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Purity and Humility

“Without purity it’s impossible to realize God.... We have a lot of different ideas about what self-realization is, what God consciousness is, but in order to go beyond ideas to direct realization, of that which is and will always be, it’s essential to have a great deal of purity. Unless you have a great deal of purity, it’s difficult, if not impossible, to retain higher spiritual energy. Or we might say, it’s difficult, if not impossible, to stay in a higher consciousness.” Rama – Dr. Frederick Lenz "Humility is the most important quality in the spiritual life. There is no quality that is more important because whatever qualities and powers you possess -- if you do not have humility -- they’re all in vain; whereas if you have humility, you’re halfway to God-realization. Humility is not enough, but I say it’s the most important quality you can possess in your arsenal of spiritual qualities because it is the only one that, when it is lacking, spiritual growth stops. ... So if you seek eternity and light and luminosity, seek humility first.” Rama – Dr. Frederick Lenz
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The Yoga of Discrimination

“There are four major paths to self-realization. Of the four, jnana yoga, from the point of view of the beginner, is the most difficult. Jnana yoga is the graduate school of self-discovery. Ordinarily in spiritual practice one begins by practicing bhakti, the path of love. The path of love leads to the path of self-giving. The third pathway in the normal course of evolution is jnana yoga: discrimination and absorption. Mysticism, the fourth way, is not practiced by all…. “Discrimination means seeing that which is real and knowing that which is unreal. That which is real is that which is eternal, that which lasts forever. That which is unreal, or less real we might say, is that which is transitory, temporal, that which does not last but erodes in time... The path of knowledge is said to be difficult in that it is the path of samadhi…. Samadhi is absorption in God. In the state of samadhi one has only the sense that one is perfect being. There is no awareness of separativity. There's no sense of time, place or condition. Samadhi is the actual awareness of what you really are.” Rama – Dr. Frederick Lenz
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Spiritual Absorption and Nirvana

"There is a way beyond time, beyond birth, beyond death and rebirth. The way is not to avoid birth, death and rebirth. The way is not to avoid pleasure and pain, hope and sorrow, sadness and frustration. The way is not to accept nor is it to reject. The way is to become without becoming, to act without reason, without hope, without disbelief, without antagonism. The way is to be absorbed, to be absorbed in eternity itself. Not just to think of God or see God or feel God or even to be God, but to be absorbed, to enter into that endless ocean we call nirvana, to be absorbed, to return to the source, to become immortality itself." Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz

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Samadhi and the Supraconscious States

"I'd like to consider with you what the nature of samadhi is, and try and gain an understanding of not only why an individual seeks to go into samadhi, and how that occurs, but what the result of this process is." Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz

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Women, Men and Self Realization

As a woman, do you feel like you have been playing a role based on what society thinks women should be? As a man, do you feel you are limited by the world's description of masculinity?

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Spiritual Teachers and the Enlightenment Process

"I would like to address what I consider to be the most difficult topic for a person who seeks enlightenment to deal with."

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Liberation and Self-Realization

Liberation and Self-Realization is a journey into understanding what enlightenment is like. If you are curious how a self-realized, enlightened being sees the play of life, this lecture goes deep into the radical differences between enlightened mind and ordinary mind. Concepts like time and space are redefined: “Time is not a movement in space. Space is a movement in time.“ For Rama, all the images in our lives are snapshots, stills in a movie, and always exist. We just move through these perfectly still images, and create the sense of motion like a cartoon.

Don't worry about the advanced concepts presented here. As the lecture reaches its climax, Rama suggests the way beyond concepts like time and space is simply to love. “Love is self-realization. Love is liberation“, Rama tells us. “The only way beyond time, the only way to unravel the knot of existence, is to love.” This entertaining and fascinating finish will balance your heart and mind, and inspire you on your journey to spiritual liberation.

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Modular Mysticism: Storing Power

"In the practice of mysticism there are four stages. The first stage is gaining power. The second stage is avoiding the loss of power. The third stage is storing power. And the fourth stage is giving power.

"I've talked a great deal about gaining power and losing power. But one subject I haven't dealt with is how to store power. That's what I'd like to talk to you a little bit about….When I say, "store power," what I mean is you are going to take awareness and consciousness and go into another plane of reality with it and leave it there and draw on it. There are many, many ways to do this. Tonight I'd like to allude to a few of them." Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz

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Instant Enlightenment

“How can you tell when you're enlightened?...Enlightenment means the total dissolution of the self in the white light of eternity. It doesn't simply mean that you can sit and go into samadhi and have a very high meditation. It means that there is no longer a personal self....

"Enlightenment is difficult to discuss because there are different types of enlightenment ….There are satori illuminations when we have a very high meditation, and classically, when you have a satori illumination, for about 40 days afterwards you will be in a very high state of awareness. You experience satori, you go into a type of enlightened state, but then after that time has passed, gradually your consciousness will return to the world.

"Enlightenment, from my point of view, does not involve going into samadhi a few times or having a few satori experiences. Over a period of years of going into samadhi day after day, night after night, for hundreds and thousands of hours, enlightenment takes place. The way I define it is self-realization. That is to say, enlightenment doesn't simply mean that you've gone up a few times and seen the white light of eternity and merged with the all. I would say that's a basic level of samadhi. Enlightenment has to do with the erasure of the samskaras -- the past life tendencies -- after you've gone into samadhi for hundreds and thousands of hours ... many, many times over a period of years ... as is described, let's say, in the biography of Ramakrishna.” Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz

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Spiritual Crossroads

In this talk given on July 5, 1983, Rama outlined the stages, challenges and crossroads his students could expect to encounter in their study with him, particularly in years 1-5.

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How to Make Friends With God

“I think God is the least discussed subject. Less is known about God than anything else. People know about the world, they know about careers, they know about time, space. They know how to succeed, how to attract other people, how to raise children, build tall buildings, have advanced telecommunication networks, build bombs, pave roads, construct complex societies, write books … but they don't know anything about God. It's amazing.” Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz How do you get to know God? Detailed advice from one who has gotten to know God.
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Why Don't More Women Attain Enlightenment?

“The subject that I would like to discuss with you tonight is important. It's important because it reflects our world and the understanding that our world has. We live in a world that is very, very out of balance. I don't feel that any of us will necessarily correct that. I do believe, though, that if we sincerely want to, we can bring about a balance in our own lives. When we do that, we inspire others to do the same…. "Why don't more women attain enlightenment? Why don't more men attain enlightenment? More men than women attain enlightenment. This suggests an imbalance. I would like to address the question—why don't more women attain enlightenment—this evening. But in addressing that question, I'm also addressing the question, why don't more men attain enlightenment? Why don't we live in an enlightened and happy world? Because I feel one is wrapped up in the other and one cannot be separated from the other, but there is a greater imbalance reflected on one side of the question than on the other. I'd like to look at that side. Why don't more women attain enlightenment?” Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz

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