careerscrabble

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A lot of people are very afraid of career planning, to deal with the inconsistency of growth and the chaotic look that you may have if you keep changing your game. Many people begin to be a teacher, and then they... Read more>


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We have built up a set of ego habits for gaining satisfaction. For some it involves pleasure; for others, more neurotic, it involves pain. As you look at many people's lives you see that their suffering is in a way... Read more>
Navigating the Matrix of the Ego

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We need the matrix of thoughts, feelings, and sensations we call the ego for our physical and psychological survival. The ego tells us what leads to what, what to avoid, how to satisfy our desires, and what to do in... Read more>
Thought Prison

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Ram Dass on Awareness and Watching Thoughts Wherever there is attachment Associated with it Brings endless misery. - Gampopa, The Jewel Ornament of Liberation Your ego is a set of thoughts that define your... Read more>
Overcoming Separateness

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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>
totalityofthemoment

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The past has flown away. The coming month and year do not exist; Ours only is the present's tiny point. -Mahmud Shabistari There have been moments in your life when you were pure awareness. No concepts, no... Read more>
meditationblackandwhite

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"From the moment you came into the world of being , A ladder was placed before you that you might escape." - Divani Shamsi Tabriz Initially most people choose to meditate out of curiosity or to relieve psychological... Read more>
maharajjidown

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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... Read more>


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rddada

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The words and apples and tea and silences and laughter were all washed in a continuous river of love that poured forth from Maharajji. The devotees who “knew” were equally as happy with Maharajji’s insults as... Read more>
gooddoctor

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While in Madras one day, Maharajji said, “I want to show my eyes to a good doctor. Who is a good doctor here?” I told him that there was a specialist nearby. Maharajji said, “All right. I’ll show my eyes to... Read more>
motherinamerica

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In the words of Dada, “We all think we are chasing the guru, but really, you see, he is chasing us.” All I knew about the hardships of India made me sure I didn’t want to go there, yet in October of 1971 I found... Read more>
BROR0079

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Maharaji's appearance had a childlike innocence. He welcomed people openly, and they in turn talked freely with him. If someone requested Baba to speak, he would feign ignorance and say he didn't know anything; he... Read more>
maharajisfeet

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I was sitting for several months in Buddhist meditation in Bodh Gaya. About two-thirds of the way through the second month, this funny-looking little man started to appear in the upper-right-hand corner of my awareness.... Read more>
nkbaba

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When Maharajji came out you never knew what to expect. He could do the same thing a week in a row until you’d think, “Well, he’ll come out at 8:00.” Then he might not come out all day, or he might just go into... Read more>
rdsmiling

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Ram Dass explains that the best method for learning to discriminate between intuitive versus egoic action is through basic trial and error. Part of our humanity involves making mistakes and the acknowledgement of... Read more>


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unworthiness

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Everything is either a vehicle for awakening or for going more deeply to sleep. When we identify with our roles, we need the others to play their roles. When Ram Dass was a psychologist, he needed you to be a patient.... Read more>
timelessness

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With an introduction from Jack Kornfield, for the keynote address to the International Transpersonal Association conference, Ram Dass reflects on the predicament our technology has created. He suggests steps we need... Read more>
ganesh

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Ram Dass was the guest speaker at a joyful Sunday morning service held at the First Church of Religious Science. He talked about aging, suffering, and silence, and about the faith which allows him to perceive his stroke... Read more>
moonatnght

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Ram Dass describes the levels the Western mind has to go through to move beyond rational thought, and accept that other planes of reality are just as real as the physical plane. Then, and only then, can we give up... Read more>
divinepleasureoffood

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Ancient Tantra approaches the Divine through awareness, sensuality, and pleasure. Tantra teaches us that all pleasures that we experience are a reflection of a higher Divine pleasure—and through these pleasures, the... Read more>


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maharaji-2

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From the moment I finished reading Be Here Now, back in the early 70's, I knew my life would never be the same. Ram Dass and his story had an immediate and profound effect on my spirit. I knew Maharaj-ji was the real... Read more>
scary-monkey-2

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Suffering is the primary motivating factor behind spiritual practice. Few people, if any, show up just looking to broaden their horizons. Most feel like they are flying through life with their hair on fire. This has... Read more>
0198

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My friend Caitanya had come to Delhi and said he wanted me to come and meet Neem Karoil Baba. He was having a problem with addiction and a devotee had suggested he go to get Baba’s blessings. “Maybe some time at an... Read more>
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Written by Jeremiah Goodman  Far from home, I find myself wandering among the cherry blossoms here in Japan. As I walk among these living teachers of repose, I am reminded of a verse in the Tao Te Ching that says... Read more>
bobmarley1976

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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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