Ram Dass has just moved on from this life. A spiritual pioneer who made Hindu teachings accessible for Westerners, he blasted open new portals for me to understand the universe and my place in it.
How vividly I recall the day I first caught sight of his book Be Here Now on a friend’s coffee table in 1972. The book’s unusual cover drew me in like a moth to flame, and I was transfixed by what I found inside. Profound, accessible and timeless, it gave me a first peek into what was at that time a mysterious unknown realm of spirit.
Today’s news of Ursula K. Le Guin’s passing hits hard. With wistful gratitude I recall how her words touched me over the years. Like a mushroom hunter I head to the woods of the Internet in search of juicy quotes, returning with a full basket. Many of these are from https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/874602.Ursula_K_Le_Guin.
“It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end.”
“Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone; it has to be made, like bread, remade all the time, made new.”
“It’s a rare gift, to know where you need to be, before you’ve been to all the places you don’t need to be.”
“We are volcanoes. When we women offer our experience as our truth, as human truth, all the maps change. There are new mountains.”
Hindu scholar and teacher Prabha Duneja recently spoke at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on “Meditation and Mantra”. She has a gift for expressing the complexities of Hinduism in a direct, accessible style. Here are 14 pearls from her talk.
1. Mantra meditation creates a connection with the Source. In mantra japam, whisper the mantra, one repetition for each bead. Then continue silent japam with sealed lips. As the silent japam becomes stronger, one becomes aligned with the Source of All.
2. Mantra is the word that liberates the mind and leads to the silence of the soul. The power of mantra is released by constant devoted practice.
3. Mantra and meditation are two sides of the same coin.