in a plaid blanket, sitting on a plank bed. Everyone had fallen silent. It was a meditative quiet, like.. read more →