28 Nov 2012
November 28, 2012

The Surrender to Consciousness

What I experienced at that time of meeting Maharaji, in fact, within those first few minutes of meeting him was the experience of surrender which was no surrender.  In other words, I didn’t begrudgingly give up my ego.  It was as if I came home to the place where I no longer needed it.  There.. read more →

28 Nov 2012
November 28, 2012

Short Maharaji Stories

  I was being visited by an American friend of mine who doesn’t believe in God. I invited her to come and meet Maharaji but she resisted because she didn’t believe in saints. I told her to come anyhow because Maharaji was not an ordinary saint. He’s like a friend. Maharaji was so nice to.. read more →

23 May 2012
May 23, 2012

One Ailment, Different Treatment

One day Baba was sitting on a parapet by the roadside when a sadhu named Balak came and offered pranaam to him. Baba said to Balak, “What’s the trouble?” Balak told him that he had been suffering from stomach pain since the previous evening. Baba gave him some of the remaining water from the lota (metal pot) that.. read more →

16 Mar 2012
March 16, 2012

Baba’s Invisible Movements

Leaving aside physical suffering and mental torture, there was another kind of deeper and more painful suffering which Babaji could not neglect. Many times it was to rescue the helpless that he had to run away like a vagabond. Sometimes unimaginable calamities come to people — someone has died, someone has been thrown out of.. read more →

It was 1970 in Washington, D.C. When friends played a tape recorded lecture in which Ram Dass described his journey to India and his transformation from Harvard professor to intrepid explorer of the mind to spiritual seeker and discoverer in terms, tenor and language that confirmed tenets i knew to be true, but had never.. read more →

23 Feb 2012
February 23, 2012

The Sweetness We Remember

Babaji could be so very affectionate, behaving just like a son to the Mothers. His great power, the miracles and such, no doubt were there, but the very soft, delicate, sweet and innocent impressions left by him provided a perennial source of joy—that human aspect. At night in Allahabad, Baba would take his food in.. read more →

15 Feb 2012
February 15, 2012

The Saint at Work

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 mystery and miracle.” We saw many of his miracles coming one after another; they continue even now. They.. read more →

01 Feb 2012
February 1, 2012

Winter Camp

As I have said before, when I first met Babaji I was not at all interested in sadhus or saints. It was out of sheer grace that he visited our house. Although many unusual things were happening, we failed to realize their importance or to see his hand in them. His visits meant some thrill.. read more →

25 Jan 2012
January 25, 2012

On Self Judgement

Question:  How can I judge myself less harshly and appreciate myself more? Ram Dass:  I think that part of it is observing oneself more impersonally.  I often use this image, which I think I have used already, but let me say it again.  That when you go out into the woods and you look at.. read more →

25 Jan 2012
January 25, 2012

Babaji's Grace

One morning, Babaji began talking about pujas and prayers and going on pilgrimages. “Prayer and worship should be done by everyone, every day, as the highest obligatory duty to God; visiting temples and pilgrimages should be undertaken only under favorable conditions and suitable times. They are not essential for your worship and religious duties, whereas prayers.. read more →