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--by Krishna Das (Sep 16, 2013)


One day a Canadian man arrived for his first visit with Neem Karoli Baba (Maharaj-ji). He  didn't know much about Maharaj-ji but had heard about him. Maharaj-ji didn't give lectures or formal teachings; didn't write books; and, as far as I know, didn't formally initiate people. He just kept shining like the sun. Flowers don't need to read a manual on how to bloom in the sunshine. So when Maharaj-ji asked this man why he'd come and what he wanted, he was unsure how to respond. Finally, he replied, 'Can you teach me how to meditate?'

"Maharaj-ji's response was: 'Meditate like Christ. Go. Sit in the back of the temple with the other Westerners.'

"The guy came to the back, and we asked him about his darshan. He told us that Maharaj-ji had said to meditate like Christ. At first we were surprised. 'What! Meditate like Christ! What does that mean?' But then we thought about it. We were always trying to get Maharaj-ji to tell us what practice to do, but he'd never give us any specific instructions about yoga or meditation. Now he'd said this. If he said it, he must know how Jesus meditated. We decided to ask him about it. We were so excited — we were going to get the secret teachings at last!

"Later in the day, when Maharaj-ji came to the back of the temple to hang out with us, [one among us] broached the subject that had us all buzzing. 'You said to meditate like Christ. How DID he meditate?'

"It seemed as if Maharaj-ji was about to answer, but instead his eyes closed and he sat there completely still, completely silent. It felt like he'd totally disappeared. In all the time I'd been with him, I'd only seen him sitting motionless like this a couple of times before. It was extraordinarily powerful, as if the whole universe had become silent. Then a tear came down his cheek. We were in awe. After a couple of minutes, his eyes half opened and, with great emotion, he quietly said, 'He lost himself in love, that's how he meditated. He was one with all beings. He loved everyone, even the people who crucified him. He never died. He is the atman [soul]. He lives in the hearts of all. He lost himself in love.'

Once again, Maharaj-ji had gone right to the heart of it all. I was stunned. There was nothing I wanted more than to be able to lose myself in love, but there was nothing that seemed farther away.  As Kabir once said, "It is easy to bear the heat of fire and likewise it is possible to tread the edge of the sword. But to sustain an unchanging love is a most difficult business."

--Krishna Das, in Chants of Lifetime


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On Feb 9, 2017 dale a. edminster wrote:

 On my third time having the one touch blessing for a very small moment the Christ mind came into my conches mind.  I felt totally loved and loving.  It was the most wonderful feeling I'd ever had in my life. 
I am trying to find out how I can have this happen again.



On Oct 3, 2016 Sumit Chakrabarty wrote:

yesterday night i was pondering on the meaning of Neem Karoli baba's saying that Christ meditated like as if he lost himself in love... I remebered when we as children use to play games and be lost in it.... this feeling of loosing oneself applied to my mediattion. i felt as if i m radiating love for god from my spiritual heart and simultaneously became aware of my breath, i felt that love at the heart centre and i tried to loose myself in it, I think after half hour i am feeling positive, peaceful and a connection ....... i don't know but I am at it....May be it will help me or not???? 



On Apr 30, 2015 Julio Alvarado Jr. wrote:

As a human being Jesus practiced meditation for the primary purpose of hearing the Voice of Spirit of God within Him and learning from Spirit of God within Him in order to gain the knowledge, understanding and wisdom as to how to carry out His daily God-ordained purpose. Unbeknownst to many people, the teaching and practice of meditation used to be a major part of the ancient Jewish and Rabbinical education.Today I personally practice meditation primarily for this same reason. It has been the most liberating experience of my life! Most Christians are taught (if meditation is taught in their Churches) that you meditate on the Written Word of God (the Bible). Jesus was taught to meditate in order to get Spoken Word (Truth) from the Spirit of God for your life. Jesus called this inner hearing and learning environment "the Kingdom of God" (Luke 17:20-21). From the ancient Hebraic perspective "the Kingdom of God" that Jesus was referring to was known as the "Bet Hammelkh" which means  See full.

