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Thursday, October 21, 2021

Ram Dass and acceptance

Ram Dass (1931-2019) was an American spiritual teacher best known for his book Be Here Now (1971). Wikipedia says,


"Dass was personally and professionally associated with Timothy Leary at Harvard University in the early 1960's... In 1967, [Richard Alpert] traveled to India and became a disciple of Hindu guru Neem Karoli Baba who gave him the name Ram Dass, meaning 'Servant of Ram'." (Wikipedia: Ram Dass, 8.15.23 UTC 15:39)


The rest of this post is some quotes from Dass.




"The judging mind is very divisive. It separates. Separation closes your heart. If you close your heart to someone, you are perpetuating your suffering and theirs." (


"Compassion lets us appreciate that each individual is doing what he or she must do, and that there is no reason to judge another person or oneself." (


"Behind everyone's learned behaviors and odd eccentricities lurks a soul, ready to make contact if only coaxed out through a crack in the ego." (


"If you want to be free, you can't push away anything. You have to embrace it all. It's all God." (




"Souls love. That's what souls do. Egos don't but souls do. Become a soul, look around, and you'll be amazed - all beings around you are souls." (Be Here Now, 1971)


"Gratitude opens your heart, and opening your heart is a wonderful and easy way for God to slip in." (


"I would like my life to be a statement of love and compassion - and where it isn't, that's where my work lies." (Quoted in One-Lines: A Mini-Manual for a Spiritual Life)




"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 stop asking." (Be Here Now, 1971)


"Many of us are caught in separateness and we look for love out there, out there. But then as we proceed inside there will be the love." (Interview with Marianne Schnall, 2013)


"The way you come to fully appreciate the infusion of the spirit is to more and more come fully into the moment, where this moment is enough." (




"When you are completely identified with your thinking mind you are totally separate from everything else in the universe." (


"We're sitting under the tree of our thinking minds, wondering why we're not getting any sunshine!" (


"The intellect is a beautiful servant but a terrible master. Intellect is the power tool of our separateness. The intuitive, compassionate heart is the doorway to our unity." (