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On Presence

Posted July 22 2016

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 teaching.

“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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