Foundation of Teaching
Be Here Now, Love, Compassion, Peace
Example of Teaching
“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.”
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In 1961, while at Harvard, explorations of human consciousness led him, in collaboration with Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzner, Aldous Huxley, and Allen Ginsberg, to pursue intensive research with psilocybin, LSD-25, and other psychedelic chemicals. Out of this research came two books: The Psychedelic Experience (co-authored with Leary and Metzner, based on The Tibetan Book of the Dead, published by University Books); and LSD (with Sidney Cohen and Lawrence Schiller, published by New American Library). Because of the highly controversial nature of their research, Richard Alpert and Timothy Leary became personae non grata and were dismissed from Harvard in 1963. Tim Leary and Alpert then went to Mexico, ate mushrooms, and went from being academics to counter culture icons, legends in their own time, and young at that. For Ram Dass psychedelic work turned out to be a prelude to the mystical country of the spirit and the source of consciousness itself. Mind expansion via chemical substances became a catalyst for the spiritual seeking.
Ram Dass first went to India in 1967. In India, he met his guru, Neem Karoli Baba, affectionately known as Maharajji, who gave Ram Dass his name, which means “servant of God.” Everything changed then – his intense dharmic life started, and he became a pivotal influence on a culture that has reverberated with the words “Be Here Now” ever since. Ram Dass’s spirit has been a guiding light for three generations, carrying along millions on the journey, helping free them from their bonds as he has worked his way through his own.
Since 1968, Ram Dass has pursued a panoramic array of spiritual methods and practices from potent ancient wisdom traditions, including bhakti or devotional yoga focused on the Hindu deity Hanuman; Buddhist meditation in the Theravadin, Mahayana Tibetan and Zen Buddhist schools, and Sufi and Jewish mystical studies. Perhaps most significantly, his practice of karma yoga or spiritual service has opened up millions of other souls to their deep, yet individuated spiritual practice and path. Ram Dass continues to uphold the boddhisatva ideal for others through his compassionate sharing of true knowledge and vision. His unique skill in getting people to cut through and feel divine love without dogma is still a positive influence on many people from all over the planet.
In 1974, Ram Dass created the Hanuman Foundation, a non-profit meant to embody what he had absorbed from his Guru. Hanuman Foundation developed the Prison Ashram Project, designed to help prison inmates grow spiritually during their incarceration, and the Dying Project helped many cope and transcend, taking the unnecessary sting out of the tail of life and giving people a way to deal with suffering and death.
Ram Dass is a co-founder and advisory board member of the Seva Foundation (“seva” means “spiritual service” in Sanskrit), an international service organization. Seva supports programs designed to help wipe out curable blindness in India and Nepal, restore the agricultural life of impoverished villagers in Guatemala, assist in primary health care for American Indians, and to bring attention to the issues of homelessness and environmental degradation in the United States, along with other nations.
Ram Dass now resides on Maui, where he shares his teachings through the internet and through retreats on Maui. His work continues to be a path of inspiration to his old students and friends as well as young people who are just discovering the path of Being Here Now. His most recent book, “Be Love Now” (2010) follows the track of his own heart awakening and his quest to embody the unconditional love that he experienced with his guru Neem Karoli Baba.
Articles and Posts
- What Are Some Techniques For Finding Freedom Within Ourselves?views: 242
by Ram Dass: I view spiritual practice as the freeing of awareness from identification with anything… That’s a spiritual practice. How that is done is through a wide variety of means. It can be done, for example, in the heart [...]
- Baba Ram Dass And The Flower From The Skyviews: 406
by Mitch Ditkoff: Be Here Now was the Bible of the 1960’s or, if not the Bible… then at least the Bhagavad Gita — a book that bridged the gap between East and West for an entire generation of long-haired, counter culture, [...]
- The Predicament of “Somebodyness” - Ram Dassviews: 410
by Ram Dass: There’s a great line from a wonderful teacher who died some years ago named Kalu Rinpoche… a lovely Tibetan monk. He said, “We live in illusion, the appearance of things, but there is a reality and we are [...]
- What Are Some Tools We Can Use For Positive Transformation? - Ram Dassviews: 503
by Ram Dass: The tools for positive transformation that I’m most aware of are the nature of the human mind… and the nature of the human heart… the quietness of mind and the ability to sit in a place where [...]
- How to Cultivate Mindfulness By Listening To Your Thoughts - Ram Dassviews: 867
by Ram Dass: Try this exercise to develop mindfulness by meditating on one’s thoughts… Perhaps at some time you have sat quietly by the side of an ocean or river. At first there is one big rush of sound. Listening quietly, you [...]
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- Ram Dass: We Are Awareness ( Video)views: 1358
- Transformation Through the Breath Meditation with Ram Dassviews: 1163
- A Dialogue with Ram Dass and Eckhart Tolleviews: 3586
- Timothy Leary and Ram Dass debate Godviews: 1854
- Ram Dass on Faith, Belief and Surviving a Strokeviews: 1959
- Cultivating Love Awareness-Trailerviews: 1485
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- "We're here to awaken from the illusion of separateness."
- "Prolong not the past; Invite not the future; Do not alter your innate wakefulness Fear not appearances"
- "There in nothing more than this Suffering is part of our training program for becoming wise."
- "As one individual changes, the system changes."
- "Religions are founded by what mystics say when they come back; but what the mystics say is not the same as what happened to them."
- "You give up not meditating. It's called meditation action. There's no way out of it. Meditation means to be constantly extricating yourself from the clinging of mind."
- "We're fascinated by the words--but where we meet is in the silence behind them."
- "The quieter you become, the more you can hear."