Spiritual Quotes by the famous spiritual author
and teacher Ram Dass
born Richard Alpert - United States - April
6, 1931 / Lives - USA
Popular Ram Dass writings include "Still Here:
Embracing Aging, Changing and Dying", "Compassion
in Action, with Mirabai Bush", ""
& "Journey of Awakening: A Meditator's
+ I would say that the thrust of my life has been
initially about getting free, and then realizing
that my freedom is not independent of everybody
else. Then I am arriving at that circle where
one works on oneself as a gift to other people
so that one doesn't create more suffering. I help
people as a work on myself and I work on myself
to help people.
+ Working on our own consciousness is the most
important thing that we are doing at any moment,
and being love is a supreme creative act.
+ Im not interested in being a lover.
Im interested in only being love.
+ Our rational minds can never understand what
has happened, but our hearts.. if we can keep
them open to God, will find their own intuitive
+ Psychedelics helped me to escape.. albeit momentarily..
from the prison of my mind. It over-rode the habit
patterns of thought and I was able to taste innocence
again. Looking at sensations freshly without the
conceptual overly was very profound.
+ 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.
+ The stroke caused me to lose faith, and it was
a cold, cold place, and I suddenly realized it
was fierce grace.. that turned my life around.
+ Do what you can on this plane to relieve suffering
by constantly working on yourself to be an instrument
for the cessation of suffering. To me, that's
what the emerging game is all about.
+ 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 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.
+ The most important aspect of love is not in
giving or the receiving: its in the being.
When I need love from others, or need to give
love to others, Im 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