Ram Dass, aka Baba Ram Dass, born Richard Alpert

Ram
Dass, aka Baba Ram Dass, born Richard Alpert
1931

American Spiritual Teacher, Author "Be Here Now", Founded Seva Foundation and Hanuman Foundation, Professor at Harvard University well-known for his association with Timothy Leary, both dismissed for experiments on the effects of psychedelic drugs on human subjects, also known for association with Hindu guru Neem Karoli Baba

Author Quotes

There's much more in any given moment than we usually perceive, and that we ourselves are much more than we usually perceive. When you know that, part of you can stand outside the drama of your life.

There is nothing more than this.

There are three stages in this journey that I have been on. The first, the social science stage; the second, the psychedelic stage; and the third, the yogi stage.

The World is perfect as it is, including my desire to change it

The stroke caused me to lose faith, and it was a cold, cold place, and I suddenly realized it was fierce grace

The secret is that you're not able to hear.

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 quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.

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

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

The question we need to ask ourselves is whether there is any place we can stand in ourselves where we can look at all that's happening around us without freaking out, where we can be quiet enough to hear our predicament, and where we can begin to find ways of acting that are at least not contributing to further destabilization.

The most important aspect of love is not in giving or the receiving: it

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

The most exquisite paradox

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

?The God within is your Spiritual Heart. Your Soul. And in that individual Soul, rests God- rests the One. Go into your soul and your heart-space which can be Awareness, Love, Compassion, etc

The Ego is an exquisite instrument. Enjoy it, use it--just don't get lost in it.

The fun is having friends who help each other get free.

The dance goes from realizing that you're separate (which is the awakening) to then trying to find your way back into the totality of which you are not only a part, but which you are.

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

That need was for truth, for compassion, for wisdom, for the Beloved. I wanted to merge with the Beloved.

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.

Suffering is part of our training program for becoming wise.

Somehow I figure that why we take incarnation is because we learn about two things in this life: suffering and love.

Remember, 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. Working on our own consciousness is the most important thing that we are doing at any moment, and being love is the supreme creative act.

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First Name
Ram
Last Name
Dass, aka Baba Ram Dass, born Richard Alpert
Birth Date
1931
Bio

American Spiritual Teacher, Author "Be Here Now", Founded Seva Foundation and Hanuman Foundation, Professor at Harvard University well-known for his association with Timothy Leary, both dismissed for experiments on the effects of psychedelic drugs on human subjects, also known for association with Hindu guru Neem Karoli Baba