Ram Dass Quotes

Who was Ram Dass?

American spiritual teacher Ram Dass, nom de plume of Richard Alpert, was the author of the seventies spiritual book 'Be Here Now'.

Born April 6, 1931
Died December 22, 2019
Aged 88 years old

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“A feeling of aversion or attachment toward something is your clue that there's work to be done.”

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

“Do you think that when Christ is lying there and they’re nailing the nails in, He’s saying, ‘Oh man, does that hurt!’?

He’s probably looking at the guy who’s nailing him with absolute compassion. He digs why the cat’s doing it. What he’s stuck in. How much dust covers his eyes. Why he’s got to be doing it. That’s the way it is.”

“Every religion is the product of the conceptual mind attempting to describe the mystery.”

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

“Everything in your life is there as a vehicle for your transformation.
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“If you meditate regularly, even when you don’t feel like it, you will make great gains, for it will allow you to see how your thoughts impose limits on you. Your resistances to meditation are your mental prisons in miniature.”

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“In most of our human relationships, we spend much of our time reassuring one another that our costumes of identity are on straight.”

“Information is just bits of data. Knowledge is putting them together. Wisdom is transcending them.”

“It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed.”

“Let's trade in all our judging for appreciating.”

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

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

“Suffering is part of our training program for becoming wise.”

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“Suffering is the sandpaper of our incarnation. It does its work of shaping us.”

“The game is not about becoming somebody, it's about becoming nobody.”

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“When Christianity proscribed the public exercise of the ancient worships, the partisans of the latter were compelled to meet in secret for the celebration of their mysteries.

Initiates presided over these assemblies and soon established a kind of orthodoxy among the varieties of persecuted worships, this being facilitated by the aid of magical truth and by the fact that proscription unites wills and forges bonds of brotherhood between men.”

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“The heart surrenders everything to the moment. The mind judges and holds back.”

“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.”

“The next message you need is always right where you are.”

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

“The resistance to the unpleasant situation is the root of suffering.”

“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.”

“The universe is an example of love. Like a tree. Like the ocean. Like my body. Like my wheelchair. I see the love.”

“Treat everyone you meet like God in drag.”

“We're all just walking each other home.”

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

“What you meet in another being is the projection of your own level of evolution.”

“Your understanding of what the universe is all about changes as you proceed further along the path towards enlightenment. As your vantage point or perspective changes, you begin to understand more and more of ‘how it is.’

With this greater understanding comes greater compassion, an acceptance of ‘how it is’, an ability to see the divine plan in everything, even in your failings and the failings of others.”

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Be Here Now Quotes

“Be here now.”

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“Early in the journey you wonder how long the journey will take and whether you will make it in this lifetime. Later you will see that where you are going is here and you will arrive now. So you stop asking.”

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“The law of karma is very scientific. The effects of our actions must be of the same nature and extent as the original actions themselves. It is not a question of reward and punishment but of energetics. Our actions set in motion a subtle force that pushes us along in life. If we act in a violent way towards others, for example, that violence becomes embedded in our psyche and reflects upon us, causing us to act and to be acted upon in a violent way. If we act in a loving and compassionate manner, on the other hand, that energy carries us along the stream of love and brings the forces of love into our life to the same degree and manner as the love we have put forth.”

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