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"Meditation is not simply a practice. It is an experience, an awareness, a way of perceiving and also a way of life ..."
“The path that is followed by most persons in the beginning of their spiritual search is the path of love. Love is the easiest and most effective way to begin our search for self-realization, for ourselves. Love is the highest of all qualities that we can experience….
“Naturally there are different forms of love, different expressions of love. We can really say that the gradation of love is determined by to whom that love is directed…. In the most advanced state of love, we don't love for any reason or any purpose; we don't even direct our love necessarily to an object. We just love for the sake of love. Love is beginningless and endless ecstasy. It's an unfathomable mystery. It is the study of our lives.” Rama – Dr. Frederick Lenz
“Why aren't you happy? Why aren't you satisfied with your life? Deep down inside you know that you're not really happy or satisfied or free. You're entangled in a mass of emotions, you're bombarded by thoughts and ideas that don't make you happy, you live in a world gone mad, where people use technology to find faster and more efficient ways to kill each other, where in every home there's cruelty and unhappiness, where love is just another four-letter word for fulfillment of desire, where beauty is laughed at, purity stained, humility ignored.
“Why aren't you happy? Why aren't all of you happy when there's so much to have and so much to be? The reason is very simple. At the root of all problems we find one causal answer -- self-giving. The reason you're not happy, the reason the world lacks peace, the reason that we cannot find ourselves, is that we lack happiness -- the happiness that comes from self-giving.” Rama – Dr. Frederick Lenz
“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
"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
“Death is a hidden country. It is a land beyond sight, beyond sound, beyond the conditions, laws and limitations of this world.… Death is not endless, nor is life. Life and death are two states of awareness.
“Really there is no life and there is no death. The idea that there is life, the idea that there is death, these are apprehensions that our mind presents to us. What I mean by that is that the sense of life and death that we have is not necessarily correct.… Most people have very fixed ideas about what life and death are. They're quite sure that they know. I would suggest that most people know almost nothing about life and death.
“The way you come to know, the way out of life and death, is through love. Love is the bridge that unites life and death -- always remember this.” Rama – Dr. Frederick Lenz
"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
The Caretaker Personality is a way of dealing with the world. As you meditate, you come to realize that you don't have one personality, you have many different selves inside you. You can choose which one to use in any situation, like choosing clothing that’s appropriate to an occasion. Two in particular -- The Child and The Warrior -- are of great value to the spiritual aspirant.
A person who practices Tibetan yoga is seeking a higher rebirth or absorption in God. While an opportunity to achieve that exists shortly after the onset of death, it is possible to achieve it in your current lifetime without having to die.
Traditionally spiritual seekers have gone into places of solitude to practice, but in today's world it is impossible to get away from humanity. Here is Rama's practical advice about solitude, spiritual fellowship, housing and career in the modern age.