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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.

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

Liberation and Self-Realization

Liberation and Self-Realization is a journey into understanding what enlightenment is like. If you are curious how a self-realized, enlightened being sees the play of life, this lecture goes deep into the radical differences between enlightened mind and ordinary mind. Concepts like time and space are redefined: “Time is not a movement in space. Space is a movement in time.“ For Rama, all the images in our lives are snapshots, stills in a movie, and always exist. We just move through these perfectly still images, and create the sense of motion like a cartoon. Don't worry about the advanced concepts presented here. As the lecture reaches its climax, Rama suggests the way beyond concepts like time and space is simply to love. “Love is self-realization. Love is liberation“, Rama tells us. “The only way beyond time, the only way to unravel the knot of existence, is to love.” This entertaining and fascinating finish will balance your heart and mind, and inspire you on your journey to spiritual liberation.

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