The search to find more peace and love in our lives can be endless, as long as you keep your mind open to it. And an open mind can guide you toward new experiences and possibilities you have yet to imagine. Isn’t that just grand?
Ever read a book and enjoy it so much that another containing similar content soon catches your eye? That’s a sure sign that you need to explore it. And ignore the signs then you may regret not acting on them later. Have you ever had someone you know, or even a complete stranger, engage you in conversation where they recommend a book, person or workshop that you, “just have to check out?” What is that saying, again? You know the one, “when the student is ready the teachers will come.”
Well, if you find yourself reading this article then you have found a great teacher too. And thanks to the internet, this teacher and his resources are available almost anywhere a virtual connection can be made. So go ahead, and read on.
Ram Dass (his name means “Servant of God”), an international spiritual figure has shared his teachings with over three generations of people during the course of his lifetime. This American psychologist has dedicated his life to studying the various practices of meditation, helping to bring Eastern wisdom to the West. Dass has experimented with various mantras, prayers, songs, visualizations and movement meditations like Tai Chi. And has written several books including, Journey of Awakening: A Meditator’s Guide.
Though published in 1978, this particular book includes timeless wisdom that can help quiet the mind and bring about more love into one’s life. Within his book, Dass expounds upon the impact of enlightenment when self-realization practices are implemented. Known for his humor, this book is great for beginners and more advanced individuals alike. He highlights obstacles that people often encounter and offers solutions to them as well. And being the grand teacher of self-realization, Dass always encourages his readers to choose their own path in the end. Further demonstrating his wisdom and ability to put his practices into place.
Aside from writing this book, that same year, Dass co-founded the Seva Foundation. Sanskrit for “spiritual service,” this non-profit is an international service organization with a mission geared toward alleviating the suffering caused by disease and poverty. With operations in ten countries, Seva works to develop and support projects on health and wellness, community development, environmental protection and cultural preservation. The organization also offers volunteer opportunities in California, where they are based in the U.S., along with others within the countries they do work. And functioning as a charity, donations are key in order to continue operations, so gifts are accepted directly on their website.
A truly dynamic individual, Ram Dass’ practice of karma yoga and spiritual service has assisted millions of people in discovering a deeper path toward their own self-awareness. Skills that encourage enlightement and help to bring about more peace and love into the lives of many. Begin with one and soon many follow. So why not look into his work and experience the wisdom that can help bring about healing to the entire planet. Can you imagine that?
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