Being in the presence of dying people keeps me close to the edge of my own awakening. Love touches time and turns it to dust. Love is beyond the reach of time. -Ram Dass
Posts By: Ram Dass
Role Models During the fall of 1995, I spent four days at the Gorbachev World Forum, where I met some remarkable elder role models who were taking part in that program, among them Barbara Weidner, a Catholic woman in her 80s who heads an organization called “Grandmothers for Peace.” When I asked her why she’d… Read more »
Suffering seems to be a fact of life. How do we face it? Clearly it is a stranger to none of us. Perhaps we’ve not experienced the corrosive pain of illness, persecution, starvation, or violence. We may not have lived with the deterioration and loss of a loved one. Few of us have seen the… Read more »
There is another way of being in the universe. The Chinese call it The Heart Mind, or as we may call it The Intuitive Mind. Rather than knowing through dualistic means or thinking about it, one subjectively merges with it, becomes one with it. It is like the difference between wisdom and knowledge.
The nature of aging is change. We are fascinated by watching that which changes. When change starts to happen to who we think we are, the fascination turns into fear. We are living in a system that is out of balance; the zeal for independence and individuality has left us alienated from the structures of family,… Read more »
What we offer each other is our truth, which includes all of our stuff. We have to allow ourselves to be human. The way to the truth is through acknowledging the fullness of where we find ourselves to be, which is through our humanity and our divinity.
One cultivates spaciousness or awareness which allows you to acknowledge the emotions and see them as part of the human condition. Emotions are like subtle thought forms and they all arise in response to something outside yourself. They are all reactions. You cultivate a quietness in yourself that watches these emotions rising and falling and… Read more »
Media can destroy the message in the way it delivers it, similarly, as long as I have a price I am transmitting fear, because I have something to lose. The minute I have no price, I can transmit perfect joy of presence and freedom.
The world is a reflection of our internal state; if we dwell on turmoil, anger and confusion then that is how the world will be perceived to an individual. You have to work on yourself first before you can effectively take any social or political action. A quiet mind and and an open heart are… Read more »
Raghu reveals an interesting confession about an LSD experience he had involving the death of his ego and the birth of a very specific concern. Ram Dass discusses the art of dying and suffering. Suffering only happens to a somebody, if you are not attached to your somebodyness you do not suffer because there is… Read more »
The clinging of mind is the cause of suffering. Suffering gives you clues to the ways you are clinging, and we make the nature of things our enemy. If you are going to be available for someone elses suffering you have to be able to acknowledge your own suffering.
A guru is somebody who is a pure mirror, so pure that when you meet that being you immediately see where you are caught. Ram Dass talks about the mirror of the guru, mentioning: I know more than I understand, and I am intellectually ahead of where I am intuitively. He ends the lecture with… Read more »
Ram Dass teaches us the mantra: Aditya rdiyam punyam sari shatru bena shenam, meaning: All evil vanishes from life for him who keeps the sun in his heart. When you understand that thought comes from the space of the thoughtless your singing and dancing (work, career, family, relationships) are no other than the voice of… Read more »
How may I serve you in the journey we are all on to come to the light? That is the only possibility we have as humans. As Hanuman said in the Ramayana: When the cloud of duality covers me I serve Ram. When the cloud is lifted, I am Ram.
Artwork by Martin B The fact is, I can’t take away people’s death and suffering when I’m working with their death and suffering. But I can be a presence where they can shift their consciousness in a way so they don’t experience their death and suffering the same way. But I can’t take away all… Read more »