"I would like to address what I consider to be the most difficult topic for a person who seeks enlightenment to deal with."
Explore the mystery schools of the occult with Rama and learn about the mystical power within you. Topics like the occult body and the allies are introduced here. “The occult body,” according to Rama, “is a field of attention. It's an avenue of awareness. It's a wind tunnel that connects the different realities.”
Rama defines the occult body as the part of us that can use hidden power to produce effects. “An advanced spiritual aspirant is capable of creating many different bodies and can utilize these bodies to help aid others in their liberation.” Although it is noble to assist others, Rama cautions us that the occult is not something to treat lightly: “The occult world is not a world for the lightweight. The occult world is a world of warriors. It's a world of power, survival of the fittest.”
This insightful talk strips away the mystery surrounding the Buddha and the religion of Buddhism. The Buddha's teaching are presented as practical viewpoints, still useful in the modern world. According to Rama, “Buddhism is a very scientific approach to self-discovery.” The Buddha is depicted as one who looked for tested solutions to counter the suffering and malaise of humanity. “He decided to use himself as an experiment,” Rama remarks at one point. “He was very much like an Einstein.”
As the Buddha is described as being very scientific in his approach, Rama paints Taoism as a more subtle artistic pathway to enlightenment. Rama defines Taoism as “the way of the child ... the way of the fool, the way of someone who doesn't have to have pomp and circumstance.” Unlike Buddhism which is logical, Taoism is more of “a suggestion for perceiving life in its wholeness, without unnecessary categorization, yet while enjoying the beauty of categorization.”
The talk ends with a very interactive and funny section on Zen. Rama describes the ancient zen masters, claps his hands to shift energy and even offers his own cryptic zen koan to the listener: “There's no Zen. All there is is dishwater, timeless, eternal, perfect dishwater waiting for the dishes that will never come.” Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz
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.”
Desire and Attachment are two ideas at the core of Buddhist thought. There’s good news inside - you don’t have to give up sex and ice cream in order to become enlightened (he didn’t). Desires in themselves are neither good nor bad, but they have a predictable result. We must learn how to handle them or else we’ll suffer.
Inaccessibility is the wisdom of passing through the world without letting others adversely affect you. It’s an essential skill for those who live and work in the world.
As a woman, do you feel like you have been playing a role based on what society thinks women should be? As a man, do you feel you are limited by the world's description of masculinity?
What lies beyond the physical body is a non-physical subtle body of energy. This body, the subtle body, is actually the basis of the physical body, its health and well-being. According to Rama, “the aging process, the process of decay that we see in the world, takes place largely because the physical is affected through the subtle physical." Therefore, it is important to understand this subtle body of energy that supports our physical form.
In today's hectic world of wireless devices, trending topics, and general economic turmoil, people find a simple balance in life very difficult to achieve. In this lecture, How to Achieve Spiritual Balance, Rama lays out a few basic guidelines for finding balance in your life.
“Spiritual balance occurs largely through being yourself,” Rama states. Yet he also concedes this task is not easy because “to be yourself is a most difficult process for most persons because they really have no idea who or what they are.” This is where meditation comes into play. “When you sit quietly with no thought in your mind,” Rama reminds us, “when you push the squalls of emotion aside, when the thought storms go out to sea, a light will come.”
It is also suggested that we stop taking ourselves so seriously. Humility is revealed as the secret key to balance: “Humility means a lack of self-consciousness. Self-consciousness is ego. Ego is that which destroys spiritual balance.” Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz
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.
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.
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.
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.