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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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The Yoga of Mysticism and Power

“There are four principal pathways that lead to self-realization. Mysticism is the hidden way.... "The path of love seeks to unite us with immortality through love of God. The path of selfless giving seeks to unite us with immortality, with nirvana, through action. Love is passive; self-giving is active. Jnana yoga, the path of discrimination, seeks to unite us with eternity through knowledge -- by pushing away all illusions of the self and coming to know who and what we are....

“Mysticism uses power -- the utilization of power to unite us with our eternal self. When we practice mysticism, we deal with two sides of ourselves: that which is seen and that which is unseen. The part of our being that we see is the island of the first attention. The part of ourself that we're not conscious of is the ocean of our second attention.” Rama – Dr. Frederick Lenz

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Dharma and Karma

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

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Modular Mysticism: Seeing

“Nothing is or is not, unless thinking makes it so. We all know the words. Therefore the only way you can tell what is beyond, what is or is not, is to stop thought. Seeing is the process of stopping all thought.” Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz

"You know, the question comes up all the time. Why does one person see more than another? Why can you sit there and see red auras and blue auras and the person next to you won't, if the auras are in fact there? Well, the reason is very simple. The only reason all of you don't see more than you do is because you're held back by your description (of the world). Because in your description, certain things happen and certain things don't, and your description won't bend." Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz

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Modular Mysticism: Dress for Power

“One's progression along the spiritual path is a very, very intricate matter. This evening I'd like to talk to you a little bit about the structure of your being and how this process actually works, with specific recommendations as to what you can do to radically alter your current state of knowledge and awareness….

"Let us begin with clothing. It doesn't really matter where we start because the rule will apply to everything we discuss. We could discuss the orderliness of your room or your house or your career. But let us begin with clothing, because once you understand the principle, you can apply it to any aspect of your life.“ Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz

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Neutral Density

"The universe is actually alive. It is intelligence -- an intelligence that far surpasses anything that has yet been seen or dreamed or imagined. And you enter into that intelligence. You are it. You're a reflection of it. But to see it all, to be it, to be that totality -- that's what attracts a few of us to perpetually go forward into it. And it's neither moral nor amoral, good nor bad. It's not an achievement. It's just what you're drawn to. We're drawn back to the sea of eternity ... and along the way there are places you can get stuck." Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz

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Overcoming Stress

“Why does a person experience stress? Stress occurs because that which is within you -- which is light, intelligence, energy -- wants to do certain things and doesn't want to do other things. And that changes. Stress is a result of the fact that you're out of tune with your life and your inner being. If you are doing that which is within you, what that part of you that is beyond (the) body would like you to do, then you would not experience stress, because you would be very fulfilled." Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz

"Meditation is the process of stilling the outer surface mind so that you can become aware of the deeper mind within, which has all the answers. Your deeper mind knows everything already. If you can gain control of the surface mind, then the deeper mind will control the surface mind… it will send it the right thoughts and inspirations and feelings…. That deeper mind will direct you. And if you follow its directions, once you've learned to get in touch with it, then you will overcome stress. That is my solution to stress.” Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz

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Karma

“Karma, first of all, is engendered by states of mind. It’s best to think of karma, not so much in terms of physical action, but as waveforms of vibratory energy. Karma is your own energy -- the energy patterns that emanate from your life, from your actions, from your thoughts, feelings and desires…. If you could see the earth from a vibratory point of view and not be distracted by the physical, you would see something like radio waves, billions of them, cascading constantly in very complex patterns all over the earth. These waves are emitted from the thoughts, feelings and actions of each individual life form here. That's what karma is.” Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz

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Zazen: Concentration and Meditation

"There are two practices -- concentration and meditation. For the first year or two, you probably will be almost exclusively practicing concentration. You will try meditating, but it won't come until later... When you concentrate, you're focusing on something. When you meditate, you're letting go and dissolving, you're seeking to stop all thought.

"It is very hard to stop your thoughts. Try it. Not to have one thought, image, idea, or associative feeling in the mind is difficult for most people. Rather than just trying to stop your thoughts, which is hard and frustrating, it's easier to concentrate and focus on something. As you focus completely on something, all other thoughts will be forced out of the mind because your attention will be dominated by the object of concentration. This develops your mental power exquisitely." Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz

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The Zen of Sports and Athletics

"In a Zen state of mind, you do not worry ... you don't give your thoughts to your opponent, you don't give your power or thoughts to success or failure, you don't care about the crowd that's watching you or the fact that no one is watching you. There is only one thought -- one feeling -- and that is becoming one with the play, with the move, with the action, with the sequence, with the team." Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz "So in the Zen of sports and athletics, we seek to bring discipline and control into our physical movements, but at the same time to eliminate the Self.… The emptiness of play -- or we could call it the fullness -- is when there is no self present. There is no one playing; there is only play itself taking place, perfect fluid motion." Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz "A person who practices sports and athletics, who is able to stop their thoughts during the play and allow the universe to spill through them, is capable of great magic." Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz
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Tantric Buddhism

Tantric Buddhism is a pathway to Enlightenment. In Tantra we do not avoid the world. We embrace it. We believe that God exists in everything. We focus on the clear light of reality in and through all experiences.

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Six Worlds

There is more than just this world and heaven and hell. In Buddhist cosmology we realize there are many worlds and that these worlds really exist inside our own mind. Everything exists within our own mind. How we navigate through these worlds and what the path is that leads beyond all worlds this talk addresses.

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