Reevaluate Your Life Goals With These 25 Inspiring Ram Dass Quotes

By Mayukh Saha / Truth Theory

You may be someone who knows about Ram Dass. If you are not aware of him, then a simple Google search will show you how amazing this spiritual guru is. He was born as Richard Alpert and worked along with the famous Timothy Leary to research on psychedelic drugs. One day, he traveled to India and associated with the famous spiritual guru, Neem Karoli Baba. As a disciple, his life changed completely. He assumed the name Ram Dass or ‘The Servant of God’. He traveled extensively and raised fundraisers for several charities.  Back in 1997, a stroke left him with paralysis and expressive aphasia. He also left traveling to India for health reasons. However, he called the stroke as a divine event. He continues with his amazing podcasts and kept writing his eye-opening books. He remained an active spiritual teacher and spread his teachings through his website. He is known for his book, ‘Be Here Now‘ published in 1971.

Read: 30 Deep Philosophical Quotes from Alan Watts That Will Help You Make Sense of Your Life

Unfortunately, Ram Dass passed away this December 2019. However, his magnificent quotes (and free audio teachings) are with us to guide us towards our dreams:

1. “We’re fascinated by the words, but where we meet is in the silence behind them.”

2. “It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed.”

3. “The spiritual journey is individual, highly personal. It can’t be organized or regulated. It isn’t true that everyone should follow one path. Listen to your own truth.”

4. “The quieter you become, the more you can hear.”

5. “I’m not interested in being a ‘lover.’ I’m interested in only being love.”

6. “If you think you’re free, there’s no escape possible.”

7. “Suffering is part of our training program for becoming wise.”

8. “It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed.”

9. “When I look at my life, I see that I wanted to be free of the physical plane, the psychological plane, and when I got free of those I didn’t want to go anywhere near them.”

10. “The most important aspect of love is not in giving or the receiving: it’s in the being. When I need love from others, or need to give love to others, I’m 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 me.”

11. “We’re fascinated by the words–but where we meet is in the silence behind them.”

12. “As we grow in our consciousness, there will be more compassion and more love, and then the barriers between people, between religions, between nations will begin to fall. Yes, we have to beat down the separateness.”

13. “Your problem is you are too busy holding on to your unworthiness.”

14. “What you meet in another being is the projection of your own level of evolution.”

15. “I would like my life to be a statement of love and compassion–and where it isn’t, that’s where my work lies.”

16. “Before the stroke, I was on a very spiritual plane. I ignored my body, took it for granted. When I look at my life, I see that I wanted to be free of the physical plane, the psychological plane, and when I got free of those, I didn’t want to go anywhere near them. But the stroke reminded me that I had a body and a brain, that I had to honor them.”

17. “As long as you have certain desires about how it ought to be you can’t see how it is.”

18. “Let’s trade in all our judging for appreciating. Let’s lay down our righteousness and just be together.”

19. “The next message you need is always right where you are.”

20. “Ask yourself: Where am I? Answer: Here. Ask yourself: What time is it? Answer Now. Say it until you can hear it.”

21. “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.”

22. “The universe is an example of love. Like a tree. Like the ocean. Like my body. Like my wheelchair. I see the love.”

23. “In working with those who are dying, I offer another human being a spacious environment with my mind in which they can die as they need to die. I have no right to define how another person should die. I’m just there to help them transition, however they need to do it.”

24. “Learn to watch your drama unfold while at the same time knowing you are more than your drama.”

25. “We’re all just walking each other home.”

Here are some of his works:

Even though he may have passed on, his legacy will live on within all of us.

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