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January 28, 2010
The Mask Unmasked

Here is Jim Carrey, one of the funniest dudes in history, sharing his recent revelation about the illusory nature of thought and the true definition of spirituality as being the relieving of all suffering. The times they are a 'changin.

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January 27, 2010
VIDEO: The Key

We are all so lucky to be alive -- no matter what path we walk. Everywhere, there are reminders to wake up and feel the love inside.

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January 25, 2010
TPRF Makes $50,000 Donation to Haitian Relief Efforts

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Within days of the earthquake in Haiti, The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF) made a donation of $50,000 to provide immediate food aid for survivors.

TPRF teamed up with one of its ongoing partners, Friends of the World Food Program. The World Food Program (WFP) was able to begin delivering food within 24 hours of the disaster, since it has an already-established aid operation in Haiti, long ranked as the poorest nation in the western hemisphere.

With stores of ready-to-eat food and trained staff already in Haiti and in the nearby Dominican Republic, WFP has now delivered rations to over 200,000 people in and around Port-au-Prince.

The initial phase of their six-month recovery plan is to distribute one-week supplies of High Energy Biscuits, which are rich in protein, vitamins and minerals and can provide the immediate energy needed for survival. Now sixteen million Meals-Ready-to-Eat are en route from the US, Italy and Denmark, set to be distributed in the coming week to people who have no access to cooking facilities.

In addition, food kitchens are being set up in strategic locations in hospitals and schools, including in the town of Leogane, which is close to the epicenter of the quake and which suffered 90% destruction. Some are already serving nutritious hot meals to survivors -- for most their first in this very tragic week.

Less than 24 hours after the quake hit, The Prem Rawat Foundation began an ongoing fundraising campaign to help the people in Haiti. TPRF plans to continue its aid for the Haitian people to provide support and hope in their long road to recovery.

WFP Haiti photo credit: WFP/Alejandro Chicheri

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January 11, 2010
A Lulu of a Contest

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OK, it's contest time!

I just found out from my publisher (www.Lulu.com) that they are sponsoring a contest for their authors. It's a simple deal. The author who sells the most copies of his/her book in January wins $1,500. Second place is $750. Third place is $500.

All you need to do is buy a copy for $14.97 + shipping. If I win, I'll donate the prize money to TPRF, a non-profit humanitarian foundation. Everyone wins! You in?

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January 10, 2010
Making Room for Rumi

The first time I heard Coleman Barks read Rumi I was baffled. Somehow, a Southern accent and Rumi's timeless poetry didn't seem to go together. But they do. Barks has done wonders to get Rumi's souful wisdom into the world marketplace. His reading has grit, gravitas, and good vibes. Enjoy!

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Follow Your Bliss

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January 09, 2010
The 8 Irresistible Principles of Fun

I'm sure you've heard the expression, "Are we having fun yet?" Well, that's what the flash animation video below is all about -- the eight irresistible principles of fun done in time to Johann Strauss' The Blue Danube Waltz. Inspiring. Cool. And yes, fun!

www.eightprinciples.com

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January 06, 2010
Written in the Sands of Time

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January 04, 2010
Finding Home

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When I was a small boy, I used to look up at the sky a lot, sigh, and think one basic thought: "I want to go home."

Though my parents tried their best to love me (allowance! grilled cheese! dog!)I was sure I came from someplace else. I felt like an orphan.

It wasn't that I was unhappy. I wasn't. i just felt displaced -- absolutely sure that my real home was very faraway.

As I grew up and translated my boyish sky-prayers into a more classical spiritual quest, I began to notice a pattern in the books I was reading.

Beyond the jargon and the all too common habit of implying that their way was the only way, a central theme was emerging -- the home I was looking for was within me.

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My seemingly unquenchable thirst to have the experience of arriving was not going to be a matter of traveling to exotic places worthy of my pilgrimage. It was going to be a matter of turning within.

But how? How does one turn within?

Well, that's what my teacher, Maharaji, was (and still is) revealing. In a very simple way, he has a knack for helping people experience their true home.

Yes, home is where the heart is, but where is the heart?

That is the quest. And that is also the destination.

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January 02, 2010
The Way of Knowledge

Thanks to Richard Bann

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January 01, 2010
A Place That Is Timeless

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