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Ram Dass on sleep and dreaming

“As your practice proceeds you’ll be able to remain conscious as you transition from your normal waking state into the states of sleep ... once you can remain conscious like this, you’ll no longer sleep but merely pass through the night by going into deeper states of meditation.”

To those who know me that sounds like something I might write, but those words were published by Ram Dass in 1971.

This image shows a little more of his text. I deleted a few sentences that were repetitive or used obscure words.

When you’re feeling enlightened, slap yourself in the face

There are times when you’re meditating really hard and you start to have some feeling of enlightenment. You walk around and think, “La la la la la, I’m feeling pretty good about how I’m feeling, la la la la la.” When that happens, the best thing you can do is slap yourself in the face really hard, or have someone else do it for you.

The meditation teaching of S.N. Goenka

I learned about S.N. Goenka when reading a few books by Ram Dass. Interestingly, Goenka told Dass and many other followers of the Maharaji, “You don’t need a stinking guru” (I’m paraphrasing a bit there). Despite that, Dass and many other Maharaji disciples learned how to meditate from Goenka.

LionsRoar.com has this article, The Universal Meditation Technique of S.N. Goenka, which is a nice interview with Norman Fischer.