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Quote: Our thinking minds deprive us of the happiness that comes when we are living fully in the moment. by author Ram Dass overlaid on photo of photo of author Ram Dass with quote

Our thinking minds deprive us of the happiness that comes when we are living fully in the moment.


Quote: The sooner one develops compassion in this journey, the better. 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. You merely do what you can to further your own awakening. by author Ram Dass overlaid on photo of Ram Dass quote; white text on black background

The sooner one develops compassion in this journey, the better. 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. You merely do what you can to further your own awakening.


Quote: Our whole spiritual transformation brings us to the point where we realize that in our own being, we are enough. by author Ram Dass overlaid on photo of photo of author Ram Dass with quote

Our whole spiritual transformation brings us to the point where we realize that in our own being, we are enough.


Quote: If I'm going to die, the best way to prepare is to quiet my mind and open my heart. If I'm going to live, the best way to prepare for it is to quiet my mind and open my heart. by author Ram Dass overlaid on photo of photo of author Ram Dass with quote

If I'm going to die, the best way to prepare is to quiet my mind and open my heart. If I'm going to live, the best way to prepare for it is to quiet my mind and open my heart.


Quote: Compassion refers to the arising in the heart of the desire to relieve the suffering of all beings. by author Ram Dass overlaid on photo of photo of author Ram Dass with quote

Compassion refers to the arising in the heart of the desire to relieve the suffering of all beings.


Quote: This is the pathless path. Where the journey leads is to the deepest truth in you. It is really just returning to where you were initially before you got lost. by author Ram Dass overlaid on photo of photo of author Ram Dass with quote

This is the pathless path. Where the journey leads is to the deepest truth in you. It is really just returning to where you were initially before you got lost.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

This is the pathless path - returning to where you were initially before you got lost. The deepest truth in you is where the journey leads - shedding, like taking off layers of an onion, until you come to your essence. The key to the spiritual journey is not acquiring something outside of yourself. Rather it is shedding the veils to come back to the deepest truth of your being.


Quote: I see my life as an unfolding set of opportunities to awaken. by author Ram Dass overlaid on photo of photo of author Ram Dass with quote

I see my life as an unfolding set of opportunities to awaken.


Quote: Don't take yourself so personally. by author Ram Dass overlaid on photo of photo of author Ram Dass with quote

Don't take yourself so personally.


Quote: Now is now. Are you going to be here or not? by author Ram Dass overlaid on photo of photo of author Ram Dass with quote

Now is now. Are you going to be here or not?


Quote: Within the spiritual journey you understand that suffering becomes something that has been given to you to show you where your mind is still stuck. It's a vehicle to help you go to work. That's why it's called grace. by author Ram Dass overlaid on photo of photo of author Ram Dass with quote

Within the spiritual journey you understand that suffering becomes something that has been given to you to show you where your mind is still stuck. It's a vehicle to help you go to work. That's why it's called grace.


Quote: Emotions are like waves. Watch them disappear in the distance on the vast calm ocean. by author Ram Dass overlaid on photo of photo of author Ram Dass with quote

Emotions are like waves. Watch them disappear in the distance on the vast calm ocean.


Quote: The dark night of the soul is when you have lost the flavor of life but have not yet gained the fullness of divinity. So it is that we must weather that dark time, the period of transformation when what is familiar has been taken away and the new richness is not yet ours. by author Ram Dass overlaid on photo of Ram Dass quote; white text on black background

The dark night of the soul is when you have lost the flavor of life but have not yet gained the fullness of divinity. So it is that we must weather that dark time, the period of transformation when what is familiar has been taken away and the new richness is not yet ours.


Quote: I would like my life to be a statement of love and compassion -- and where it isn't, that's where my work lies. by author Ram Dass overlaid on photo of photo of author Ram Dass with quote

I would like my life to be a statement of love and compassion -- and where it isn't, that's where my work lies.


Quote: Don't compare your path with anybody else's. Your path is unique to you. by author Ram Dass overlaid on photo of photo of author Ram Dass with quote

Don't compare your path with anybody else's. Your path is unique to you.


Quote: Suffering only shows where you are attached. That is why, to those on the path, suffering is grace. by author Ram Dass overlaid on photo of photo of author Ram Dass with quote

Suffering only shows where you are attached. That is why, to those on the path, suffering is grace.


Quote: Be here now. by author Ram Dass overlaid on photo of photo of author Ram Dass with quote

Be here now.




Quote: If I see one dilemma with Western man, it's that he can't accept how beautiful he is. He can't accept that he is pure light, that he's pure love, that he's pure consciousness, that he's divine. by author Ram Dass overlaid on photo of photo of author Ram Dass with quote

If I see one dilemma with Western man, it's that he can't accept how beautiful he is. He can't accept that he is pure light, that he's pure love, that he's pure consciousness, that he's divine.