As a human being Jesus practiced meditation for the primary purpose of hearing the Voice of Spirit of God within Him and learning from Spirit of God within Him in order to gain the knowledge, understanding and wisdom as to how to carry out His daily God-ordained purpose. Unbeknownst to many people, the teaching and practice of meditation used to be a major part of the ancient Jewish and Rabbinical education.Today I personally practice meditation primarily for this same reason. It has been the most liberating experience of my life! Most Christians are taught (if meditation is taught in their Churches) that you meditate on the Written Word of God (the Bible). Jesus was taught to meditate in order to get Spoken Word (Truth) from the Spirit of God for your life. Jesus called this inner hearing and learning environment "the Kingdom of God" (Luke 17:20-21). From the ancient Hebraic perspective "the Kingdom of God" that Jesus was referring to was known as the "Bet Hammelkh" which means "the House of Counsel." The Bible states that God is love according to 1 John 4: 7-8. So "meditate like Christ" is to meditate in the environment and presence of the very essence of what true pure love is which is the nature of God. 

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On Sep 27, 2013 d wrote:

 Sharing: I live on Long Island New York and I commute to work  5 days a week on the Long Island railroad. Last year I began a yoga practice @ a beautifully serene yoga studio. There, the yogi, Dharma Mittra introduced me to many new ways of meditating. My very first class had produced  a treasure I never could have imagined. In that class I learned a chant called namah shivaya. It stirred something immensely deep within me.the tune the melody even the sounds of the syllables and words they produced something Within me  which quite frankly is not possible to express with words. It must be experienced. The next morning on my commute to Work on the  train I googled this soul stirring chant Namah Shivaya.what happened next is miiraculous. As I glanced up from my phone where I had been engrossed in reading  a website that beautifully explained  the meaning and purpose of Namah Shivaya. There was a man standing in the aisle of the crowded car .  our  See full.

 Sharing: I live on Long Island New York and I commute to work  5 days a week on the Long Island railroad. Last year I began a yoga practice @ a beautifully serene yoga studio. There, the yogi, Dharma Mittra introduced me to many new ways of meditating. My very first class had produced  a treasure I never could have imagined. In that class I learned a chant called namah shivaya. It stirred something immensely deep within me.the tune the melody even the sounds of the syllables and words they produced something Within me  which quite frankly is not possible to express with words. It must be experienced. The next morning on my commute to
Work on the  train I
googled this soul stirring chant Namah Shivaya.what happened
next
is miiraculous. As I glanced up from my phone where I had been engrossed in reading 
a website that beautifully explained  the meaning and purpose of Namah Shivaya. There was a man standing in the aisle of the crowded car . 
our eyes met , it was as if we connected soul to soul-  At the end of the ride when everyone was moving up the aisle to depart the train. The man spontaneously sat down next to me and we immediately leaned towards one another cheek to cheek as he gently whispered in my ear " I  love you" I am sure by now my eyes were full with tears( of joy) as he then got up and continued on his way..
Later i wrote down the experience so I should never forget.  I titled it" I met God today"  we were both meditating Ike Christ that day..)
forever grateful for Dharma ji 

.what words can do is somehow help us connect through sharing our experiences.

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On Sep 23, 2013 Max wrote:
 Jesus spent a number of years in India, particularly in Gujerat, That figures how Christ would learn meditation from eastern esoteric / mysticism schools.
 

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On Sep 22, 2013 Conrad P Pritscher wrote:

 I meant to say "aware" rather than unaware as in: Being yourself in an aware manner is what meditating like Christ means to me. Sorry for the error.

Being yourself. Being yourself in an unaware manner is what meditating like Christ means to me. - See more at: http://www.awakin.org/read/view.php?tid=973#sthash.jjVOle5y.dpuf


On Sep 20, 2013 Lakshmi wrote:

 

”All who come embodied are AVATAARS, advents of the Divine. What then is the special feature of Rama, Krishna, Buddha and Christ? Why do you celebrate their Birthdays with much reverential enthusiasm? The speciality is this: they are AWARE; you are unaware of the Atma, which is the Truth. AWARENESS confers liberation from bonds, from time, space and causality and from sleep, dream and wakefulness. Avatars are ever alert, aware and alight.”  Bhagawan Sri Sathya SAI BABA

 


On Sep 20, 2013 Rajeev wrote:

It is an exercise in futility to debate/argue with a creation that thinks it can be the Creator. Moments of silence...fleeting moments of peace, calm, happiness here in this world are not divine. For man/woman to be GOD, the Creator (one with Him/divinity) is still the sin that the adversary so skillfully traps us all in (hasn't changed much form the garden of Eden :)). I would rather pray in love for all my friends here, to know Jesus Christ, his life, death and resurrection...pray that He reveals himself to all on here. With much love (very conditional...indeed :))

In Christ,
rajeev 



On Sep 19, 2013 Pius Thekemury wrote:

 As I meditate like Christ,I see him opening up to divine love,which invades his innermost being. This love sets him free from normal human limitations, and releases his INNER FOUNTAIN OF LOVE. This love flows towards all beings, especially the most  in need. This movement meets with opposition,  egoism, personal and collective, which condemns him to death. But a selfless soul cannot be killed. He lives in the souls of all who open up to love.Christness is awakened in me whenever I feel love  and take even a small step to love.



