All of us are attempting to integrate our individual differences and the way we are not individually different – to stretch our awareness so that we embrace all of it, becoming human, which is both divine and animal. It’s both material and not material. We are so busy being caught in our dramas of separateness. And... Read more »
There’s a great line from a wonderful teacher who died some years ago named Kalu Rinpoche, a lovely Tibetan monk. He said, “We live in illusion, the appearance of things, but there is a reality and we are that reality. When you understand this, you see that you are nothing, and being nothing, you are... Read more »
There are certain situations in life that sometimes pull out of you planes of reality that are deeper than the ones you normally have access to. Like, I work with a lot of people who are terminally ill and dying, and right now I’m working with a large group of people with AIDS. As the... Read more »
The question is, how do you awaken out of the illusion that you are only separate? The doorway out of that is through the heart, and we say, “My heart goes out to you.” The heart keeps a doorway into the unitive nature of the universe, and it’s the love that flows through it. Love doesn’t... Read more »
When I start thinking, “I’m Ram Dass, and I’ve worked on myself, and I’m supposed to be equanimous, loving, present, clear, compassionate, accepting,” oftentimes I get tired, I get angry and petulant, and I close down. For a long time I’d get into those states and I would feel really embarrassed, because that isn’t who... Read more »
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