05 Jul 2012
July 5, 2012

Giving Up Isn’t Failing

  My stepmother Phyllis and I went to the doctors together and we did the whole thing of getting all the reports and dealing with all the emotions. Now she was a very tough New England lady. She was wonderful, grounded, tough, poker-playing, smoking, just fun. She was argumentative and tough and willful. She had.. read more →

06 Jun 2012
June 6, 2012

A Metaphor for Dying

  I sit with a lot of people who are dying these days because I am very interested in seeing whether we can develop a metaphor for dying that isn’t quite as horrendous as the one we have going in the West. Because our metaphor for dying comes out of philosophical materialism where a person.. read more →

16 May 2012
May 16, 2012

Maharaji and the Woman in the Hospital

At a bhandara around 2001, I met a woman who had come for the first time. Some years ago a copy of Be Here Now had fallen into her hands, and after reading it she knew Maharaji was her guru. She lived in the rural midwest and had never had contact with any of Maharaji’s.. read more →

23 Feb 2012
February 23, 2012

An Environmental Awakening

Question:  I am the father of a three year old.  It appears that, given the current trends, the planet will become uninhabitable before he can live out a normal life span.  There will be a lot of suffering if human life on the planet comes to an end.   I understand that it is all supposed.. read more →

19 Sep 2010
September 19, 2010

On Death, Dying, Illness and Grief – Part 1

Question: I’ve had a lot of loss in my life and my husband has lung cancer and I’m facing more loss in my future.  And I would like to know how I can use the grief that I feel to come to a deeper place of truth.  And also when I notice myself in this.. read more →

01 Mar 2010
March 1, 2010

Dying is Absolutely Safe

People ask, “Do you believe that there is continuity after death?” And I say, “I don’t believe it. It just is.” That offends my scientific friends no end. But belief is something you hold on to with your intellect. My faith in the continuity of life has gone way beyond the intellect. Belief is a problem because it is rooted in the mind, and in the process of death, the mind crumbles. Faith, consciousness, and awareness all exist beyond the thinking mind. read more →