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On Sep 19, 2013 Thierry wrote:

Dear Rajeev, I did not mean righteousness as regards to sin but as regards to the assertion of one's faith. For instance I never quite understood the split between Judaism and Christianity nor their mutual antagonism. The bible scholars I mentioned have helped me see through it.  So have the words reported to be of Jesus in the Gospel of Thomas ( logion 43, if you care to look it up).
A beauty of the  Indian tradition is to acknowledge that people have different inward complexions and that what is right for one is inadequate for the other. This is why there are different types of Yoga to suit different types of people and help them progress on their way, none being exclusive of another.



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On Sep 19, 2013 Pius Thekemury wrote:

 I like to meditate looking at Christ. He closed the doors of his senses and went deep down into the cave of his heart to be one with the Divine. being united with the source of all beings, he opened his eyes and saw that someone's hunger was his hunger; someone's thirst was his thirst; someone's homelessness, his own homelessness. Melting in Love, his life was a life of creation, (seeing goodness in every one and helping him or her to bring it out) and of identification (identifying himself with the need of each one).



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On Sep 18, 2013 j wrote:

 Just earlier today, two women (of a certain faith community) stopped by (for what seems, their monthly visit) to talk and drop off  literature.  
Today, they wondered if I had any questions related to "hell".  My response,  "In my husband and my marital communication, there are "words" we neither discuss or acknowledge (as they would relate to us).  When I commune with Jesus, "hell" is a place He has NEVER taken me.  If Jesus isn't "going there", neither am I.
There are spiritual forces all around us.  In this, I choose Christ.  
He takes me to places, without Him, I couldn't go.
Tucked in the Heart of Jesus   



On Sep 18, 2013 Thierry wrote:

What you say of  Jesus son of God and son of Man is beautiful. But nothing can defeat one's faith better than feeling  self-righteous about it. The history of religion has taught us that much and many have turned away from their native creed for exactly that reason. Actually, I owe to some of those modern gurus and thinkers to have re-discovered the great value hidden inside the perenial teachings of Jesus who spoke through symbols, as was the use in his time. Two very enlightening 'gurus' or rather scholars I would like to recommend are Bishop Spong, an Episcopalian scholar, and Andrew Harvey, author of Jesus Son Of Man, two persons whose faith cannot be questioned.



On Sep 18, 2013 Rajeev wrote:
Meditating like Christ is not just being in a state of unconditional love (Agape love), though that might be one attribute of GOD. Jesus Christ prayed to GOD, the Father and taught us to pray that way. He is the Word of GOD, Word that became flesh and dwelt among us. He meditated on GOD's Word. New age thinkers and modern day gurus pick and choose what they like from the attributes of GOD. Often enough, the context is lost. Read the bible in it's entirety and believe that Jesus Christ was crucified for our sins and He is risen and lives. I challenge all of you modern day thinkers to humble yourself to someone who just didn't speak the truth but said, I'm the Way, the Truth and the Life and no one comes to the Father except through me.

In Christ,
rajeev


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On Sep 17, 2013 Tamilyn wrote:

 beautifullyl put cody .. be yourself.so simple this quest,, yet illusive



On Sep 17, 2013 meg wrote:

 Jesus Christ Is Love... when we cling to Him we will learn to love like Him and be like Him.



On Sep 17, 2013 Thierry wrote:

What I find interesting in this testimony from Krishna Das is that his teacher found a way to demonstrate that meditation does not center in one's personal suffering or discomfort. But rather that  meditation encompasses  the whole process of suffering in its impersonal dimension, is inclusive of all the suffering both inflicted and suffered by sentient beings since the beginning of time. Raja Yoga would have one inquire into the causes of suffering and one's participation and responsibility to bring one to realize the personal/impersonal dimension of suffering. While I understand this teacher to have a more devotional yet no less effective approach. 
I have  been touched by someone who did sustain an unchanging love for all beings but whose teachings might appear more abstract at first view. His concern for the world and its fate was immense.



