10 Apr 2014
April 10, 2014

Awakening Compassion in Ourselves

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 Here.   Compassion arises out of our willingness to come close to suffering. The problem is that even though we may.. read more →

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 →

26 Mar 2014
March 26, 2014

Re: Incarnations

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 birth, the finishing touch, as in the case of Buddha. Otherwise most of the beings who are called “saints”.. read more →

20 Mar 2014
March 20, 2014

Transmutation of Energy

  If I am at one point, when something happens in my field, my environmental field, that’s negative, what I say is, “That brings me down,” meaning it caught me in its model of how it all is. When I am able to transmute energy, I can take that energy that was connected with that.. read more →

12 Mar 2014
March 12, 2014

Consumerism and Chatchkes

he other reality you’re looking at is that you are, in economic terms, a consumer. In fact, that is how you are defined within the economic template that is placed on this society. You are a consumer – you’re either a producer or a consumer, and as you get older you are more likely to become a consumer and less a producer. So now that’s interesting, because for you to be an effective consumer in a system you have to want to consume – it’s fascinating to look inside yourself to see the feelings you have while you’re consuming. read more →

05 Mar 2014
March 5, 2014

The Wheel of Formlessness

  We have to constantly ask ourselves, “How do I use my every moment to get there?”  It’s got to be done with the flow of love and the quietness of mind. It’s like the women in India who go to the well and come back with jugs full of water on their heads. They’re.. read more →

26 Feb 2014
February 26, 2014

Perfect Lessons

Question: You say every life situation is a perfect lesson. How is that so? Ram Dass: The universe is made up of experiences that are designed to burn out our reactivity, which is our attachment, our clinging, to pain, to pleasure, to fear, to all of it. And as long as there are places where.. read more →

19 Feb 2014
February 19, 2014

Ocean of Devotion

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 with Maharaji, we were intoxicated with his form, the colors of his blanket, the buttery softness of.. read more →

12 Feb 2014
February 12, 2014

Uncooked Seeds

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 deer he had once seen in a field. And he held on.. read more →

05 Feb 2014
February 5, 2014

Nobody Home

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 perfection there’s no clinging at all. Perhaps now you begin to see the subtlety of.. read more →