40 Inspirational Ram Dass Quotes On Success

40 Inspirational Ram Dass Quotes On Success

Ram Dass (born Richard Alpert) is an American spiritual teacher, former academic and clinical psychologist, and the author of the seminal 1971 book Be Here Now. He is known for his personal and professional associations with Timothy Leary at Harvard University in the early 1960s for his travels to India and his relationship with the Hindu guru Neem Karoli Baba, and for founding the charitable organizations Seva Foundation and Hanuman Foundation. In February 1997, Ram Dass had a stroke that left him with expressive aphasia, which he interprets as an act of grace. He stated, the stroke was giving me lessons, and I realized that was grace — fierce grace. Death is the biggest change we’ll face, so we need to practice change. He continues to teach via his website. May his quotes inspire you to take action so that you may live your dreams.

1. “Our rational minds can never understand what has happened, but our hearts, if we can keep them open to God, will find their own intuitive way.” Ram Dass

2. “Wherever you are, be all there.” Ram Dass

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.” Ram Dass

4. “Start from where you are – not where you wish you were. The work you’re doing becomes your path.” Ram Dass

5. “Unconditional love really exists in each of us. It is part of our deep inner being. It is not so much an active emotion as a state of being. 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

6. “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.” Ram Dass

7. “As you quiet your mind, you begin to see the nature of your own resistance more clearly, struggles, inner dialogues, the way in which you procrastinate and develop passive resistance against life. As you cultivate the witness, things change. You don’t have to change them. Things just change.” Ram Dass

8. “Suffering is the sandpaper of our incarnation. It does its work of shaping us.” Ram Dass

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

10. “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

11. “Compassion refers to the arising in the heart of the desire to relieve the suffering of all beings.” Ram Dass

12. “When you know how to listen everybody is the guru.” Ram Dass

13. “Everything in your life is there as a vehicle for your transformation. Use it!” Ram Dass

14. “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.” Ram Dass

15. “Be patient. You’ll know when it’s time for you to wake up and move ahead.” Ram Dass

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

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

18. “It isn’t true that everyone should follow one path. Listen to your own truth.” Ram Dass

19. “Don’t compare your path with anybody else’s. Your path is unique to you.” Ram Dass

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

21. “Everyone should smile. Life really isn’t that serious. We make it hard. The sun rises. The sun sets. We just tend to complicate the process.” Ram Dass

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

23. “Together we are all on a journey called life. We are a little broken and a little shattered inside. Each one of us is aspiring to make it to the end. None is deprived of pain here and we have all suffered in our own ways. I think our journey is all about healing ourselves and healing each other in our own special ways. Let’s just help each other put all those pieces back together and make it to the end more beautifully. Let us help each other survive.” Ram Dass

24. “Each of us finds his unique vehicle for sharing with others his bit of wisdom.” Ram Dass

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

26. “We’re here to awaken from the illusion of separateness.” Ram Dass

27. “The greatest thing you can do for another being is to provide the unconditional love that comes from making contact with that place in them that is beyond conditions, which is just pure consciousness, pure essence. That is, once we acknowledge each other as existing, just being, then each of us is free to change optimally. If I can just love you because here we are, then you are free to grow as you need to grow.” Ram Dass

28. “When you are causing suffering to others, you are causing suffering to yourself.” Ram Dass

29. “Everything changes once we identify with being the witness to the story, instead of the actor in it.” Ram Dass

30. “The most exquisite paradox – as soon as you give it all up, you can have it all. As long as you want power, you can’t have it. The minute you don’t want power, you’ll have more than you ever dreamed possible.” Ram Dass

31. “Suffering is part of our training program for becoming wise.” Ram Dass

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

33. “Your problem is you are too busy holding on to your unworthiness.” Ram Dass

34. “A being whose awareness is totally free, who does not cling to anything is liberated.” Ram Dass

35. “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

36. “We’re all just walking each other home.” Ram Dass

37. “The next message you need is always right where you are.” Ram Dass

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

39. “The universe is made up of experiences that are designed to burn out your attachment, your clinging, to pleasure, to pain, to fear, to all of it. And as long as there is a place where you’re vulnerable, the universe will find a way to confront you with it.” Ram Dass

40. “Our whole spiritual transformation brings us to the point where we realize that in our own being. We are enough.” Ram Dass

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