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Ram Dass talks about the stroke as Maharaji’s grace. Before the stroke, Ram Dass felt Maharaji’s grace and connection and he felt “under his blanket” and the stroke did something to Ram Dass’ body, but it also did something to his heart, too. It felt like Maharaji had withdrawn his grace. Ram Dass wondered if Maharaji was out to lunch during the stroke. In Ram Dass’ hospital room, he had a picture of Maharaji. The doctors, nurses, and visitors reacted like, “Too bad this happened to you” which was the culture Ram Dass grew up in. He started to see it as too bad, too. Then he would think of the stroke, and then Maharaji’s grace. So, Ram Dass had to stop thinking negatively like the others. The stroke was as much his grace as anything else.

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