Ram Dass speaks of Life

Ram Dass“We’re all just walking each other home.”

“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.”

“We’re fascinated by the words–but where we meet is in the silence behind them.”

“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.”

“As long as you have certain desires about how it ought to be you can’t see how it is.”

“The spiritual journey is individual, highly personal. It can’t be organized or regulated. It isn’t true that everyone should follow one path. Listen to your own truth.”

“Only that in you which is me can hear what I’m saying.”

“Everything changes once we identify with being the witness to the story, instead of the actor in it.”

“We are all affecting the world every moment, whether we mean to or not. Our actions and states of mind matter, because we are so deeply interconnected with one another.”

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Ram Dass speaks of Love

Ram Dass“Love is the most transformative medicine For Love slowly transforms you Into what psychedelics only get you to glimpse.”

“You may protest if you can love the person you are protesting against as much as you love yourself.”

“That’s who we all are on this path, spiritual family and friends. It’s just one big family. We’re all relatives until we realize we’re really all the same and there’s only one of us—one loving awareness. May you be one in that love.”

“Through love for God, your work becomes an expression of devotion.”

“Grace is at the nexus of love and awareness. There it’s all open and it’s all love.”

“Once you have drunk from the water of unconditional love, no other well can satisfy your thirst. The pangs of separation may become so intense that seeking the affection of the Beloved becomes an obsession.”

“It is only when you begin to understand that if you and I are truly in love, if I go to the place in me that is love and you to the place in you that is love we are ‘together’ in Love. We start to understand that what love means is that we are sharing a common state together. That state exists in you and it exists in me.”

“Compassion refers to the arising in the heart of the desire to relieve the suffering of all beings.”

“Our interactions with one another reflect a dance between love and fear.”

“I’m not interested in being a “lover.” I’m interested in only being love.”

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Ram Dass Speaks of Practice

Ram Dass“Just because you are seeing divine light, experiencing waves of bliss, or conversing with Gods and Goddesses is no reason to not know your zip code.”

“Our journey is about being more deeply involved in Life and yet less attached to it.”

“I can do nothing for you but work on myself…you can do nothing for me but work on yourself!”

“We’re being trained through our incarnations–trained to seek love, trained to seek light, trained to see the grace in suffering.”

“In mystical traditions, it is one’s own readiness that makes experiences exoteric or esoteric.
The secret isn’t that you’re not being told.
The secret is that you’re not able to hear.”

“Spiritual practices help us move from identifying with the ego to identifying with the soul. Old age does that for you too. It spiritualizes people naturally.”

“All spiritual practices are illusions created by illusionists to escape illusion.”

“The Ego is an exquisite instrument. Enjoy it, use it–just don’t get lost in it.”

– Ram Dass