A commemoration of Baba Ram Dass and his beautiful legacy

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Baba Ram Dass, an American spiritual teacher, has recently passed away.

Born Richard Alpert , Baba Ram Dass was an American spiritual teacher, academic clinical psychologist and author of many books , such as the well-known 1971 Be Here Now .

Ram Dass is often referred to as a psychedelic pioneer , having worked closely withTimothy O’Leary on the effects of various psychedelic substances at Harvard in the 1960s , until they were both fired in 1963.

After experiencing some sort of relief, Dass traveled to India. There he met his gurus, Bhagavan Das and Neem Karoli Baba. Eventually, Dass himself became a guru and spiritual mentor to many Americans. He brought some of the philosophical teachings of the East to America and undoubtedly played a huge part in the hippie movement that captivated the nation in the 1960s and 1970s.

Be Here Now

That is the title of Ram Dass’ most famous book. In this book, he shares his wonderful spiritual view of this thing we call life, from his own experiences. You can think of this book as a guide to an awakening, and it really does a good articulation of what it really means to be here now, to be here now, and how we don’t really have anything but this moment. With beautiful words accompanied by many different images, this book can give you a deep insight into the inner workings of your own psyche and spiritual quest, and at the very least reminds us of the most important thing: love is above all else.

Ram Dass was loved by many and he leaves behind a legacy and many gifts, including his books, teachings, a podcast and many wonderful insights. Below is a list of some of his wonderful words from various books and speeches:

20 Beautiful Quotes From Baba Ram Dass

“WE ALL JUST WALK HOME TOGETHER.”

“THE QUIETER YOU GET, THE MORE YOU CAN HEAR.”

“WE ARE FASCINATED BY WORDS, BUT WE MEET IN THE SILENCE BEHIND THE WORDS.”

“HOPE IS NOT FAITH. HOPE IS WHAT IS LEFT BEHIND WHEN ALL YOUR FAITHS HAVE BEEN BEATEN TO DEATH. HOPE IS IN YOUR HEART, WHILE FAITH IS IN YOUR HEAD. EXPERIENCES, INCLUDING SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCES, COME AND GO. AS LONG AS YOU BASE YOUR HOPE ON EXPERIENCE, YOUR FAITH WILL FLICKER CONSTANTLY, BECAUSE YOUR EXPERIENCES KEEP CHANGING.”

“THE HEART SURRENDERS EVERYTHING TO THE MOMENT. THE MIND JUDGES AND HOLDS US BACK.”

“THE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECT OF LOVE IS NOT IN GIVING OR RECEIVING: IT IS IN BEING. IF I NEED LOVE FROM OTHERS, OR NEED TO GIVE LOVE TO OTHERS, I AM STUCK IN AN UNSTABLE SITUATION. ONLY WHEN I AM LOVING, INSTEAD OF TAKING OR GIVING, IT GIVES ME STABILITY. TO BE LOVING MEANS TO SEE THE BELOVED ALL AROUND ME.”

“ONLY WHEN YOU START TO UNDERSTAND THAT YOU AND I ARE REALLY LOVING, WHEN I GO TO THAT PLACE IN MYSELF THAT IS LOVE AND YOU GO TO THE PLACE IN YOU THAT IS LOVE, THEN WE ARE ‘TOGETHER’ LOVE. THEN WE BEGIN TO UNDERSTAND THAT LOVE MEANS THAT WE SHARE THE SAME EXPERIENCE TOGETHER. THAT EXPERIENCE EXISTS IN YOU AND IN ME.”

“EVERYTHING CHANGES ONCE WE SEE OURSELVES AS THE WITNESS OF THE STORY, RATHER THAN THE MAIN CHARACTER.”

“THE SPIRITUAL JOURNEY IS INDIVIDUAL AND VERY PERSONAL. YOU CANNOT ORGANIZE OR CONTROL IT. IT IS NOT TRUE THAT EVERYONE SHOULD FOLLOW THE SAME PATH. LISTEN TO YOUR OWN TRUTH.”

