Ram Dass Selected Writings Being Love

Remember, we are all affecting the world every moment, whether we mean to or not. Our actions and states of mind matter, because we're so deeply interconnected with one another. Working on our own consciousness is the most important thing that we are doing at any moment, and being love is the supreme creative act. ~Ram Dass

openness and insight

If we imagine that our mind is like the blue sky, and that across it pass thoughts as clouds, we can get a feel for that part of it which is other than our thoughts. The sky is always present; it contains the clouds and yet is not contained by them. So with our awareness. It is present and encompasses all our thoughts, feelings, and sensations; yet it is not the same as them. To recognize and acknowledge this awareness, with its spacious, peaceful quality, is to find a very useful resource within. We see that we need not identify with each thought just because it happens to occur. We can remain quiet and choose which thought we wish to attend to. And we can remain aware behind all these thoughts, in a state that offers an entirely new level of openness and insight. From: 'How Can I Help; Stories and Reflections on Service' Ram Dass and Paul Gorman

Purification

Purification is the act of letting go. There is a statement that appears in one of the Gospels which states that men need not disfigure their faces in order to know God. There is a type of righteousness and seriousness that creeps in the minute we decide we're going to do spiritual practices, where suddenly it's serious work, and we have to be a cer- tain kind of way-sort of "tight-

weaving with one another. who sit perfectly and their minds get very quiet.and for one day. As our meditation gets a little deeper. in southern Buddhist meditation. We have to understand a little bit of what the game is about even to want to sit and meditate. And the balancing can be understood within different systems. nonlying. so it makes it easier to increase the sila. don't do it. they've pushed away the earth. We clean up our game a little bit. One is called sila. they've pushed away flow.have two cups of coffee. But they aren't liberatedbecause they have pushed away form. we are quieter and we are able to see more of the universe so that wisdom gets deeper and we understand more. we begin to see the way these three things all keep inter. concentration. right speech. Now if we watch the way the game works with those three components .assed.like. do it much more than you usually would . it begins to feel kind of lousy from the inside. though it looks good from the outside. So we have to clean up our game a little bit. And there is a way in which deny. So. From: 'Grist for the Mill' by Ram Dass Renunciation If you want to play a little bit with a renunciation practice. They're a beautiful balancing act. concentration and wisdomwe'll see that we wouldn't even start this dance without a little bit of wisdom. it's a game of exquisite balancing. a cup of coffee in the morning . So we have a little bit of panna. For example. or the wisdom connected with it. You decide which one: the desire to eat something or other. whatever it is you want to play with. let's say.ing too much stops flow. and then our meditation gets a little deeper. non-stealing. But every time we try to concentrate. all of our other desires. and then we try to do samadhi.purification. and one is called panna. all of our other connections and clingings to the world keep pulling on us all the time. Theravada Buddhist meditation there are three components that are emphasized. the desire for a cigarette. And the increased sila allows the samadhi to get deeper. pick some desire that you encounter every day. The deeper panna makes it easier to let go of some of the attachments. If I understand this game at all. Then the next day. they've pushed away the heart." We may find that. one is called samadhi. And panna is right understanding and right thought. Pick something that you usually give in to every day . Start to . There are a lot of people who are really good meditators. that's called sila. purification. Sila is the purification: non-killing. mindfulness.

things that consume you. Notice that it isn't a question of getting rid of desires that's a misunderstanding. Desires get to be fun. the desires will stay around! We're just loosening their hold on us. once we're observing them instead of mechanically reacting to them. really. Trust me. Maybe another time you'll want to take two desires to work with: one day don't satisfy one and doubly satisfy the other. and then flip them around.study your reactions. instead of being driven by them all the time. Notice the difference in your feelings toward the desire on the first day and on the second day.an experiment in how quickly we can extricate ourselves from being attached to our desire systems. getting clear enough of them so we can see them in some sort of context. The whole game of renunciation and purification is an experiment . Start to relate to your desires as something you can scrutinize rather than as things that totally suck you in all the time. write about it in your journal. Play with them. Get into a friendly relationship with your desires. Try to be very attentive to what's going through your mind about it. from 'Paths to God: Living The Bhagavad Gita' by Ram Dass . If you're keeping a journal.

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