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Navigating The River of Time Excerpt #2

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Without enough inner strength to sustain an open heart, I couldn’t tell the difference between what turned me on and real happiness…and substituted one for the other. Lost in a tenuous world of high pressure, family, and money, and a belief that objective cures would solve deep inner problems, I discovered that objective cures didn’t solve anything. They’d patch up my problems but never got to their source. Caught up in life’s game, I could think of nothing but victory, ...

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Meditation

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The meditation exercise that Rudi (Swami Rudrananda) bequeathed to those who are sincere about spiritual practice opens areas inside them that bring balance, harmony, an open heart, and a quiet mind, and gives one the strength to learn from the real guru, that being life in all its dimensions. A human being is a point in a triangle that connects the outer world and its karmic demands with Higher Creative Energy in the Universe. The moment he or she is ...

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Who Am I?

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Ask yourself, “Who am I?” Ramana Maharshi told his disciples, “and the masks you hide behind will disappear.” When I ask myself, “Am I a man?” The answer is, “Yes, but only for a short time.” “Am I white, American, and do I live in New York?” – more masks that need to be peeled away. As I remove these masks and look at my naked self, I’m aware that I’ve hidden my true identity: not a man or a ...

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Taking the Meditation To Belgium & Norway

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I had an important trip to Belgium and Norway where I met groups of remarkable people who were serious about their spiritual lives, people who showed profound gratitude and asked me to return to continue to teach the Kundalini meditation I learned from my spiritual master, Rudi. The retreat weekends forced me to tap an energy force deep inside myself and transmit Shakti to those in attendance. I discovered the only thing that grows old is the body. The chakra ...

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Happy People

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12799399_805049489600649_7667682032459597582_nHappy people don’t terrorize other people. They look for the good in humanity and accept differences of thought and opinion. The moment we say, “My way is the only way,” we become dangerous not only to ourselves but to the rest of the humanity. We separate people into well-defined boxes. They are black, white, brown or yellow; they are Christian, Jew, Moslem, Buddhist, Hindu ...

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Being Rooted

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The chitchat of emotional and mental energy exhausts most people and never gives them a moment of peace. It is rare to find a human being who lives with a quiet mind, who has inner balance and strong roots, someone who has learned the basic truths we see in nature. A tree has roots, every flower, bush, and vegetable has roots. Only people drift through life with a sense of abandonment. Even a salmon returns home to spawn.

The search for ...

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Awakenings

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When times are difficult, we wonder, “Why me? Why am I the only one on Earth who suffers?” We’re blinded to the fact that suffering is pandemic. It crosses every border. It cares little for race, social class, religion, or nationality. No one escapes it, yet everyone wonders, “Why me?” Rarely do people use their suffering to get to God. They lament, pray, and prostrate themselves, bemoan their fates, but almost never use suffering as a tool to grow. Things ...

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Thousands of Masks

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God hides behind thousands of masks. He’s a master quick-change artist, an androgynous magician, prankster, vaudeville performer, wise man, rich man beggar and fool. He never fits any singular profile. Like the wind, He changes directions, and His legerdemain bewilders the most intelligent of mortals.

We can’t look for Him. We have to feel Him in our hearts; we have to become one with His being, evolve and grow, and develop heightened awareness. If we rekindle childlike innocence and joy in our hearts, the spectacle of God ...

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