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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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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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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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Sophisticated Sexuality

"I've had hundreds of lifetimes as a spiritual teacher. Yet, even as a spiritual teacher, I continued to have relationships. I continued to love people. The quality of the relationships of course changed as I changed, and I think that you'll find this will happen to you too. What will become important will be to do your very best for someone in every way, to be a servant of another individual, without one impure thought, action or motive. "It's not a question of what we do, but of intent. Sexuality is essentially unimportant in the spiritual process; Love is totally important in the spiritual process, in any form -- it is the spiritual process." 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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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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The Non-Doing of Meditation

“Meditation is not a doing. It just is. We think of meditation as something that we have to do, something that we have to accomplish. This is emblazoned on our consciousness by our lives. That's why I think people have difficulty with meditation. They try and do it. You can't. It's not something that can be done, nor is it something that can be undone. "Meditation has nothing to do with that, the personal self, that is. Meditation is timeless awareness. You don't have to do anything to make it happen. You don't have to rub two sticks together vigorously to create fire. The fire is already burning inside. To become aware of that which is, you simply have to stop … stop all the doings that you do, all the actions you perform, all the rituals….. "Meditation just is. You don't have to do anything.... Meditation exists with you constantly. The universe is meditation. That awareness is everywhere, just as the air is everywhere. You don't have to go to the air; you're breathing it already. You may be unaware that you're breathing -- your attention is elsewhere -- but you can easily become aware of the air. So you can easily meditate. “ Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz
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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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Love - The Fourth Level of Ecstasy

"It seems to me that it's essential to know about love. Love comes in many forms, and to not love is to not live. Many people talk about meditation and self-discovery and bringing themselves to higher levels of consciousness, yet they seem, for all their knowledge and ability, for all the various terminologies that they can utilize ...to not know very much about love. So this evening I'd like to place you a little bit ahead of the game, if I can. I'd like to save you about ten or twenty lifetimes, and I'd like to talk to you about love." Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz
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Tibetan Yoga and Secret Doctrine

"The Tibetan Book of the Dead is thought by many to be a very archaic book that describes what happens to you after you die.... That is the popular understanding of the book. The real use of the book though, the esoteric use of the book and the secret teachings, has nothing to do with that at all. The idea that death changes anything is laughed at by the enlightened teachers. This is death... Life is the bardo. The bardo is not something that you experience after death (it's that too): everything that's present after death is present now. All of the dimensions, worlds, planes of existence and, of course, nirvana, exist now, and one does not have to wait for death to experience the alternate realities or to grow towards enlightenment or be absorbed in nirvana. All of that is now, since there is no time and there is no dimension. The Tibetan Book of the Dead is not correctly named: rather, it's a Book of the Living ... or a Book of Life. It's a book that teaches you about inner states of awareness." Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz
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The Truth

"Self-discovery tries to take you beyond reason. A reason is a terrible trap—because you will be satisfied with answers. And if you're satisfied with answers, you'll never come to know what life really is. Life can only be known through direct experience—direct experience in meditation, where you're tasting the water or feeling it, which is far removed from simply talking about it or hearing someone else's experiences. The next step, of course, is to become it." Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz
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