- “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.”
- “We’re all just walking each other home.”
- “As long as you have certain desires about how it ought to be you can’t see how it is.”
- “It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed.”
- “In most of our human relationships, we spend much of our time reassuring one another that our costumes of identity are on straight.”
- “Let’s trade in all our judging for appreciating. Let’s lay down our righteousness and just be together.”
- “The heart surrenders everything to the moment. The mind judges and holds back.”
- “Your problem is you are too busy holding on to your unworthiness.”
- “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.”
- “I would like my life to be a statement of love and compassion–and where it isn’t, that’s where my work lies.”
- “I’m not interested in being a “lover.” I’m interested in only being love.”
- “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.”
- “What we’re seeing “out there” is the projection of where we’re at–the projection of the clingings of our minds.”
- “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.
- If you think you’re free, there’s no escape possible.”
- “Everything changes once we identify with being the witness to the story, instead of the actor in it.”
- “Healing does not mean going back to the way things were before, but rather allowing what is now to move us closer to God.”
- “Only that in you which is me can hear what I’m saying.”
- “Every religion is the product of the conceptual mind attempting to describe the mystery.”
- “The next message you need is always right where you are.”
- “It’s very different because the Indians live as if they are their souls and Americans live as if they are their egos.”
- “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?”
- “It’s all real and it’s all illusory: that’s Awareness!”
- “Suffering is the sandpaper of our incarnation. It does its work of shaping us.”
- “Everything in your life is there as a vehicle for your transformation. Use it!”
- “A feeling of aversion or attachment toward something is your clue that there’s work to be done.”
- “Information is just bits of data. Knowledge is putting them together. Wisdom is transcending them.”
- “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.”
- “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.”
- “My life is a creative act–like a painting, or a concerto.”
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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.… More