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Grist for the Mill

Awakening to Oneness
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HarperCollins Publishers
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February, 2014
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9780062235916
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From Ram Dass, the author of Be Here Now and Be Love Now, aided by Stephen Levine, author of A Year to Live, comes this timeless lesson about the experience of being and the risks and rewards of spiritual awakening. The book is fully revised with a new introduction. Originally published in 1976, Grist for the Mill is a living classic that offers a deep journey of self-discovery, an understanding of what it means to “be” and to grow as human beings.

Grist for the Mill came from talks I gave to different groups in the 1970s. It captures those interchanges, but it’s also about living in the moment, which transcends time…

Paradoxes like the infinity of time vs. the timeless present, self vs. non-self, and the need for individual effort vs. surrender to a higher power are all grist for the mill of treading on this pathless path. My Guru, Maharaj-ji, once told me, “Enjoy everything!” These days I try to simply love everything that comes my way, whether animate or inanimate, pleasant or painful. I hope you too can learn to absorb life’s ecstasies and distresses into your spiritual practice so they are just more grist for the mill. —from the introduction, 2012

Some of the chapter titles give a sense of the topics: Receiving the Transmission, Rules of the Game, Levels of Reality, The Mellow Drama, Dying: an Opportunity for Awakening, Nobody’s Special, Karmuppance, Methods and More, Questions and Answers.

Yet how can we remove suffering when we ourselves still fear? It is a matter of degree. We do what we can for others and yet never stop working on ourselves, for we keep in mind that it is our consciousness that may help to liberate another.

As Ram Dass says,

When the faith is strong enough it is sufficient just to be. It's a journey towards simplicity, towards quietness, towards a kind of joy that is not in time. It's a journey that has taken us from primary identification with our body and our psyche, on to an identification with God, and ultimately beyond identification.

Publisher’s Description: 

By the author of Be Here Now and Be Love Now comes this timeless lesson about the experience of being and the risks and rewards of our spiritual path. The book is fully revised with a new introduction. Originally published in 1976, Grist for the Mill is a timeless classic that offers a deep spiritual journey of self-discovery, and a universal understanding of what it means to "be" and to grow as human beings. As Ram Dass puts it, "When the faith is strong enough it is sufficient just to be. It's a journey towards simplicity, towards quietness, towards a kind of joy that is not in time. It's a journey that has taken us from primary identification with our body and our psyche, on to an identification with God, and ultimately beyond identification."

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