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Lovingkindness with Ram Dass

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Lovingkindness with Ram Dass

 

Concentrate on your breath.

…In, Out

…In, Out

Maybe the tip of the nose will be the place where you will do that.

Now keep that concentrated —  concentration.

 

Bring it to the middle of your heart space.

…And that point is loving awareness.

…And that loving awareness is you.

It’s the real you.

 

Where you are.

Awareness.

 

Now

…you can omit

…you can be aware

…of your eyes and what they see

You can be aware of the ears about you..about what they hear.

…what the skin feels.

You can be aware of your mind and your…and the river of thoughts come out of your mind.

…Thoughts, thoughts, thoughts.

 

Some of those thoughts are positive, some are negative.

Some are about you…and about others.

Some of them are judging thoughts.

But you will stay identified with loving awareness in your heart

…in the heart center.

 

I am loving awareness.

I am loving awareness.

I am loving awareness.

 

When I am loving when awareness is not a thing.

We can label it but it is not the words.

 

You are loving awareness

…So is Christ

…So is Krishna

…So is Buddha

…So is  Maharaji

They are loving awareness.

And so are you.

 

One loving awareness.

One loving awareness.

 

In each of us is a finger of the hand of loving awareness.

Loving awareness is in everybody.

Everybody is in loving awareness.

 

Or in disagreement,  in states, that’s the games….that’s the games we play.

Yet we are loving awareness.

We are individuals but we’re not.

We are the whole.

We are all God.

You are an individual and you are part of the whole

loving awareness.

 

When you finally get to be

be loving awareness,

be loving awareness.

be

be.

 

We are all beings together,

one consciousness.

We are a satsang.

 

We are

we are

those who seek the truth.

…seek the truth

…seek the truth

 

Namaste

Namaste.

Lovingkindness with Ram Dass

We are

Immersed in love.

Outside and inside

And you can radiate love and be it, you’re inside.

 

To all of us

To the planet

To the universe

Every one of us counts

In this effort

 

The love inside is radiated outside

love yourself

And love universe

The love inside of all of us is love.

 

We each translated …translate that love

according to our lives

no matter how thick is the filter of your karma

you radiate the the love of the one.

 

And now let us, a group effort, to love our planet

 

Now we are…we are love itself.

We are love.

We are loved.

We are love.

We are love.

We are love.

 

Be love.

Be loved.

Be love.

 

Namaste

“Ocean Of Love” with Ram Dass

 

Close your eyes.

We together are journeying to a land

that

is an ocean of love.

 

All beings you can see in this land, you can love

… and they will love you.

The land is beyond time and beyond space

…so you can’t hold onto anything.

you’re an ocean of it, love, ocean of love.

 

And Majaraji is there.

And he stands in front of you and his eyes register the love that he has for you for you.

You’ve never been loved that way.

Being loved that way is going to affect your life.

Because then you can have a life of a loved person.

 

Breathe. Breathe. Breathe

Breathe in and out of your heart.

And breathe slowly.

 

Breathing in love, breathe out love.

 

Now you can identify with that ocean of love.

The one.

You are love.

You are love.

You are love.

You be love.

 

Now  — the beings that inhabit your your world.

Bring them into your mind.

You can love them.

Love them.

 

Just carry out what Maharaji did to you then you can do for these beings.

In that way you will be doing God’s service.

As Hanuman did.

Breathe in and out through your heart.

 

Namaste namaste namaste.

Mindfulness of Breath with Ram Dass

 

This meditation is drawn from Theravada, or southern Buddhism.

It’s called Anapana and it is just bringing you to right here and it is done through the breath.

 

So it is common to everyone in this room at this moment.

Of all of our individual differences, we are all breathing in, breathing out.

This process is one that is like, if you can imagine a flower and the center of the flower and then the petals coming out of the flower.

And the center is called your primary object in meditation and the petals are all the thoughts that keep coming out from that center.

 

In this case our primary object of meditation is our breath.

We will focus on our breath going in and our breath coming out.

