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.
"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
“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