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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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Pleasure, Pain and the Senses

Sensual experiences are so intense that we tend to forget there is something beyond them.  Rama offers two ways to overcome the suffering created by the dream of the senses.  One is to alter the dream by refocusing your attention upon God.  The other is to put an end to the dreamer by stopping thought.

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Spiritual Experiences, Dreams and Visions

Prepare for one of Rama's most inspiring and fun talks. Rama defines spiritual experiences and declares, “the most common type of spiritual experience is the one that you're having at the moment. We call it life.”

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Dreaming

"All of life is a dream. There are no unimportant dreams. Dreaming is the borderline between life and death. It is the most sophisticated of all spiritual arts....

"This world, this earth, the people upon it, the ages that have past, the stars, the moon -- the experiences that each one of us has -- our loves, friendships, hopes, dreams, ambitions, frustrations -- from the moment of our birth to the moment of our death -- that which we call the experience -- our experience in this world is but a dream or a succession of dreams." Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz

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Magic

“In order to practice magic, you need only one thing -- awareness. We have other selves that are not of this world, of this time, of this cycle. We are ancient beings, evolving forward and backwards simultaneously; we are not structured in time. We are eternal travelers, eternal voyagers -- appearing to be here when in fact we are somewhere else. And when you can contact yourself in that other place, when you can open up a kind of an inter-dimensional phone line between yourself and your various selves, when you become aware of that, that’s when magic begins. You enter another world -- a world of dreams." Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz

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Transcendentalism

”Our subject tonight is transcendentalism -- the awareness of eternity in the present.... As I’m sitting talking to you, I’m watching a squirrel. I’m sitting here in the Dodge van and I’m watching this cute little guy hop back and forth, apparently oblivious to our technologically-oriented civilization. He’s out there in his world, a world of trees and nuts and wind and rain and sunshine -- completely unaware of the things that we are aware of, and, of course, we are unaware of the things that he is aware of. So transcendentalism suggests that we are aware of our world …but we are completely oblivious to a world that may be right next to us. Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz

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Buddhist Enlightenment

Buddhism involves bringing your mind into clearer and clearer states. We completely purify the mind and then we go beyond all states of mind. When there is no self and therefore no one to perceive states of mind, there is only enlightenment.

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Miracles

"I like miracles. They inspire me. Miracles cause you to believe, to have faith in the unseen, to look further into things. So miracles have a purpose. Miracles help people believe in enlightenment.... But the real miracle, obviously, is the transformation of consciousness from limitation and pain to enlightenment and ecstasy." Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz