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We try so hard to overcome separateness with others. More intimacy. More rubbing of bodies. More exchanging of ideas. But always it's as if you are yelling out of your room and I am yelling out of mine. Even trying to... Read more>


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Mad with joy, life and death dance to the rhythm of this music. The hills and the sea and the earth dance. The world of man dances in laughter and tears. Why put on the robe of the monk, and life aloof from the... Read more>
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Question: I'd like to know about forgiveness as a bridge between the separate self and the awakened soul. Ram Dass: That's a nice way of phrasing the question. It's a step on a ladder that goes from dualism into... Read more>
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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... Read more>
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Raghu: Can you talk about how we go about cultivating compassion so that we start to become kinder to ourselves and to others? Ram Dass: We’ve lived our lives with negative images of ourselves, from childhood on,... Read more>
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Having been in the presence of Maharaj-ji, I have come to trust the way a being like that is in the universe. It’s like knowing somebody who lives a little farther up the mountain and can see farther than you can.... Read more>
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How do you reconcile faith and reason? Well, as I feel it now, we have come out of a period where in the evolutionary journey of us as beings, Man evolves these great frontal lobes and this capacity for rational thought... Read more>
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The entry to the ashram in Kainchi is at the boundary of the temple premises and just inside, about twenty-five meters away there is a big stone that Baba would often sit on, surrounded by devotees and other visitors.... Read more>


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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... Read more>
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One day in 1968 Maharaji sent word that a group of nine of us would go for a ride in the Land Rover. After one stop at an apple orchard, we went up into the mountains to a rest house owned by the forestry service. The... Read more>
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When the flower blooms, the bees come uninvited. —RAMAKRISHNA We came to Maharajji’s feet, impelled by our yearning for the living spirit and drawn by his light. We came from Europe and Great Britain, the United... Read more>
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Not everyone who met Maharajji was “opened” or “awakened” at the initial visit. Many came, enjoyed a pleasant visit, and left apparently unaffected. They seemed to have “no business” with Maharajji, that is,... Read more>
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Maharaji honored purity of spirit, no matter what the tradition or lineage. He kept drawing us back from our concerns about individual differences, back beyond the forms, with his oft-reiterated remark, “Sub Ek (All... Read more>
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What was to be Maharajji’s final day at Kainchi was spent in darshan, kirtan, and prayers. Both Indian and Western devotees were gathered. Maharajji was asking after everyone at the temple and elsewhere. Twice he put... Read more>
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A spacious reflection on the unfolding pattern of life and death, placing it in the context of nature's flow of the seasons. A succinct statement of Ram Dass' views of death and reincarnation, and of the soul's journey... Read more>


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In the course of the journey you will go through stages of offering, until ultimately the recognition of the spirit will take you all the way... Read more>
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"Roshi Joan honors us with her wisdom and illuminated presence. She gets into the need for authentic daily practice and avoidance of the quick fix…dealing with moral distress…actualized compassion and retaining... Read more>
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Recorded on 6/21/1970 in West Franklin, New Hampshire Part 1: “We are all addicted to methods we use to get to the light”. The problem with these methods is that they all involve an object. These objects,... Read more>
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Using trees as a metaphor Ram Dass explains how we can judge ourselves less and start to appreciate ourselves more. Taken from the audio talk, 'Fear, Anger, Love" which you can purchase as an MP3 playlist for $9 to... Read more>
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(Audio recorded 9/26/1975 - Lawrence, KS - University of Kansas) Part 4: Ram Dass leads a visualization and begins a Q & A period with the audience. Topics include the guru, love and opening the heart,... Read more>
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From love we learn to ease our fretful longing for more and to rest in the blessedness of things as they are. From love we learn to heal our losses and our fears of loss. Love awakens us. It shows us the... Read more>


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Written by David Silver  I first met Ram Dass about thirty-five years ago at the Hilda Charlton Thursday night teaching and kirtan. A hundred seekers at St. Luke-In-The-Fields Episcopal Church on Hudson Street in... Read more>
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by Susan Dyment “Hey, look at that guy. I bet he’s got something.” Susan watched the black ’39 Buick cruise down Central Street past the library, past Yachipucci’s Drug, and over the bridge into West... Read more>
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In the fall of 1996, when I was 20 years old, I was graced with an unexpected, transcendent experience that awoke me to my own eternal being and to the spiritual reality of life. It came out of nowhere (I had not... Read more>
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By Damon Orion - originally published at Reality Sandwich. Jim Carrey's single greatest contribution to humanity is quite possibly his statement, "I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they... Read more>
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“You’re tumbling into the soup,” Ram Dass said to me during our first interaction on Skype. My initial thoughts (in this order) were: “I hope it’s not clam chowder, I can’t stand mollusks,” followed by... Read more>
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Once a great master was asked, “How long is the path of healing?” He replied, “About three and a half feet.” This is the distance between the root and the crown chakras. This past week I had the great honor... Read more>
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