On Sep 17, 2013 Jakkula David wrote:

What had Maharaj-ji advised to meditate like Christ means to follow Christ teachings. Jesus Christ  birth is different from worldly birth like others.His birth enabling us to changing the history.His life style , his teachings,his miracles,wisdom, suffering, insults and crucifixion was different during  his life in this world. He was fully human and fully God. He demonstrated his Love towards human being by shading his blood to redeem the sin of human being and died on the cross.  He did not lived for himself but for other human being.  He established forgiveness  on the cross. He had forgiven the people that were abused him and beaten him.His death on the cross, he was put in the tomb on the third day he rose again. The empty tomb is wittiness that He his living God. Those  who follow him certainly  he will stay in their heart  that they illuminate his light and love for others. He himself is love.of agape.his nature is love  See full.

What had Maharaj-ji advised to meditate like Christ means to follow Christ teachings. Jesus Christ  birth is different from worldly birth like others.His birth enabling us to changing the history.His life style , his teachings,his miracles,wisdom, suffering, insults and crucifixion was different during  his life in this world. He was fully human and fully God. He demonstrated his Love towards human being by shading his blood to redeem the sin of human being and died on the cross.  He did not lived for himself but for other human being.  He established forgiveness  on the cross. He had forgiven the people that were abused him and beaten him.His death on the cross, he was put in the tomb on the third day he rose again. The empty tomb is wittiness that He his living God. Those  who follow him certainly  he will stay in their heart  that they illuminate his light and love for others. He himself is love.of agape.his nature is love and his action is love. when we receive Christ into our heart, he lives in us for enabling us to sustain, his unchanging love for demonstrate his love through our lives in  action.  YES It is possible to sustain unchanging LOVE if, we receive Jesus  Christ into our heart and take our cross & follow  his commandments and allow him to rule you. More information to understand The Holy  Bible

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On Sep 17, 2013 Sury wrote:

 If it is love, it never changes. There is no such thing as unchanging love. Love is a constant.



On Sep 17, 2013 sarah wrote:

 perfect.



On Sep 17, 2013 MG MORE wrote:

 Yes it is very difficult to sustain an unchanging love.  I feel this is because of what we learn from the society in which we live, work, share.  Until and unless we really understand from the inner mind that this life is for once only. The real and true love just depend on understanding, relations and material world. Hence it is very difficult to LEAVE it and hence we lose the unchanging LOVE. Real love is within. Hence, introspection of self is the key to LOVE SELF. The meditation preached by LORD BUDDHA through Vippashana  and Mahayana Tantra iare unparalleled in the whole world. Hence all countries are looking to The LIGHT OF BUDDHA, the real India (not today's India known as Hindu). Even it has been proved that Jesus Christ visited twice and lived in India during his age between 13 to 30 year of his life and studied the very secret teaching of Lord Buddha, the Mahayana Tantra. There is a book in PALI&nb  See full.

 Yes it is very difficult to sustain an unchanging love.  I feel this is because of what we learn from the society in which we live, work, share.  Until and unless we really understand from the inner mind that this life is for once only. The real and true love just depend on understanding, relations and material world. Hence it is very difficult to LEAVE it and hence we lose the unchanging LOVE. Real love is within. Hence, introspection of self is the key to LOVE SELF. The meditation preached by LORD BUDDHA through Vippashana  and Mahayana Tantra iare unparalleled in the whole world. Hence all countries are looking to The LIGHT OF BUDDHA, the real India (not today's India known as Hindu). Even it has been proved that Jesus Christ visited twice and lived in India during his age between 13 to 30 year of his life and studied the very secret teaching of Lord Buddha, the Mahayana Tantra. There is a book in PALI language about 17 years of his studies of Lord Jesus in Ladhak and Tibet. He stayed in a cave known as HEMIS Cave in Ladhak. There is temple of Jesus Christ known as Hazarath Maulana Yusufa (Yesu) in a town known as KHANAMARI where he died near Shrinagar area in India. "The unknown life of Jesus Christ" a book written by Russian Traveler Nerowitch and Madam Lorrenja. This was published by Indo-American Book Co, Chicago in 1894, but it has been banned by Govt of USA. 

