05 Mar 2014
March 5, 2014

The Wheel of Formlessness

  We have to constantly ask ourselves, “How do I use my every moment to get there?”  It’s got to be done with the flow of love and the quietness of mind. It’s like the women in India who go to the well and come back with jugs full of water on their heads. They’re.. read more →

26 Feb 2014
February 26, 2014

Perfect Lessons

Question: You say every life situation is a perfect lesson. How is that so? Ram Dass: The universe is made up of experiences that are designed to burn out our reactivity, which is our attachment, our clinging, to pain, to pleasure, to fear, to all of it. And as long as there are places where.. read more →

12 Feb 2014
February 12, 2014

Uncooked Seeds

There is a story about an old Zen monk who was dying, who had finished everything and was about to get off the wheel. He was just floating away, free and in his pure Buddha-mind, when a thought passed by of a beautiful deer he had once seen in a field. And he held on.. read more →

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 →

08 Nov 2013
November 8, 2013

Words from Realized Beings

Hanging out with realized beings or saints, with their words and pictures, is a way to inspire and find guidance for your own path. A realized being is like a pure mirror who shows you all of the places where there is dust on your own mirror. Such a being is a clear mirror because he or she.. read more →

30 Oct 2013
October 30, 2013

Simple Truth

I kept hoping to get esoteric teachings from Maharaj-ji, but when I asked, “How can I become enlightened?” he said things like, “Love everybody, serve everybody, and remember God,” or “Feed people.” When I asked, “How can I know God?” Maharaj-ji said, “The best form to worship God is in all forms. God is in everything.” These simple teachings,.. read more →

16 Oct 2013
October 16, 2013

Dying Consciously

My view has evolved to seeing death — the moment of death — as a ceremony. If people are sitting with you to help as you are going through this dying ceremony, help them to see you as the soul you truly are, not as your ego. If they identify you as your ego, during the last part.. read more →

09 Oct 2013
October 9, 2013

New Podcast Featuring Rameshwar Das

Tami Simon speaks with Rameshwar Das, a writer, photographer, and long-time friend of Ram Dass. Rameshwar met his guru Neem Karoli Baba in India in 1970, and most recently was coauthor with Ram Dass on his new book – Polishing the Mirror. In this episode, Tami speaks with Rameshwar about suffering as a doorway of.. read more →

02 Oct 2013
October 2, 2013

Walking in the Dharma

Artwork by H. Spencer Young (http://www.hspenceryoung.com/)   When I start to get angry, I see my predicament and how I’m getting caught in expectations and righteousness. Learning to give up anger has been a continuous process. When Maharaj-ji told me to love everyone and tell the truth, he also said, “Give up anger, and I’ll help you with it.”.. read more →

19 Sep 2013
September 19, 2013

It’s All Perfect

Having been in the presence of Maharaj-ji, I have come to trust the way a being like that is in the universe. It’s like knowing somebody who lives a little farther up the mountain and can see farther than you can. The view from there is perfection — not perfection as something to be achieved, but perfection in what.. read more →