Awaken The World Through Enlightened Media

Quotes by Ram Dass

  1. “We’re here to awaken from the illusion of separateness.”
  2. “Prolong not the past; Invite not the future; Do not alter your innate wakefulness  Fear not appearances”
  3. “There in nothing more than this Suffering is part of our training program for becoming wise.”
  4. “As one individual changes, the system changes.”
  5. “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.”
  6. “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.”
  7. “We’re fascinated by the words–but where we meet is in the silence behind them.”
  8. “The quieter you become, the more you can hear.”
  9. “We’re all just walking each other home.”
  10. “As long as you have certain desires about how it ought to be you can’t see how it is.”
  11. “It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed.”
  12. “In most of our human relationships, we spend much of our time reassuring one another that our costumes of identity are on straight.”
  13. “Let’s trade in all our judging for appreciating. Let’s lay down our righteousness and just be together.”
  14. “The heart surrenders everything to the moment. The mind judges and holds back.”
  15. “Your problem is you are too busy holding on to your unworthiness.”
  16. “The most exquisite paradox… as soon as you give it all up, you can have it all. As long as you want power, you can’t have it. The minute you don’t want power, you’ll have more than you ever dreamed possible.”
  17. “I would like my life to be a statement of love and compassion–and where it isn’t, that’s where my work lies.”
  18. “I’m not interested in being a “lover.” I’m interested in only being love.”
  19. “I am embarrassed to admit what drew me to psychology. I didn’t want to go to medical school. I was getting good grades in psychology and I was charismatic and people in the psychology department liked me. It was as low a level as that.”
  20. “What we’re seeing “out there” is the projection of where we’re at–the projection of the clingings of our minds.”
  21. “Death has such great importance in this society that it affects everything. I learned from my guru that death is not the enemy, I see it as another moment. Yet it’s the end of an incarnation and means going on to other incarnations.
  22. If you think you’re free, there’s no escape possible.”
  23. “Everything changes once we identify with being the witness to the story, instead of the actor in it.”
  24. “Healing does not mean going back to the way things were before, but rather allowing what is now to move us closer to God.”
  25. “Only that in you which is me can hear what I’m saying.”
  26. “Every religion is the product of the conceptual mind attempting to describe the mystery.”
  27. “The next message you need is always right where you are.”
  28. “It’s very different because the Indians live as if they are their souls and Americans live as if they are their egos.”
  29. “In our relationships, how much can we allow them to become new, and how much do we cling to what they used to be yesterday?”
  30. “It’s all real and it’s all illusory: that’s Awareness!”
  31. “Suffering is the sandpaper of our incarnation. It does its work of shaping us.”
  32. “Everything in your life is there as a vehicle for your transformation. Use it!”
  33. “A feeling of aversion or attachment toward something is your clue that there’s work to be done.”
  34. “Information is just bits of data. Knowledge is putting them together. Wisdom is transcending them.”
  35. “The most important aspect of love is not in giving or the receiving: it’s in the being. When I need love from others, or need to give love to others, I’m caught in an unstable situation. Being in love, rather than giving or taking love, is the only thing that provides stability. Being in love means seeing the Beloved all around me.”
  36. “What the word God means is the mystery really. It’s the mystery that we face as humans the mystery of existence, of suffering and of death.”
  37. “My life is a creative act–like a painting, or a concerto.”
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