How can you use your heart to transcend your thinking mind?

This path takes you out of your mind and into your heart.

Imagine feeling more love from someone than you have ever known. You’re being loved even more than your mother loved you when you were an infant, more than you were ever loved by your father, your child, or your most intimate lover—anyone. This lover doesn’t need anything from you, isn’t looking for personal gratification, and only wants your complete fulfillment.

You are loved just for being who you are, just for existing. You don’t have to do anything to earn it. Your shortcomings, your lack of self-esteem, physical perfection, or social and economic success— none of that matters. No one can take this love away from you, and it will always be here.

Imagine that being in this love is like relaxing endlessly into a warm bath that surrounds and supports your every movement, so that every thought and feeling is permeated by it. You feel as though you are dissolving into love.

This love is actually part of you; it is always flowing through you. It’s like the subatomic texture of the universe, the dark matter that connects everything. When you tune in to that flow, you will feel it in your own heart—not your physical heart or your emotional heart, but your spiritual heart, the place you point to in your chest when you say, “I am.”

This is your deeper heart, your intuitive heart. It is the place where the higher mind, pure awareness, the subtler emotions, and your soul identity all come together and you connect to the universe, where presence and love are.

Unconditional love really exists in each of us. It is part of our deep inner being. It is not so much an active emotion as a state of being. It’s not “I love you” for this or that reason, not “I love you if you love me.” It’s love for no reason, love without an object. It’s just sitting in love, a love that incorporates the chair and the room and permeates everything around. The thinking mind is extinguished in love.

If I go into the place in myself that is love and you go into the place in yourself that is love, we are together in love. Then you and I are truly in love, the state of being love. That’s the entrance to Oneness. That’s the space I entered when I met my guru.

Years ago in India I was sitting in the courtyard of the little temple in the Himalayan foothills. Thirty or forty of us were there around my guru, Maharaj-ji. This old man wrapped in a plaid blanket was sitting on a plank bed, and for a brief uncommon interval everyone had fallen silent. It was a meditative quiet, like an open field on a windless day or a deep clear lake without a ripple. I felt waves of love radiating toward me, washing over me like a gentle surf on a tropical shore, immersing me, rocking me, caressing my soul, infinitely accepting and open.

maharaji_1I was nearly overcome, on the verge of tears, so grateful and so full of joy it was hard to believe it was happening. Opening my eyes, I looked around, and I could feel that everyone else around me was experiencing the same thing. I looked over at my guru. He was just sitting there, looking around, not doing anything. It was just his being, shining like the sun equally on everyone. It wasn’t directed at anyone in particular. For him it was nothing special, just his own nature.

This love is like sunshine, a natural force, a completion of what is, a bliss that permeates every particle of existence. In Sanskrit it’s called sat-cit-ananda, “truth-consciousness-bliss,” the bliss of consciousness of existence.

That vibrational field of ananda love permeates everything; everything in that vibration is in love. It’s a different state of being beyond the mind. We were transported by Maharaj-ji’s love from one vibrational level to another, from the ego to the soul level. When Maharaj-ji brought me to my soul through that love, my mind just stopped working. Perhaps that’s why unconditional love is so hard to describe, and why the best descriptions come from mystic poets. Most of our descriptions are from the point of view of conditional love, from an interpersonal standpoint that just dissolves in that unconditioned place.

When Maharaj-ji was near me, I was bathed in that love. One of the other Westerners with Maharaj-ji, Larry Brilliant, said:

“How do I explain who Maharaj-ji was and how he did what he did? I don’t have any explanation. Maybe it was his love of God. I can’t explain who he was. I can almost begin to understand how he loved everybody. That was his job, he was a saint. Saints are supposed to love everybody. But that’s not what always staggered me, not that he loved everybody—but that when I was sitting in front of him I loved everybody.

That was the hardest thing for me to understand, how he could so totally transform the spirit of people who were with him and bring out not just the best in us, but something that wasn’t even in us, that we didn’t know. I don’t think any of us were ever as good or as pure or as loving in our whole lives as we were when we were sitting in front of him.”

Welcome to the path of the heart! Believe it or not, this can be your reality, to be loved unconditionally and to begin to become that love. This path of love doesn’t go anywhere. It just brings you more here, into the present moment, into the reality of who you already are.

