Prem Rawat // Maharaji – 1. ‘The Heart Speaks’ 2. Knowing Who You Are 3. The Moment Called Now

Prem Rawat talks about the difference between philosophies and a reality that each human being wants to know and is searching for: “A nature of a human being is to try to find. Always, always. Trying to find a comfort…a joy…a peace. A peace, yet undefined.”

Prem Rawat (Maharaji) ‘Knowing Who You Are’

“There are more important things going on inside of you than you realize,” Maharaji says. “When you begin to know yourself, you begin understand the stage on which truly a dance of life is taking place. A dance that is beautiful. A dance that is all about you.”

The Moment Called Now

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A Path and a Practice: Using Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching as a Guide to an Awakened Spiritual Life by William Martin

The Tao Te Ching—one of the most loved and widely translated books in human history—has appeared in countless English-language versions. But no modern translation has yet captured the essential thrust of Lao Tzu’s work as a practical guide to living an awakened life.

Now William Martin, whose acclaimed previous reinterpretations of the Tao (for parents, couples, and elders) have introduced or reacquainted this classic text to thousands of readers, strikingly translates the Tao’s eighty-one chapters to uniquely address someone on a Tao—or path—with a practice.

Martin frames his new translation with two illuminating, groundbreaking sections: “A Path,” which introduces the Tao’s nonlinear construction and explains how it works its themes; and “A Practice,” which provides practical guidance for readers exploring each of the Tao’s themes in depth. Martin’s genius in this new translation uncovers how directly the Tao speaks to readers on or about to embark on a spiritual journey.

William Martin is a New York Times bestselling author of nine novels. He is best known for his historical fiction, which has chronicled the lives of the great and the anonymous in American history while bringing to life legendary American locations, from Cape Cod to Annapolis. He has also written an award-winning PBS documentary, one of the cheesiest horror movies ever made, magazine articles, and book reviews for The Boston Globe. He was the recipient of the 2005 New England Book Award. He has three grown children and lives near Boston with his wife.

INTRODUCTION TO UPANISHADS

Upanishads considered the highest form of knowledge in Vedic tradition. The video gives an introduction to the Upanishads, their prime teaching and available literature

One Drop Awareness: Picturing Enlightenment and Nonduality ~ Tom Crockett

“We create such suffering in our illusion of separation, commit such crimes from behind the walls of our well-defended identities, make such poor choices by always seeking what is beyond the here and the now, and wound so deeply from our longing to return to a unity that we “deny and refuse. The only way home is through the ultimate truth of our oneness-waking up.”

One Drop Awareness explores the territory of non-duality, pure awareness, awakening, liberation, self realization, and what the sages have called enlightenment. While the term enlightenment conjures up images of Eastern gurus, esoteric philosophies, or years spent meditating in monasteries or cold mountain caves, it is actually none of these things.

Enlightenment happens when consciousness recognizes itself. When this happens, we simply stop seeking. We stop looking outside of ourselves for the objects or conditions that we once thought would bring us peace and contentment-love and joy.

Waking up is not easy. It is not a self-help program. You can’t buy it and no one can give it to you or do it for you. It doesn’t come from books or from retreats or from hanging out with enlightened masters. The more you seek it, the more elusive it becomes, but, ironically, without the desire to wake up, you will continue to sleepwalk through your life.

One Drop Awareness: Picturing Enlightenment and Non-duality, is a playful primer for oneness. It is an exploration of non-duality and the relationship between the appearance of form and formlessness, between growth, change, and evolution and the realization that everything is perfect as it is. It is also a collection of visual and textual pointing out instructions-nudges in the direction of enlightenment.

Tom is an ordained minister and spiritual counselor as well as an author, artist, and teacher with a deep background of experience in multicultural shamanic traditions, as well as in Nonduality, Buddhism, Tantra, Taoism and Depth Psychology. He has worked as a spiritual counselor and healer for over sixteen years with a particular emphasis on helping individuals give their greatest gifts by aligning their energy with a path of service.

Tom has worked with indigenous healers in Mexico and North America and studied core shamanism through the Foundation for Shamanic Studies. He is a Reiki practitioner and has studied bioenergetic healing with Mietek Wirkus. He completed an extensive, multi-year apprenticeship in Peruvian Shamanism under the guidance of shaman and ceremonialist, Don Oscar Miro-Quesada. Tom co-leads retreats in Oaxaca and Mexico City, Mexico, with Sven Doehner, director of the Institute for Depth Psychology.

Tom has made an intensive study of and been an innovator in the area of shamanic dreamwork, especially as a tool for spiritual growth. He has been a presenter at the Association for the Study of Dreams International Conferences and was an invited presenter to the Conference on Indigenous Healing Traditions of the Americas cosponsored by the National Institutes of Health in Washington, D.C. in 2002.

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