40 Ram Dass Quotes On Love, Death & More
Timothy Leary with Ram Dass” by “ Robert C. Demarest“, licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0
Popularly known as Ram Dass, Richard Alpert was an American spiritual leader, author, psychologist, and teacher. His journey of becoming ‘Ram Dass’ from Richard Alpert is quite interesting. In the 1960s, during his travel to India, his search for spirituality led him to Hindu guru ‘Neem Karoli Baba’. He served as his disciple and transformed into a Hindu guru. Neem Karoli Baba renamed him ‘Ram Dass’, which means ‘Servant of Ram’.
He is also known for his association with Dr Timothy Leary at Harvard University. They both researched & studied the effects of psychedelics in the 1970s. He also started many charitable organizations like Seva Foundation and Hanuman Foundation.
He used to
travel all-round the globe, preaching to people and raising funds for charity. He wrote ‘Be Here Now’ based on spiritual teachings and yoga. Through this book, he wanted to spread the idea of spirituality in the west. This book is a best-seller worldwide, with more than two million copies sold.
He took his last breath in 2019, but his teachings will remain forever with us. Here are some Ram Dass quotes that are sure to get stuck in your mind. With these quotes, you will definitely have a better insight and understanding of life.
Ram Dass Quotes On Love
Ram Dass believed in unconditional
love. He preached love and kindness throughout his life. Here are some Ram Dass quotes about love.
“Unconditional love really exists in each of us. It is part of our deep inner being.” RAM DASS SOURCE: BE LOVE NOW: THE PATH OF THE HEART
“I’m not interested in being a ‘lover.’ I’m interested in only being love.” RAM DASS
“I hang out with my guru in my heart. And I love everything in the universe. That’s all I do all day.” RAM DASS
“Being in love means seeing the Beloved all around me.” RAM DASS
“It’s not ‘I love you’ for this or that reason, not ‘I love you if you love me.’ It’s love for no reason, love without an object.” RAM DASS
“When I need love from others, or need to give love to others, I’m caught in an unstable situation.” RAM DASS
“Being in love, rather than giving or taking love, is the only thing that provides stability.” RAM DASS
“The most important aspect of love is not in giving or the receiving: it’s in the being.” RAM DASS
“You just love until you and the beloved become one.” RAM DASS
“The universe is an example of love. Like a tree. Like the ocean. Like my body. Like my wheelchair. I see the love.” RAM DASS
“You are loved just for being who you are, just for existing. You don’t have to do anything to earn it.”
“Your shortcomings, your lack of self-esteem, physical perfection, or social and economic success – none of that matters. No one can take this love away from you, and it will always be here.” RAM DASS
“As you dissolve into love, your ego fades. You’re not thinking about loving: you’re just being love, radiating like the sun.” RAM DASS
Ram Dass Quotes On Death
Ram Dass preached the idea of accepting oneself. He believed in the idea that one should not fear death. Here are some Ram Dass quotes on death.
“What the word God means is the mystery really. It’s the mystery that we face as humans the mystery of existence, of suffering and of death.” RAM DASS
“Death is our greatest challenge as well as our greatest spiritual opportunity.” RAM DASS
“Death has such great importance in this society that it affects everything.” RAM DASS
“Death is perfectly safe, I like to say.”
“The ego is frightened by death, because ego is a part of the incarnation and ends with it.” RAM DASS
“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.” RAM DASS
“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.” RAM DASS
“Working with the dying is like being a midwife for this great rite of passage of death. Just as a midwife helps a being take their first breath, you help a being take their last breath.” RAM DASS
“The stroke has given me another way to serve people. It lets me feel more deeply the pain of others; to help them know by example that ultimately, whatever happens, no harm can come.” RAM DASS
“If you think you’re free, there’s no escape possible.”
Be Here Now Ram Dass Quotes
‘Be Here Now’ was published in 1971. It talks about the principles of yoga, meditation and spirituality. Here are some Ram Dass quotes from his book.
“Don’t think about the past. Just be here now.” RAM DASS SOURCE: BE HERE NOW
“I can do nothing for you but work on myself, you can do nothing for me but work on yourself!” RAM DASS
“It’s only when caterpillarness is done that one becomes a butterfly. That again is part of this paradox. You cannot rip away caterpillarness. The whole trip occurs in an unfolding process of which we have no control.” RAM DASS
“Just because you are seeing divine light, experiencing waves of bliss, or conversing with Gods and Goddesses is no reason to not know your zip code.” RAM DASS
“Early in the journey you wonder how long the journey will take and whether you will make it in this lifetime. Later you will see that where you are going is HERE and you will arrive NOW…so you stop asking.” RAM DASS
“Emotions are like waves. Watch them disappear in the distance on the vast calm ocean.”
“You may protest if you can love the person you are protesting against as much as you love yourself.” RAM DASS
“The cosmic humor is that if you desire to move mountains and you continue to purify yourself, ultimately you will arrive at the place where you are able to move mountains.” RAM DASS
“Cosmic humor, especially about your own predicament, is an important part of your journey.” RAM DASS
“To him who has had the experience no explanation is necessary, to him who has not, none is possible.” RAM DASS
“This love is actually part of you; it is always flowing through you. It’s like the subatomic texture of the universe, the dark matter that connects everything. When you tune in to that flow, you will feel it in your own heart—not your physical heart or your emotional heart, but your spiritual heart, the place you point to in your chest when you say, “I am.” RAM DASS
“When your center is firm, when your faith is strong and unwavering, then it will not matter what company you keep.”
“I think the message is that you don’t need to go to anywhere else to find what you are seeking.” RAM DASS
“And suddenly I realized that he knew everything that was going on in my head, all the time, and that he still loved me. Because who we are is behind all that.” RAM DASS
“This getting straight not only applies to people but to things as well, such as favorite music, disliked foods, special treats, avoided places, all your toys, etc. Everything must be rerun through your compassion machine.” RAM DASS
“The human mind is like that monkey, incessantly active by its own nature, then it becomes drunk with the wine of desire, thus increasing its turbulence. After desire takes possession comes the sting of the scorpion of jealousy at the success of others, and last of all the demon of pride enters the mind, making it think itself of all importance.” RAM DASS
We hope these Ram Dass quotes helped you in some way. These are sure to inculcate a feeling of positivity within. Share these with your loved ones to spread the idea of love & compassion all around.
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