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Excerpt 2 from "From Bindhu to Ojas" with Ram Dass

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We are thrilled to be able to present another transcribed excerpt from "From Bindhu to Ojas" -- part of powerful talks Ram Dass offered in 1969.

What would happen is that it was extraordinarily contagious. That everyone that I could cross the moat with, that I could love in spite of all the drama and completely irrelevant of all that drama. If I could find that place and just love it enough that resonated with that place in them who after all, they are.

And the same thing happened as it happened to me with Maharaji. I started to watch it happen. And it was extraordinary. It wasn’t any secret or mystery. And if it was, you could call it the touch of the guru that he had touched me by showing me that who I was - was loveable --and I in turn was able to show someone else that who they were was loveable. And who they are is enough just the way they are. 

He has written and he has said, “Love has to spring spontaneously from within, and it is in no way amenable to any form of inner or outer force.    Love and coercion can never go together. But though love cannot be forced on anyone, it can be awakened in him through love itself.   

Love is essentially self communicative.

Those who do not have it catch it from those who have it.   True love is unconquerable and irresistible and it goes on gathering power and spreading itself until eventually it transforms everyone whom it touches.

Ego is finite. Ego is vulnerable. Ego must protect itself. Being is dying by loving. The twice born enter the kingdom of Heaven. He that is born of the flesh is of flesh. He that is born of the spirit is of spirit. He that is born of the flesh is ego. He that is born of the spirit is love.” 

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Excerpt from "The Tibetan Book of the Dead"

Tibetan_Book_of_the_Dead_medium "The Tibetan Book of the Dead" is a classic text of liberation and the practice of preparing for death as a path to recognize the true nature of the mind. This translation by Chögyam Trungpa and Francesca Fremantle is read by actor Richard Gere. Following is a powerful excerpt from this recording.

 


Homage to the Gurus, the three Kayas: Amitabha, Infinite Light, the Dharmakaya, Peaceful and Wrathfull Lotus Deities, the Sambhogakaya, Padsamambhava, Protector of Beings, the Nirmanakaya. 

 

This “Great Liberation through Hearing,” the means of liberation in the bardo for yogins of average capacities, is in three parts: the introduction, the main subject-matter, and the conclusion. Firstly the introduction --  the means of liberating human beings. First of all, one should have studied the instructions, which should certainly liberate those of the highest capacities. But if they do not, one should practice the ejection of consciousness, which liberates spontaneously as soon as it is thought of, in the bardo of the moment before death. This should certainly liberate yogins of average capacities, but if it does not one should strive in this “Great Liberation through Hearing” in the bardo of dharmata. Therefore the yogin should first examine the sequence of signs of death according to the “Spontaneous Liberation of the Signs of Death,” and when they are definitely completed he should effect the ejection of consciousness, which liberates spontaneously as soon as it is thought of. If ejection is affected there is no need to read the “Liberation Through Hearing,” but if not it should be read clearly and precisely, close to the dead body. If the body is not present, one should sit on the dead person’s bed or seat, and proclaiming the power of truth call on his consciousness and read, imagining him sitting in front listening. 

 

At this time sounds of crying and weeping are not good, so his relatives should be shut out. If the body is present, then during the interval between the ceasing of the breath and the ceasing of pulsation in the arteries, his guru or a dharma brother or sister whom he loved and trusted should read this “Great Liberation through Hearing” close to his ear. The teaching of the “Liberation through Hearing.” An elaborate offering should be made to the Three Jewels if the materials are available, but if they are not available one should set out whatever there is and visualize the rest without limit. One should say the “Inspiration-Prayer Calling on the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas for Rescue” seven or three times, then loudly recite the “Inspiration-Prayer for the Deliverance from the Dangerous Pathway of the Bardo” and the “Main Verses of the Bardo.” Then read “The Great Liberation through Hearing” seven or three times. It is in three parts: showing the luminosity in the bardo of the movement before death, the great reminder of showing in the bardo of dharmata, and the instructions for closing the entrance to the womb of becoming. 

 

First, showing the luminosity in the bardo of the moment before death. By having this read to them all kinds of ordinary people, who have received teachings but have not recognized although they are intelligent, or who have recognized but have practiced little, will recognize the basic luminosity and bypass the bardo experience to reach the unoriginated dharmakaya. The method of instruction: It is best if his principal guru from whom he requested teaching can be present, but otherwise a dharma brother or sister with whom he has taken the samaya vow or a spiritual friend in the same lineage. If none of these are to be found, then someone who can ready aloud clearly and precisely should read it several times. This will remind him of what his guru has shown him and he will immediately recognize the basic luminosity and be liberated, there is no doubt.


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Excerpt from "Be Here Now" Talks with Ram Dass

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We are thrilled to offer these rare lectures recorded live in NYC in 1969. Available for the first time in digital download, these talks given by Ram Dass went on to become the basis of his international best-selling book Be Here Now.  Following is a transcribed excerpt from one of these seminal teachings.

We are also extremely pleased to have the inspired artwork of Peter Max on this digital download cover.

If I think life is just a game, then I am taking from it the meaning of its acts. I am denigrating the precious nature of the life process.

Do you think the man that made the music stand was able to make a more exquisite music stand because he was not attached to making a music stand?

Do you think he really got closer to the essence of music standness because he did not remain in subject object relation to the music stand? That’s the issue.

Let’s say you want to get close to somebody. Do you get closer to them through playing out the love story of Hamlet? Or do you get closer through getting beyond the interpersonal, beyond the subject/object to the place where both of you are one consciousness? If we can be us here, us, more us, just here and now us, forget where you came from, where you are going, that I’m talking, that you’re listening, here we are, just us and more us and more us and more us and finally right here on this world, right there here, huh -- here we all are.

How much intimacy do you want? I can feel it. I can be it. Do you think we would be any closer if we were all rolling on the floor together? Really? The thing you are seeking, the very thing you are seeking in life is so within your grasp if you but only know how not to grasp for it. It’s already here. It’s here

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Excerpt from "Boomer Yoga" by Beryl Bender Birch - Part 3 of 3

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Following is the last part of the inspiring Introduction from the latest book by renowned Power Yoga instructor Beryl Bender Birch - Boomer Yoga: Energizing the Years Ahead for Men & Women.

Whether you want to develop the strongest asana practice you can or tone down a blazing training routine you’ve been doing for years, boomer yoga can help you to turn up the heat or dial it down. The practice will slowly lead you through each of the eight limbs of classical yoga and help you move from the postures (asana) to energy control (pranayama) to concentration (dharana) and meditation (dhyana). So, whether you’re starting a regular meditation practice for the first time or you’ve been practicing meditation for a long time, here is a tool, a method to follow that will easily bring you greater health, stability, balance, and peace of mind.  But the biggest thing I hope you will learn from Boomer Yoga is that asana is the equivalent of kindergarten in yoga. It is important to do for life, for health and fitness, but it is still only a small part of what is meant by yoga. Asana is only meant to be an aid to preparing us for the deeper work of yoga, specifically meditation. Can asana keep us healthy, agile and pliable, and more resistant to injury in our sports activities and everyday life? No question. And that is certainly why we get started in yoga and an important reason we continue. But it’s still only a gateway to a vast unlimited awareness of our own boundlessness. That is the experience of yoga. The Boomer Yoga routine takes only 40 minutes, but the true practice of it, of learning to be fully present, happens 24/7. 

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