Desires

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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 incredible, the understanding is more incredible, and so on, and the craving for it. It’s like… Read more »

Awakening Compassion in Ourselves

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

God = Guru = Self

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

Re: Incarnations

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