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The Lakshmi Series of 28 talks are the first talk recordings produced by Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz. Taped in private and public settings in 1982 and 1983, these teachings cover a vast range of topics that Rama once called "the basics that everyone should know".
In today's hectic world of wireless devices, trending topics, and general economic turmoil, people find a simple balance in life very difficult to achieve. In this lecture, How to Achieve Spiritual Balance, Rama lays out a few basic guidelines for finding balance in your life.
“Spiritual balance occurs largely through being yourself,” Rama states. Yet he also concedes this task is not easy because “to be yourself is a most difficult process for most persons because they really have no idea who or what they are.” This is where meditation comes into play. “When you sit quietly with no thought in your mind,” Rama reminds us, “when you push the squalls of emotion aside, when the thought storms go out to sea, a light will come.”
It is also suggested that we stop taking ourselves so seriously. Humility is revealed as the secret key to balance: “Humility means a lack of self-consciousness. Self-consciousness is ego. Ego is that which destroys spiritual balance.” Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz
"I would like to address what I consider to be the most difficult topic for a person who seeks enlightenment to deal with."
Dharma is the path that is in alignment with what’s right. It is the line that separates good karma from bad karma. . . . Most people think of karma in physical terms, as circular cause and effect, but karma is not someone keeping records to make sure that whatever actions you take, you will experience the same later on in another life. Instead karma has to do with states of mind. Your karma determines your level of awareness: it controls the thoughts that you think, the emotions that you experience, and the things that they attract to you. Your karma – your level of awareness – is based on the dharma that you lived in past lives
We do not need to shave our head and wear an ochre robe to meditate and progress on the path to enlightenment. No, we do not, and that is what is so exciting! We can meditate anywhere at any time. All we need to do is still our mind. Find out as a spiritual aspirant what attitudes and actions can help us on our journey.
The message of the Bhagavad Gita is to fight, to act, to play our part in life. If we work well then we discipline our mind and body and the strength that results stays with us and leaves the body with us. The Bhagavad Gita also urges us to seek enlightenment to go beyond the wheel of birth, death and rebirth.
A real enlightened teacher is intense and they are not going to fit into Hollywood images of a teacher. To become enlightened, you need to do what no one does, transcend the self. The steps and maneuvers to become enlightened are learned inwardly from someone who is enlightened.
"Wisdom is the ability to do two things at once -- to be in the world and of it, to enjoy it, to participate in it fully and successfully, and at the same time, to not be here at all -- to be in realms of light, to be in samadhi, beyond all this. That’s true wisdom." Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz
In The Wheel of Dharma, Rama engages the reader in a conversation on truth, perception, existence, life and death, love and light, and more. This book is a microcosm of his teachings, with wonderful black and white illustrations.
The Psychic Development talk-set contains 6 talks; Selfless Giving, Dharma, The Caretaker Personality, Psychic Self-Defense, Places of Power, and Seeing.