Quote: Counseling has to do with intuition, with work on oneself, with the quietness of one's mind and the openness of one's heart. by author Ram Dass overlaid on photo of photo of author Ram Dass with quote

Counseling has to do with intuition, with work on oneself, with the quietness of one's mind and the openness of one's heart.


Quote: If you feel a sense of social responsibility, first of all keep working on yourself. Being peaceful yourself is the first step if you want to live in a peaceful universe. by author Ram Dass overlaid on photo of photo of author Ram Dass with quote

If you feel a sense of social responsibility, first of all keep working on yourself. Being peaceful yourself is the first step if you want to live in a peaceful universe.


Quote: Do what you can on this plane to relieve suffering by constantly working on yourself to be an instrument for the cessation of suffering. To me, that's what the emerging game is all about. by author Ram Dass overlaid on photo of photo of author Ram Dass with quote

Do what you can on this plane to relieve suffering by constantly working on yourself to be an instrument for the cessation of suffering. To me, that's what the emerging game is all about.


Quote: As you dissolve into love, your ego fades. You're not thinking about loving; you're just being love, radiating like the sun. by author Ram Dass overlaid on photo of photo of author Ram Dass with quote

As you dissolve into love, your ego fades. You're not thinking about loving; you're just being love, radiating like the sun.


Quote: We're sitting under the tree of our thinking minds, wondering why we're not getting any sunshine! by author Ram Dass overlaid on photo of photo of author Ram Dass with quote

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


Quote: A Oneness of all. An evolution in consciousness of us all that isn't about the egos. by author Ram Dass overlaid on photo of photo of author Ram Dass with quote

A Oneness of all. An evolution in consciousness of us all that isn't about the egos.


Quote: It's very different because the Indians live as if they are their souls and Americans live as if they are their egos. by author Ram Dass overlaid on photo of photo of author Ram Dass with quote

It's very different because the Indians live as if they are their souls and Americans live as if they are their egos.


Quote: You can't build joy on a feeling of self-loathing. by author Ram Dass overlaid on photo of photo of author Ram Dass with quote

You can't build joy on a feeling of self-loathing.


Quote: Working on our own consciousness is the most important thing that we are doing at any moment, and being love is a supreme creative act. by author Ram Dass overlaid on photo of photo of author Ram Dass with quote

Working on our own consciousness is the most important thing that we are doing at any moment, and being love is a supreme creative act.


Quote: My work as a human being is to quiet my mind, open my heart and do what I can to relieve the suffering with as much wisdom, skill, whatever I got. by author Ram Dass overlaid on photo of photo of author Ram Dass with quote

My work as a human being is to quiet my mind, open my heart and do what I can to relieve the suffering with as much wisdom, skill, whatever I got.


Quote: External silence can be the doorway to inner silence. by author Ram Dass overlaid on photo of photo of author Ram Dass with quote

External silence can be the doorway to inner silence.


Quote: Our interactions with one another reflect a dance between love and fear. by author Ram Dass overlaid on photo of photo of author Ram Dass with quote

Our interactions with one another reflect a dance between love and fear.


Quote: I am not this body. I am in this body, and this is part of my incarnation and I honor it but that isn't who I am. by author Ram Dass overlaid on photo of photo of author Ram Dass with quote

I am not this body. I am in this body, and this is part of my incarnation and I honor it but that isn't who I am.


Quote: 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. by author Ram Dass overlaid on photo of photo of author Ram Dass with quote

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.


Quote: Prolong not the past. Invite not the future. Do not alter your innate wakefulness. Fear not appearances. There is nothing more than this. by author Ram Dass overlaid on photo of photo of author Ram Dass with quote

Prolong not the past. Invite not the future. Do not alter your innate wakefulness. Fear not appearances. There is nothing more than this.


Quote: Learn to watch your drama unfold while at the same time knowing you are more than your drama. by author Ram Dass overlaid on photo of photo of author Ram Dass with quote

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


Quote: Faith is what is left after all your beliefs have been blown to hell. by author Ram Dass overlaid on photo of photo of author Ram Dass with quote

Faith is what is left after all your beliefs have been blown to hell.


Quote: If you want to cure the world, don't emanate fear, emanate love. by author Ram Dass overlaid on photo of photo of author Ram Dass with quote

If you want to cure the world, don't emanate fear, emanate love.


Quote: My understanding of the way a child grows is that you create the garden, you don't grow the flower. You can merely fertilize the earth and keep it soft and moist, and then the flower grows as best it can. by author Ram Dass overlaid on photo of photo of author Ram Dass with quote

My understanding of the way a child grows is that you create the garden, you don't grow the flower. You can merely fertilize the earth and keep it soft and moist, and then the flower grows as best it can.