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On Sep 14, 2013 david doane wrote:

 Meditating like Christ means to me what Maharaj-ji said about Christ, that "he lost himself in love...he was one with all beings.  He loved everyone, even the people that crucified him.  He never died.  He is the atman.  He lives in the hearts of all.  He lost himself in love."  That is beautiful and I certainly can not say it better or as well.  Nor do I live it except for occasional moments, I am sad to say.  We can sustain an unchanging love by detaching from all form and form concerns, and purely be.  I have had some experiences of being lost in love, most of them very brief.  An outstanding one for me was a time when I was in a psychotherapy encounter group in which I was lost (and found) in present being/relating/communion, and I was lost in love, touched by the love and the moment that was being facilitated by a leader who was lost and found in being/relating/love.  It was a beautiful experience.  Bringing some o  See full.

 Meditating like Christ means to me what Maharaj-ji said about Christ, that "he lost himself in love...he was one with all beings.  He loved everyone, even the people that crucified him.  He never died.  He is the atman.  He lives in the hearts of all.  He lost himself in love."  That is beautiful and I certainly can not say it better or as well.  Nor do I live it except for occasional moments, I am sad to say.  We can sustain an unchanging love by detaching from all form and form concerns, and purely be.  I have had some experiences of being lost in love, most of them very brief.  An outstanding one for me was a time when I was in a psychotherapy encounter group in which I was lost (and found) in present being/relating/communion, and I was lost in love, touched by the love and the moment that was being facilitated by a leader who was lost and found in being/relating/love.  It was a beautiful experience.  Bringing some of that into more of my ongoing living has been difficult, and the experience I described has lived in my heart and been a guiding light.

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On Sep 13, 2013 Conrad P Pritscher wrote:

 Being yourself. Being yourself in an unaware manner is what meditating like Christ means to me. When you continue to be aware of yourself and be unafraid of what you might find, you sustain an unchanging love. There is no one time I can think of where I lost myself in love. When I read about the Dalai Lama, Gandhi, or St. Francis of Assisi, I notice people who are often lost in love. One's being the change one wishes to make is often loving. As St. Francis said: "Seek not so much  to be consoled as to console, to be understood, as to understand, to be loved, as to love; for it is in giving that we receive, is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born." it seems that Christ and the Buddha, being highly aware each moment, allowed themselves to die and be reborn each moment. Dying and being born in each moment in the matter of the Buddha and Christ is like being one with everyone and everything, and it is like not dying because one is so connected  See full.

 Being yourself. Being yourself in an unaware manner is what meditating like Christ means to me. When you continue to be aware of yourself and be unafraid of what you might find, you sustain an unchanging love. There is no one time I can think of where I lost myself in love. When I read about the Dalai Lama, Gandhi, or St. Francis of Assisi, I notice people who are often lost in love. One's being the change one wishes to make is often loving. As St. Francis said: "Seek not so much  to be consoled as to console, to be understood, as to understand, to be loved, as to love; for it is in giving that we receive, is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born." it seems that Christ and the Buddha, being highly aware each moment, allowed themselves to die and be reborn each moment. Dying and being born in each moment in the matter of the Buddha and Christ is like being one with everyone and everything, and it is like not dying because one is so connected to everyone and everything that there is no separate one to die. Thanks for the opportunity to respond. Warm and kind regards to everyone. After reading Kristin's beautiful statement, Hugs to Kristin and all readers.

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On Sep 13, 2013 Kristin Pedemonti wrote:

 Beautiful. To allow ourselves to connect unconditionally to others to love them fully, flaws and all is Powerful. I have felt this both in giving and receiving several times; I cannot truly explain How it happened, it simply seemed to Flow. It was an overwhelming feeling of joy, love, happiness and sorrow/suffering all in the same moment. Bless us all as we seek to LOVE fully without constraints. As always, thank you for sharing and allowing us to share too. Hug from my heart to yours. Speaking of hugs this just brought to mind several deeply emotional experiences I've had in sharing FREE HUGS; there have been encounters where afterwards I felt as though I was at ONE with the person I was hugging; somehow our Hearts completely connected and I could feel their pain/joy all at once. I suppose a big part of this is allowing ourselves to be completely Open and Vulnerable and Present. <3



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On Sep 13, 2013 jon madian wrote:

 What's most meaningful, beautiful, and scary to me is the tear. Itt unites transcendence with empathy, cosmic love with individual suffering, bliss with grief. What a beautiful expression. 



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