You can do this two ways.

 

One is by focusing on a muscle that is in the solar plexus that every time you breathe in it moves in one direction and every time you breathe out it moves in another direction.

Rising, falling, rising, falling.

 

Or you could focus at the tip of the inside of your nose.

And as the air goes by you will feel a slight whisper of air on the in breath and as the air goes out you will feel a slight whisper of air on the out breath and you are like a gate keeper at the gate.

 

The cars go in and the cars go out.

You don’t follow them to see where they go you just notice the breath going in, breathing in, the breath going out, breathing out.

 

So whichever one is easiest for you, pick one now and stay with it for this period of 15 minutes, either the muscle in your solar plexus, that is rising and falling or the air going by the tip of your nose breathing in, breathing out.

 

Your job in the most gentle possible way is to merely keep your awareness focused on your primary object.

Now it is going to wander.

Your awareness is going to be grabbed by many thoughts.

 

You’ll sit down and you’ll say, breathing in, breathing out. And then the thought will come, “this will never work.”

 

Now you can either take the thought that this will never work and immediately go off on another train of thought, even though I am giving you instructions you just ignore them, and then the meditation is over.

 

That’s okay.

 

Or at some point you’ll say “gee, all I was going to do for these 15 minutes was watch my breath and this is another thought, I’ll just let it go and I’ll go back to my breath.”

The art is not to get violent with your other thoughts. Don’t get guilty because you are thinking them.

Don’t even try to push them away.

Merely very gently again and again bring your awareness back to the primary object of meditation.

 

Let each thought be another petal in the flower. Keep coming back to the center, back to the center, back to the center.

So with eyes closed and body straight as is comfortable for you to sit, it’s good to keep straight if you can – your head and neck and chest – bring your awareness either to the muscle in your abdomen or to the breath passing the tip of your nostrils and notice the breath either rising and falling or breathing in and breathing out.

 

If your breath gets fast or slow it doesn’t matter, just notice it.

Don’t change it but just notice it. You are merely remaining aware.

Any sounds, smells, sensations just let them come and let them go and bring your awareness back to either rising and falling or breathing in and breathing out.

 

If your mind wanders just notice it and bring it very gently back to breathing in breathing out or rising and falling.

 

Wherever your mind is now, just notice where it is and very gently bring it back to rising and falling, breathing in, breathing out. If it helps to say those words inside yourself with each breath it is perfectly okay.

 

All the sounds, everything that comes into your ears, just notice it as another thought and come back to your breath. There is nothing you need to think about now other than breathing in, breathing out or rising and falling.

 

Notice the shape and form as the breath goes by – beginning, middle, and end of the in breath, the space, the beginning, middle, and end of the out breath, the space.

 

If you experience agitation or confusion or boredom or bliss or anything just see it as more thoughts. Notice it and bring your awareness back to rising and falling or breathing in and breathing out.

 

If you begin to doze take a few deep intentional breaths. Rising and falling or breathing in and breathing out.

 

All the feelings in your body, the sounds, the sensations, the tastes, the smells, the sights, just notice them coming and going bring your awareness back to the primary object of meditation.

 

Firm your seat, head straight, rising and falling or breathing in and breathing out.

 

There are three more minutes left. Use these three minutes consciously. Gently but firmly each time your mind wanders bring it back to rising and falling or breathing in and breathing out.

 

Be vigilant but gentle. Bring the awareness back to the basic primary object of meditation. Basic attention to the breath.

 

Okay.

 

Om.

Equanimity by Ram Dass

 

Sit straight.

 

And experience right in the middle of your chest:  a tiny being.

Imagine it.

Use your imagination.

 

Sitting on a lotus flower.

Tiny being the size of your thumb.

 

And as you look upon this being — light is pouring forth from it.

It’s radiant.

Luminous.

And just from looking upon this being you get a sense of incredible peace.

 

And you look at it’s face and you feel infinite compassion within this being.

 

And just being near this entity fills you with a feeling of love.

