buddhasmeditating

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When you begin to meditate you may notice changes right away. You may feel less anxious or more alert. You may be better able to concentrate, have more energy, be more at ease socially, or be more powerful... Read more>


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mindsheart

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In the West it's hard to even conceive of enlightened beings. We have much to learn about how to approach them, how to be with them, how to use them on our own journey into our heart. Cultures like that of India have... Read more>
Ram Dass - Learning to Grieve

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Ram Dass - Learning to Grieve It is important, as we get older, to learn how to grieve. Although this may sound self-evident, experience has taught me that it is not. In a culture that emphasizes stoicism and forward... Read more>
giveoutkarma

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Question: Our first question is, we would like for you to define the term Karma Yoga and the second part to that would be how would you suggest that we, as lay people, manifest that form of yoga in our lives? Ram... Read more>
godguruself

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Ramana Maharshi said that God, guru, and the Self are the same. The guru, the true guide, awakens our own deeper being, or ātman, which is God itself. Ramana Maharshi realized that Self directly. His view from the... Read more>
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Not everyone is ready to talk with you about dying. We have to honor all of our individual differences. Years ago my father was about to have a minor surgery, and the night before, I visited him in the hospital. No... Read more>
shivashakti

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At one point Maharaji said, "See everything as the Mother and you will know God." What was he talking about, seeing your mother in everything? We Westerners have our share of relationship complexities with our mothers,... Read more>
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A husband and wife tell the following story: Husband: I was working in Calcutta in the smallpox program. It was one of those times when I was having a tiny pang of remorse. I went through the streets of Calcutta and... 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>
greatescape

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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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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... Read more>
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One day Baba arrived with some devotees at the house of Prem Lal, the manager of Titagarh Paper Mills in Lucknow. Prem Lal had engaged a new servant to clean in the kitchen who was keen to have Baba's darshan. After... Read more>
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"Meditation is good, one can attain a pure mind by one-pointedness and detachment. Meditate upon one point and you will know God." - Maharaji  Maharaji would sometimes say, "What do I know? England is so far off." But... Read more>
fearface

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Ram Dass talks about our typical response to fear, and how that response is often counterintuitive to freeing ourselves from that fear, which ultimately stems from the realization of our own... Read more>


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PART 1: In this address, to the Bassett Hospital staff in Cooperstown, NY, Ram Dass points to the mystical perspective of life being seen as a preparation for death. He discusses different ways we can approach death... Read more>
consciousagingrevised

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Recorded at the Conscious Aging conference sponsored by the Omega Institute in 1992 on the nature of change and facing death with Ram Dass. This conscious aging conference was the first of its kind on aging. Ram... Read more>
hgmadhava

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In May of this year my good friend Sridhar invited me to a Hare Krishna Kirtan conclave in North Carolina, saying he knew how much I loved Kirtan. He also knew that I was a little shy of the ISCON movement in general... Read more>
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(60 Minutes) Meditations on the Gita combines readings from the Bhagavad Gita by Ram Dass with musical accompaniments by John McDowell, Steve Gorn and Gardner Cole. Chants by Ram Dass, Diana Rogers and Shyamdas... Read more>
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Goddess of Music, the Arts, and Wisdom   Traditionally, people of many thousands of years ago, placed their confidence and valued the unseen world more than they did in material possessions. Modern people have... Read more>


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