“WE ARE HERE TO AWAKEN THE ILLUSION OF SEPARATION.”

“I CAN DO NOTHING FOR YOU BUT WORK ON MYSELF… YOU CAN DO NOTHING FOR ME BUT WORK ON YOURSELF!”

“DEATH IS SO IMPORTANT IN THIS SOCIETY THAT IT AFFECTS EVERYTHING. I LEARNED FROM MY GURU THAT DEATH IS NOT AN ENEMY. I SEE IT AS ANOTHER MOMENT. AND YET IT IS THE END OF ONE INCARNATION AND SIGNIFIES THE TRANSITION TO OTHER INCARNATIONS.”

“WHEN WE SEE THE BELOVED IN EVERY PERSON, IT IS LIKE WALKING THROUGH A GARDEN AND SEEING ALL THE FLOWERS BLOOMING AROUND US.”

“EVERYTHING IN YOUR LIFE EXISTS AS A VEHICLE FOR YOUR TRANSFORMATION. USE IT!”

“THE QUESTION WE NEED TO ASK OURSELVES IS IF THERE IS A PLACE WITHIN OURSELVES WHERE WE CAN STAND AND LOOK OUT AT EVERYTHING THAT IS GOING ON AROUND US, BUT WITHOUT PANICKING; WHERE WE CAN BE QUIET ENOUGH TO HEAR OUR SITUATION; AND WHERE WE CAN START TO FIND WAYS OF ACTING THAT IN ANY CASE DO NOT LEAD TO MORE STABILIZATION.”

“REMEMBER THAT WE ARE ALL IMPACTING THE WORLD AT EVERY MOMENT, WHETHER WE LIKE IT OR NOT. OUR ACTIONS AND STATE OF MIND MATTER BECAUSE WE ARE SO DEEPLY CONNECTED. WORKING ON YOUR OWN CONSCIOUSNESS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING WE CAN DO AT ANY TIME, AND BEING LOVING IS THE HIGHEST CREATIVE ACT.”

“WHEN AN INDIVIDUAL CHANGES, THE SYSTEM CHANGES.”

“IF YOU GO INTO THE FOREST AND LOOK AT THE TREES, YOU SEE ALL KINDS OF DIFFERENT TREES. SOME ARE CURVED, SOME ARE STRAIGHT, AND SOME ARE GREEN ALL YEAR ROUND, AND SOME ARE WHATEVER. AND YOU LOOK AT THE TREE AND ALLOW IT. YOU SEE WHY IT IS THE WAY IT IS. YOU KIND OF UNDERSTAND THAT IT DIDN’T GET ENOUGH LIGHT, AND THAT’S WHY IT TURNED OUT THAT WAY. AND YOU DON’T GET EMOTIONAL ABOUT IT. YOU JUST ALLOW IT. YOU APPRECIATE THE TREE.”

“AS SOON AS YOU GET AROUND PEOPLE, YOU LOSE ALL THAT AND YOU’RE CONSTANTLY SAYING ‘YOU’RE TOO THIS’ OR ‘I’M TOO THAT’. THAT JUDGMENTAL SPIRIT IS EMERGING. AND SO I PRACTICE TURNING PEOPLE INTO TREES. WHICH MEANS I APPRECIATE THEM AS THEY ARE.”

“COSMIC HUMOR, ESPECIALLY ABOUT YOUR OWN SITUATION, IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF YOUR JOURNEY.”

“If someone tries to make you angry, the only reason you get angry is because you’re adhering to how you think something should be. You deny how things really are. Then you see that it is the expectation of your own mind that creates your personal hell. If you get frustrated because something isn’t the way you thought it would be, look at the way you thought, not just the thing that frustrates you so much. You will see that much of your emotional lead comes from your models of how you think the universe should be and your inability to let it be the way it is.”

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