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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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Rama Live - Consciousness Expansion and Desire

The world is constantly imprinting us. It’s imprinting us with ideas, beliefs, vibrational forms, all kinds of things. And the imprinting is so constant and so powerful, that it’s necessary for us to allow Eternity to imprint ourselves in a slightly different way. So when we have one of these moments, the longer we can meditate upon it, the longer we can keep it in our cumulative consciousness, the stronger in a sense it will become. Because the moment is not really a moment. Rather, it’s an entrance into another plane of reality, and that plane of reality is always available.
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Rama Live In LA

Rama Live In LA is a set of three talks, recorded by Rama - Dr. Frederick P. Lenz in front of a live audience in February of 1983. These talks explore different aspects of consciousness expansion.
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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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The Sorcerer's Explanation

"A person is made up of awarenesses. These awarenesses all exist in the unknown -- now we're moving into what don Juan calls "the sorcerer's explanation". It's the explanation of life. All of the awarenesses that have ever been or will ever be, exist, he says, like barges floating in the ocean. It's a nice analogy. They're all just floating out there, the only difference is they're not solid barges, and as they're floating in that ocean out there they can actually pass through each other. So you can have 20 barges and they're floating along, but they're so light and so fluid that they can actually go through each other. They are all the time, but they're not in any fixed order. There is no order, it just is, and that's what reality is. It's just infinite awareness, infinite consciousness." Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz
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The Lakshmi Series

The Lakshmi Series of 28 talks are the first talk recordings produced by Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz. Taped in private and public settings in 1982 and 1983, these teachings cover a vast range of topics that Rama once called "the basics that everyone should know".

Books

Insights: Talks on the Nature of Existence

In this book of 13 transcripts recorded in 1983, Rama openly explores topics such as "How to Know God" and "Why Don’t More Women Attain Enlightenment", "Love" and "Tibetan Yoga and Secret Doctrine".

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