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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... Read more>


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identity

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When we come into the room we’re all clothed in different kinds of outer garments. Some of us are wearing jackets and coats and fur and leather and wool. Just as we come into... Read more>
attachment

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I often talk about one of my desires that is still very existent, the desire for root beer. I would be sitting in the meditation room, being very holy, and I’m thinking about... Read more>
reality

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The first thing my Hindu teacher wrote on his slate in teaching me was the statement, “Desire is a trap; desirelessness is moksha, or liberation; desire is the creator, desire... Read more>

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The exquisite thing about evolution is that it works; it really happens. C.S.Lewis says in Perelandra, “You don’t see the plan, because it's all the plan. You can’t find... Read more>
Baba Attends a Marriage

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My brother's friend Mr. Arya is from Nainital, and he works at the State Bank of India. He asked my brother, "Do you know Neem Karoli baba Maharaj?" My brother Toni said, "Yes,... Read more>


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Pomegranate Seeds - Ram Dass

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Living in the ashram at Kainchi I seldom had the opportunity to buy anything to offer Maharajji. Somehow I obtained a pomegranate one day. I waited until late afternoon when... Read more>

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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... Read more>

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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,... Read more>

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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... Read more>
Omniscience

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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... Read more>

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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... Read more>
Embracing

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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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Katrina Chester - Ram Dass

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September 11th is one day we will all likely be remembering forever. It changed the lives of so many. As a New Yorker, I experienced things I’ve never fully been able to... Read more>


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I’m not really sure how one can adequately put into words the power and utterly intense compassion in which one meets Ram Dass, whether through his inspiring works, or in... Read more>

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by Ramgiri (www.skillsforawakening.com) Satsang, the Buddha said, is the most important component of spiritual life. Just how true this is I found out during this years guru... Read more>

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I have never had the pleasure of meeting Ram Dass in person. When I was 13, my parents sent me to yoga and meditation classes because they thought I had insomnia and it would... Read more>

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It was 1970 in Washington, D.C. Friends played a tape recorded lecture in which Ram Dass described his journey to India and his transformation from Harvard professor to intrepid... Read more>