LSRF Code of Ethics

Love Serve Remember Foundation is dedicated to preserving and continuing the teachings of Neem Karoli Baba (Maharaji) and Ram Dass. The foundation carries on these teachings through online courses, blog content, films, podcasts, social network channels, and collaborative projects with artists and musicians.

Our Ethics Are Grounded in Maharaji’s Teachings:

Love Everyone, Serve Everyone, Tell the Truth, and Remember the Divine Unity of All Creation.  As Ram Dass taught, ethics emanate from the wisdom and compassion we develop by working on ourselves.


Love Everyone:  We aspire to —

  • respect the inherent dignity and value of each individual (or, as Maharaji said, see God in everyone).
  • avoid pre-judgment and acting from hidden biases.
  • act fairly, with kindness and compassion.
  • embrace diverse perspectives and backgrounds that enrich our knowledge and broaden our community.
  • see each other as fellow souls on the journey through life, as human and vulnerable as we ourselves are.

Serve Everyone: We aspire to—

  • relieve suffering through open-hearted and wise action.
  • act with integrity, to be consistently equitable, trustworthy, and respectful.
  • offer teachings and programs that have value for diverse groups.
  • not misuse a professional position or the resources of LSR.
  • refrain from inappropriate relations.
  • avoid conflict of interest.
  • reach the highest potential of those who serve and those who are served.

Tell the Truth: We commit to communication that is—

  • truthful
  • timely
  • necessary
  • beneficial
  • friendly, warm, gentle
  • respectful of necessary confidentiality and transparent when appropriate
  • and we agree to hold in confidence what is explicitly told to us in confidence.

Teachers Code of Ethics

LSR is committed to creating a safe and respectful place for all who attend our events.  We value the cultivation of our vibrant and connected satsang as an extended family of the heart. We are committed to holding our leaders and teachers accountable to the ethics appropriate to their roles.

All teachers at LSR programs and retreats agree to the following:

  • We will strive to eliminate barriers that prevent or hinder access to the practices and teachings, including barriers related to gender, age, past experience, physical ability, and socioeconomic, racial, and cultural issues.
  • We will not abuse or misuse intoxicants at any time. 
  • We will not abuse the power granted by our role within a retreat setting, by our professional position at LSR, or by our wider cultural status. Instead, we will utilize our increased influence to prevent harm, empower others, and serve them in their practice of awakening to their own inherent wisdom. We will also not enable misconduct, but rather work together to nurture a safe, healthy culture of respect and care.
  • While at LSR retreats, we are entrusted as representatives of our respective traditions and disciplines. We are responsible for holding this awareness and for maintaining appropriate boundaries to protect participants. We will not exploit or otherwise misuse our status to pursue sexual relationships with participants.

We will avoid creating harm through sexuality and sexual exploitation, including–

  • Non-consensual sexual touching: a broad term that refers to any deliberate non-consensual touching of a person’s body, which conduct can range from unwanted touching such as fondling, up to and including non-consensual sex.
  • Use of sexually suggestive language or explicit statements, whether through speech or written form, that create an unsafe environment.

Ethics Committee and Process:

To sustain these values and ethical principles, the Board of Directors of LSR hereby establishes an Ethics Committee.

This Committee is a standing committee of the board. Members shall be selected by the board from the board, staff, and community for their acknowledged maturity and ethical wisdom.

The Ethics Committee will:

  • Keep watch over the work of LSR to make sure it follows our values and ethical guidelines.
  • Be available to review, consult and recommend to the board and director necessary interventions for any ethical questions brought by board, staff, faculty, and others who work with and for LSR as well as program participants.

Who Can Call on the Ethics Committee:

  • Any member of the board, faculty and others who work with and for LSR and any concerned community members can bring ethical concerns and questions about LSR  to the Ethics Committee. Staff with ethics concerns will first follow all HR protocols, and only after that consult with the Ethics Committee, should it be necessary.
  • The Ethics Committee is free to work in confidence, and to speak with any and all members of the LSR community in its work. The Ethics Committee shall have the power to recommend to the board any action it believes necessary to safeguard the wellbeing and values of the organization and community.

To ask a question or report an issue or concern to the Ethics Committee, please send an email to info@ramdass.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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