Practices of Purification

Practices of purification are done in order to “cool us out,” so we’re not creating so much heavy karma for ourselves. We are constantly preoccupied with the creations of our minds. Einstein said, “The true value of a human being can be found in the degree to which he has attained liberation from the self.” What we strive to be liberated from is our habitual thought patterns and the pull of our senses. Lightening up in these areas gives us the space to refocus and deepen the benefits of centering the mind with meditation, mantra or the practices of Bhakti yoga. With the deepening of these practices, comes the higher wisdom.

This trip is fraught with paradoxes. You have to give it all up to have it all. Turn off your mind – there is a place in you that already knows – trust that. Jesus said, “Unless ye become as little children, ye cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” Being is dying by loving. Something within me must die. It’s like the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly. The caterpillar will not be a flying caterpillar for it will have changed. We’re talking about how to become butterflies.

This is the pathless path – returning to where you were initially before you got lost. The deepest truth in you is where the journey leads – shedding, like taking off layers of an onion, until you come to your essence. The key to the spiritual journey is not acquiring something outside of yourself. Rather it is shedding the veils to come back to the deepest truth of your being.

All that you seek is already within you. It’s often focused in the center of the chest, which has been called the soul or in Hinduism, the Atman, in Buddhism, the pure Buddha-Mind. Christ said, “The kingdom of heaven is within you.” Quakers call it the “still small voice within.” This is the space of full awareness that is in harmony with the universe, and thus is wisdom itself. Inside each of us is the full spirit of God. When you want to approach God, go inward to meet God inside.

The offering up or cleaning up ego stuff is called purification. Purification is the act of letting go. This is done out of discriminative awareness. That is, you understand that you are an entity passing through a life in which the entire drama is an offering for your awakening. You see that the life experience is a vehicle for coming to God, or becoming conscious, for becoming liberated. And you understand ultimately that’s what you are doing here.

Excerpt from Ram Dass’ book Polishing the Mirror: How to Live from Your Spiritual Heart

7 thoughts on “Practices of Purification”

  1. What I dont understand, no matter how much I read, meditate or see,feel or hear, is why we have left in the 1st place. if we are returning to love means we were once there, we were once in pure love, in union with all, with God, but not anymore. I understand the concept of learning, the necessity of suffering, the journey and all, but if we ask why why why all the way to the 1st why, I have still not found an answer.. would be great if someone could enlighten me… sending love…

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    • Why? Your premise that we were once in pure love but “not anymore” needs loving examination.

      The union with God in pure love, in union with all, is still there and available to us to realize, that is the journey within of which Ram Dass writes.

      When we arrive here as infants, this consciousness is like a blank canvass of pure potentiality which the Universe (God) has made available to all sentient beings through unconditional love.

      The gist of the Ram Dass post is that we have, through living in this world of free choice, differentiality and expansion, acquired an “onion skin” or a “veil” of mental conditioning through an ego personality that keeps us from living in the union of pure love.

      As we both expand the frontiers of this consciousness and drop the ego conditioning (peel the onion or drop the veil) allowing unconditional love to be manifest in our lives, a natural change occurs in our being and actions to further the evolution of pure love and union in this consciousness. Perhaps that is why.

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    • Why? Your premise that we were once in pure love but “not anymore” needs loving examination.

      The union with God in pure love, in union with all, is still there and available to us to realize, that is the journey within of which Ram Dass writes.

      When we arrive here as infants, this consciousness is like a blank canvass of pure potentiality which the Universe (God) has made available to all sentient beings through unconditional love.

      The gist of the Ram Dass post is that we have, through living in this world of free choice, differentiality and expansion, acquired an “onion skin” or a “veil” of mental conditioning through an ego personality that keeps us from living in the union of pure love.

      As we both expand the frontiers of this consciousness and drop the ego conditioning (peel the onion or drop the veil) allowing unconditional love to be manifest in our lives, a natural change occurs in our being and our actions to further the evolution of pure love and union in this consciousness. Perhaps that is why.

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    • I remember reading a book, a long time ago by Yehuda Berg (Kabbalah Centre) and the gist of it was that at one stage we were like Spiritual receptacles into which all good ‘things’ were poured. However the desire to be self fulfilling and self sufficient came along and basically to say it very briefly, here we are to achieve that. We were meant to fall, so to speak, to achieve this as we could not become self fulfilling, self sufficient without entertaining a sense of separation from God. Although there is another explanation that this world experience is the story of the Prodigal son who thought he could be something or make something of himself without God!!

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    • lol….thanks Anne, that would be a beautiful and simple answer was this world to be a full fun place where everyone is enjoying life, and having loads of fun… 🙂

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