In this talk, Ram Dass speaks of making human relationships our yoga, showing us the power that community has to help each other awaken and experience being free together.
Disturbing Emotions (Opening) – Ram Dass talks about how disturbing emotions have a potential to become wisdom the moment you relax into your natural mind. He describes experiencing his life as a dance of balance of cultivating the qualities of spaciousness, of equanimity, of peace, of happiness, we fear the passions of life because they take us away from that balance.
“Any disturbing emotion that may arrive is wisdom the moment you may relax to your natural mind. Look directly into it, don’t deliberately reject it, regard it as a fault, or indulge in it concretely or, regard it as a virtue.”
Politics of Consciousness and Identity (18:00) – With Ram Dass we explore the morality regarding the rights of consciousness and finding a balance between intuitive heart and thinking mind. We have to find a balance between intuitive heart and thinking mind, because the tendency in the spiritual journey is to denigrate the thinking mind into it and we shouldn’t throw out the baby with the bathwater.
“There is such a desire in somebody that is on the path of Dharma to have the other person die your death; die the death you think they should die to be liberated. I have learned over the years that this doesn’t work.”
Being Free Together (39:00) – Ram Dass tells us an exquisite story about Ramana Maharshi that exemplifies the possibility of a being who is not trapped, but are always living in that spacious awareness– of compassion or emptiness. Miracles remind you that what you think is reality is not truth. That frees you to think about what is true reality. Let us help each other awaken and experience being free together.
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Image: Together by Andy Kehoe