In this episode of the Pilgrim Heart Podcast, Krishna Das explores matters of faith and the heart.
Faith or Delusion? (Opening) – Krishna Das talks about the difference between faith and delusion. He looks at the strength that comes with faith and the clarity needed to accept it.
“Hope based on delusion is useless, but hope based on reality is called faith. You understand there is a path, you are on it and you are doing the best you can to overcome your limitations. There is no reason to feel hopeless about the future, because you are doing the best you can for yourself and others.”
Discover More: Krishna Das shares more wisdom on faith and spiritual practice in this episode of the Pilgrim Heart Podcast
Yogi Medicine (3:30) – KD talks about his history and relationship with drugs. We hear what Maharaj-Ji told him about smoking hash and explore the benefits of Yogi Medicine.
“The prison of our thoughts is so dense that to be released from that, even for a minute, is very difficult. LSD, peyote and mescaline can actually do that if you have those karmas.”
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Finding Purpose (9:25) – Throughout life, we are told by others what is best for us. KD challenges us to listen to our hearts and do what works best for us instead. There is no right or wrong as long as you are doing the best you can and move forward.
“You always want to do the best you can. You don’t want to sleep through life, because you only get one life at a time.”
Running from Pain (25:00) – A question from the audience about becoming disillusioned on the spiritual path and using practice to avoid our pain and problems.
“Nothing outside of you is ever going to be enough because it is already enough inside. The problem is we are all looking outside. People who have addiction issues, and I am one of them, we have too low of a tolerance for the fact that nothing is going to be enough. But it is not that nothing will ever be enough because it already is, we just are not in touch with that and we are looking in the wrong place.”
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Letting Go (32:25) – There is a difference between letting go and hand dealing with things leaving you. KD discusses this important difference and how faith and practice build the strength to truly let go.