Today is November 1st, 1985. It's around 2:30 in the afternoon. I'd like to talk with you today about selfless giving. People ask sometimes, "What is the meaning of life? Why do we exist? Is there a purpose, or a reason or, did it just happen? Are we just an accident in the cosmos? Or is there a plan or an idea? Is there a God? If there is a God, how could a being we refer to as higher create a world with so much pain, frustration, selfishness and beauty?" Most people lead lives of frustration and disappointment. They enjoy temporary pleasures and long lasting suffering. We live in a world where people fight wars, they kill each other. They rape the earth. One nationality suppresses another, one religion claims to be the exclusive way to truth or God. We see very few people who are satisfied. They say that the only ones who are really happy are the enlightened or the fools.
You live in this world for a short time. Ten years, twenty years, eighty years. Eighty years is not very long in cosmic time is it? We don't really remember where we came from and we're not too sure about where we go to. If we go, if we are after this thing that we call life. There doesn't necessarily seem to be a whole lot we can do about it. You don't really have a choice. You are alive, you will die. And yet, there are those who tell us that we can be uncommonly happy, even in a world of disease, a world of frustration, and more than occasional disappointment, you can be uncommonly happy.
There are those who preach the gospel of life after death. In other words, if you do certain things now, then in an immortal land after you die you'll enjoy some kind of perpetual happiness. And they posit that against hell and suffering, some kind of eternal damnation. If you don't do those things, or if you do their opposite, then you will experience eternal suffering. There are different views, different cosmologies, ways of seeing life.
Selfless giving presupposes something. It presupposes that there is a luminous reality which is beyond sight, sound and mind. It is beyond the senses. It's within us and around us.
I personally don't subscribe to any particular cosmology or belief system. I'm a seer. My name is Rama, and I'd like to talk to you a little bit about my own personal experiences, 'cause those are all I really have to go with or from. Now, I'm fortunate in the sense that I have pretty good vision. Sort of 20/20 in the inner world. So, of course, I can recall my past lives, and other peoples' lives. I can see other times, other dimensions. Because I've spent many years and many lifetimes studying the science of being. The science of attention and awareness.
Now, what all of that boils down to, for me, and of course for others who have had similar experiences, is a kind of a seeing. And that seeing is a seeing of life. That is to say, I see life not in just one way, but in a lot of different ways, because life is not one thing. If I put on a pair of rose-colored glasses, the world will be rosy. If I put on yellow-tinted glasses, the world will be yellow. There are thousands and millions of dimensions. Other worlds. There are of course, other physical worlds, but there are realities that are mind. States of mind. Everything is a state of mind. Everything depends upon your level of attention or awareness.
So there are many views, many ways to view life. Is there one way that is infinitely more correct than another? I think so. In that I think that the way that is most correct is not to have a single way.
But one thing that I have seen, again and again, regardless of the method of apprehension of the dimensional plane that one is in, one thing that I've seen again and again, is selfless giving and how effective it is.
Selfless giving presupposes something. It presupposes that there is a luminous reality which is beyond sight, sound and mind. It is beyond the senses. It's within us and around us. Some people call it God, some call it nirvana, truth, there are many different names. The Tao, lots of names. The names don't really matter. I could call you Susan or Bob or Harold. That name doesn't ultimately change who or what you are, it's a description. It's something we affix in time and space.
The luminous reality is for real. Because I see it and feel it and experience it, constantly. One who sees and feels and experiences the luminous reality constantly we say is enlightened. Simply meaning that they live in a state of light. They're always aware of that luminous energy that is life. They're not simply confined to the experience of their senses: feeling, tasting, smelling, hearing and touching. They use a sixth sense to look where their eyes cannot see; to hear where their ears can't listen; to taste that which cannot be tasted with the tongue; to feel that which can never be felt, even in the most delicate caress. To hear something more beautiful than all the symphonies that have ever been, and the most celestial voices.