29 Jan 2014
January 29, 2014

The Purpose of a Lineage

Image Credit: © 2014 Judy Olson – www.judyolsonphotos.com My own lineage is reflected in the name Ram Dass, which means “servant of God.” It’s a path of devotion to God/Guru, and the expression of that devotion is through service to all beings. Mother Teresa reflected this lineage when she spoke of serving the lepers in.. read more →

21 Jan 2014
January 21, 2014

Beyond Conditions

(Artwork by Kelly Lundeen: http://www.kellylundeenstudios.com) The optimal strategy in behavior change, with yourself and every other human being, is compassion. That means, as far as I understand it, the ability to see how it all is. As long as you have certain desires about how you think it ought to be, you can’t hear how it.. read more →

15 Jan 2014
January 15, 2014

Increasing the Amount of Consciousness

(Artwork by Gene-Manuel Whirling: http://www.gene-manuelart.com) Now does working on yourself have anything to do with whether you protest, march, drop out, drop in? No, it has nothing whatsoever to do with that, because at any moment you are consciousness involved in a nature package. That nature package includes your heredity, your environment, all of your personality.. read more →

08 Jan 2014
January 8, 2014

Limitations of Knowing

(Artwork by Outi Harma: outiart.com) How do you reconcile faith and reason? Well, as I feel it now, we have come out of a period where in the evolutionary journey of us as beings, Man evolves these great frontal lobes and this capacity for rational thought or for self-consciousness. And this is, in the Hindu system,.. read more →

30 Dec 2013
December 30, 2013

The Bridge Between Self & Soul

Question: I’d like to know about forgiveness as a bridge between the separate self and the awakened soul. Ram Dass: That’s a nice way of phrasing the question. It’s a step on a ladder that goes from dualism into non-dualism. Because as you forgive or allow or acknowledge or say “Of course you’re human” or.. read more →

19 Dec 2013
December 19, 2013

The Training Program for Attachment

It always boils down to this question: How did we get so attached in the first place, or why? I have really nothing but a cop-out answer for that. I mean not a clear answer because, just as I said, ultimately the laws of the universe are not rationally knowable, because they are not within.. read more →

11 Dec 2013
December 11, 2013

I Am Loving Awareness

When talking about awareness, most of us identify with our awareness through the ego, through the mind and senses. But the true self is in the middle of our chest, in our spiritual heart. So, to get from ego to the true self I said “I am loving awareness.” Loving awareness is the soul. I.. read more →

04 Dec 2013
December 4, 2013

Speeding the Awakening

All beings are involved in an evolutionary journey. In the course of history, and far into pre-recorded history, beings have been getting lost in the illusion, and awakening out of it. Some beings have finished their work and have awakened out of illusion, the illusion that is involved in birth after birth, not only on.. read more →

27 Nov 2013
November 27, 2013

It Might be the Dress…

On the way back from India I had gotten to the Los Angeles airport where I was waiting between planes. I had come from this thing in the temple and then I’d been in Kyoto in Japan in a temple, and from there I’d come directly to Los Angeles where I was waiting for a.. read more →

20 Nov 2013
November 20, 2013

It’s What You Are

Now, when you get into this place where your thoughts have given up, you are then in a strange state which for us is very very scary. Because you’re not thinking anything. I remember the first time this happened when I went for a period of time not thinking anything and I suddenly got panicked… read more →