Quote: You find the light within us. You don't find it within politics, but you find it in us. The soul is composed of love, compassion, wisdom, peace, and joy. by author Ram Dass overlaid on photo of photo of author Ram Dass with quote

You find the light within us. You don't find it within politics, but you find it in us. The soul is composed of love, compassion, wisdom, peace, and joy.


Quote: Everything changes once we identify with being the witness to the story, instead of the actor in it. by author Ram Dass overlaid on photo of photo of author Ram Dass with quote

Everything changes once we identify with being the witness to the story, instead of the actor in it.


Quote: Healing does not mean going back to the way things were before, but rather allowing what is now to move us closer to God. by author Ram Dass overlaid on photo of photo of author Ram Dass with quote

Healing does not mean going back to the way things were before, but rather allowing what is now to move us closer to God.


Quote: The heart surrenders everything to the moment. The mind judges and holds back. by author Ram Dass overlaid on photo of photo of author Ram Dass with quote

The heart surrenders everything to the moment. The mind judges and holds back.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

The heart surrenders everything to the moment. The mind judges and holds back. In most of our human relationships, we spend much of our time reassuring one another that our costumes of identity are on straight. When we see the Beloved in each person, it's like walking through a garden, watching flowers bloom all around us.


Quote: Most of us are convinced that we are our egos, which is who we think we are. The ego is part of our incarnation. It dies with the body, which is why we are so afraid of death. Death scares the hell out of who you think you are, especially if you think you are this body. by author Ram Dass overlaid on photo of Ram Dass quote; white text on black background

Most of us are convinced that we are our egos, which is who we think we are. The ego is part of our incarnation. It dies with the body, which is why we are so afraid of death. Death scares the hell out of who you think you are, especially if you think you are this body.


Quote: When you begin to awaken, you see how caught you have been in the prison of your mind about certain reality… and how caught everybody else seems to be. by author Ram Dass overlaid on photo of photo of author Ram Dass with quote

When you begin to awaken, you see how caught you have been in the prison of your mind about certain reality… and how caught everybody else seems to be.


Quote: The universe is made up of experiences that are designed to burn out our reactivity, which is our attachment, our clinging, to pain, to pleasure, to fear, to all of it. by author Ram Dass overlaid on photo of photo of author Ram Dass with quote

The universe is made up of experiences that are designed to burn out our reactivity, which is our attachment, our clinging, to pain, to pleasure, to fear, to all of it.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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.


Quote: Inspiration is God making contact with itself. by author Ram Dass overlaid on photo of photo of author Ram Dass with quote

Inspiration is God making contact with itself.


Quote: I feel vulnerable because my mind -- because of the stroke, my mind doesn't focus. And then I feel vulnerable because I don't understand the world around me. by author Ram Dass overlaid on photo of photo of author Ram Dass with quote

I feel vulnerable because my mind -- because of the stroke, my mind doesn't focus. And then I feel vulnerable because I don't understand the world around me.


Quote: Each of us finds his unique vehicle for sharing with others his bit of wisdom. by author Ram Dass overlaid on photo of photo of author Ram Dass with quote

Each of us finds his unique vehicle for sharing with others his bit of wisdom.


Quote: If you think you're free, there's no escape possible. by author Ram Dass overlaid on photo of photo of author Ram Dass with quote

If you think you're free, there's no escape possible.


Quote: I hang out with my guru in my heart. And I love every thing in the universe. That's all I do all day. by author Ram Dass overlaid on photo of photo of author Ram Dass with quote

I hang out with my guru in my heart. And I love every thing in the universe. That's all I do all day.


Quote: 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. 'Death is perfectly safe,' I like to say. by author Ram Dass overlaid on photo of photo of author Ram Dass with quote

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. 'Death is perfectly safe,' I like to say.




Quote: The thinking mind is what is busy. You have to stay in your heart. You have to be in your heart. Be in your heart. The rest is up here in your head where you are doing, doing, doing. by author Ram Dass overlaid on photo of photo of author Ram Dass with quote

The thinking mind is what is busy. You have to stay in your heart. You have to be in your heart. Be in your heart. The rest is up here in your head where you are doing, doing, doing.


Quote: 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. by author Ram Dass overlaid on photo of Ram Dass quote; white text on black background

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.


Quote: You can be still and still moving. Content even in your discontent. by author Ram Dass overlaid on photo of photo of author Ram Dass with quote

You can be still and still moving. Content even in your discontent.






Quote: My guru said that when he suffers, it brings him closer to God. I have found this, too. by author Ram Dass overlaid on photo of photo of author Ram Dass with quote

My guru said that when he suffers, it brings him closer to God. I have found this, too.


Quote: 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. by author Ram Dass overlaid on photo of photo of author Ram Dass with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Ram Dass overlaid on photo of photo of author Ram Dass with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Ram Dass overlaid on photo of Ram Dass quote; white text on black background

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.


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