Into the Beyond: Ram Dass

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.

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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.

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Mantra and Meditation: A Talk By Prabha Duneja

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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.

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