Excerpt from BE LOVE NOW by Ram Dass


21 thoughts on “How can you use your heart to transcend your thinking mind?”

  1. This feeling of Oneness can be experienced between lovers, being in love. No words. Like the mutual trance of lovers in John Donne’s poem “The Ecstasy.” And the mommy and the baby nursing. We have access to Oneness , but you teach us how to cultivate our soul nature. Thank you. I met you reading “Be Here Now” when I was in my 20’s. Now in my seventies, you are “still here. “

  2. Nice. I had a dream once of meeting a guru like this. I saw him and we merged in love. I have never seen this guru in real life nor have I dreamed of him again. Strange.

  3. “I Love.”
    It’s an affirmation I can live with over and over, day in and day out, from one lifetime to another, without ever getting tired of saying it.
    It is in the giving of love that I’m twice blessed. I got so much of it when I come into your presence that I can’t keep it in and I must share or I know that I could die. And so, I tell you that “I Love You,” and hope that you never stop listening . . .
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  4. Interesting. Sounds somewhat like a aspect of many near-death experiences.

    Reminds me of an experience I had. It was shortly after my dad died, maybe a month or two. I went to sleep, a normal sleep as far as I remember, but I woke up in the night, floating in this white light. Where I was floating was totally peaceful, totally warm, totally comfortable in every way possible, and there was this feeling of love, absolute, unconditional, beyond parental type of love. All there really was was “I love you soooo much, You are so loved. and I loved this being, and there was just me and this being, whoever it was. I saw no one, in fact, I really didn’t see anything but that white light. Somehow, there was a purple light there too, next to the white light, but not really next to it, it’s really hard to explain. All I can really say is that somehow, with the white light, there was also a purple light somewhere there too, and there was love, and that was all there was, is, shall be, and nothing else really mattered. And then I don’t remember anything after that, and after a while, it was morning, and time to get up, and it was wonderful.

    • Shortly after my dad died I was feeling devastated having never had the experience of losing somebody close to me, when he came to me in a dream too, I was looking at a beautiful scene , a sparkling stream running through a sunny woodland feeling a warm breeze on my face when I heard a disembodied voice in my ear – it was my father speaking to me – but I had the sense that he was the sunlight, the warm breeze, the beautiful scene in front of me , he was all of this and he was saying to me ”I have been looking at this house for you” His energy surrounded me and was also part of me, it was an amazing uplifting comforting experience and I’m so grateful.

      • Wonderful. It is good that we can still have some contact with our loved ones even after they leave this existence. So, did you know what house he was talking about?

        I feel like maybe my dad has moved on, which I am glad. After this experience, maybe a year or two later, I dreamed that my aunt (still living) took me to this tropical resort to see my dad, and he was there, looking very good, healthy and happy (he was very troubled in this life). I saw him and I felt these big, racking, involuntary sobs but they were emanating from right in the middle of my chest, I could feel them in a very different way than in my usual everyday life. I was so happy to see him. I went to hug him, and then the dream was over.

        • I think the ‘house’ he was talking about was in reference to what is waiting for me when my time comes to leave this plane, and my paltry human mind interpreted his message as a ‘house’ , does that make sense? I don’t think we have the language to explain the wonders that await us when we pass over. 🙂

          • Wouldn’t it be cool if the human brain developed the ability to verbalize those wonders. Transcendent language.

  5. I think everyone was open, and just settled in to the thing Maharaji was, the place he was. In that openness they simply found the infinite love zone.
    Feelings are contagious, the energy radiated is perceived by all, aware or not.

  6. The love described here is the love that Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross wrote about in her autobiography, “The Wheel of Life.” In her chapter on “Life After Death,” she summarizes the feelings of over 20,000 people and the change these people felt when they left their physical body. They all felt the unconditional, warm love noted above. In fact the only regret of the people she interviewed was that they didn’t stay “dead.” Where they went and what they felt was so overwhelmingly wonderful, they didn’t want to come back to this life.

  7. I believe we can love like this when we nurture our own solitude with prayer, good reading, acknowledging a higher power greater than ourselves who is all good, kind and merciful, slow to anger and full of abounding love. When we have been filled up by our “source” , then we are capable of giving back like this man.

  8. What can anyone say about the Guru’s Love. Yes you know that you are loved, but then you begin to feel this same Love for others…even those that you don’t really care for. Very strange but magnificent at the same time.


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