Perfect equanimity.

Great wisdom.

 

Now let that being grow in size till it fills your body.

Its head, your head.

Its torso, your torso.

Its legs, your legs.

Its arms, your arms.

 

Feel its peace.

Feel its equanimity.

Let yourself be filled with its love.

 

Now with your eyes closed.

You and the being expand in size — until your head reaches the ceiling of this hall.

 

And your’e sitting down beneath it.

And all of us are within you.

And this voice is within you.

Feel your hugeness.

 

Still silent.

Peaceful.

Compassionate.

 

Now you break out of the building.

Your head goes up into the sky.

Your head is among the planets.

 

You have grown in size until you are sitting in the middle of this galaxy.

This Universe.

The Earth is within your belly.

Feel your hugeness at this moment.

 

You are in the heavens.

Silent.

 

Expand yet again until all of the planets, all of the galaxies, everything with which you can think is within you.

 

You are the one.

You are the ancient one.

I am within you.

 

Everything that ever was is or will ever be is part of the dance of your being.

You are all of the Universe so you have infinite wisdom.

You appreciate all of the feelings of the Universe so you have infinite compassion.

Feel your immensity.

Your aloneness.

 

Let the boundaries now of your being disintegrate and merge yourself into that which is beyond form.

And sit for a moment in the formless.

 

Now gently, reestablish the form of your being.

You are still that immense One.

Very slowly reduce in size — back through the Universe.

Smaller, smaller.

Until your head is at the roof of this building.

You are sitting below the Earth and all of the beings are withihn you.

 

From this vast height — find who it was that walked into this hall.

Find who you thought you were.

Look at that being.

Look at her or his life.

Look at that being as a soul living out another round.

Look upon that being with compassion.

See how it gets lost into its drama.

 

At this moment, reach down from your vast height and gently touch that being in blessing at the top of its head.

At this moment, you are that which blesses and you are that which is being blessed.

Experience both simultaneously.

 

Now come down in size until you are back into your body.

Still with this radiant being filling you.

The being of peace, love, compassion, wisdom.

This being who in its huge form fils the universe and who now fills your body.

 

And as this being — hold up your right hand — palm forward — keep your eyes closed. Just your right hand up — palm forward — and allow yourself to become a vehicle for bringing those qualities out into the physical plane to all beings that suffer in the Universe

 

Become now a pure vehicle of that huge one, becoming filling that body.

Feel it coming out of the palm of your right hand and send blessings of peace to all beings who suffer.

Whether their suffering is physical, physiological, spiritual.
It makes no difference, they are suffering.

If there are being that you know who are suffering.

 

Bring them to mind and surround their beings iwth light, with love, and wiht peace at this moment.

If there are beings with whom you feel anger

Bring them into your consciousness.

See the soul that lies in that incarnation and bless that soul with love and peace and light.

 

For as you go on this spiritual journey you must accept the responsibility to share what you receive.

For that is part fo the harmony of God.

That you become an insturment for th emanifestaiton of the will of God.

 

Now you can put your hand down and finally let that being become smaller and smaller until it’s the size of a thumb sitting in the middle of your heart.

That is your inner guru.

That is the inner voice that speaks truth because it is truth.

That is the being who will guide you home.

That is the being who is none other than your true self — when you finish being who you think you are.

And at anytime you can go inside and start to talk to and listen to that being.

Whether you call it Christ, or Buddha, or God, or my true self.

 

Instructions on Self-Enquiry Meditation with Ram Dass

There is a way in which you can know things by linear thought process — by one thought, after another thought, after another thought.

There is also a gestalt phenomenon of an experience of understanding how something is. This is something that is not in a sequential thought process. It is not thought itself.

This is a method put forth by Ramana Marhashi. A beautiful saint in India who became realized at 17 years old and for 50 years he stayed in a wooden shed near Madras. Beautiful, beautiful being.

And he taught this very simple method called “Vichara Atma”  — meaning method of self-enquiry. “Who Am I?”