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A collection of quotes by Ram Dass on motivation, inspiration, wisdom, spirituality, relations, belief, faith, and God.

97 Inspiring Quotes By Ram Dass That Urge You To Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish

Famous As: Spiritual Teacher
Born On: April 6, 1931
Died On: December 22, 2019
Born In: Boston, Massachusetts
Died At Age: 88
Ram Dass (Richard Alpert) is an American author and spiritual guru, best known for his works ‘Doing Your Own Being’ and ‘Be Here Now.' The first book co-authored by Ram Dass with L. Rau and R. Sears, ‘Identification and Child Rearing,’ was published in 1962 by the Stanford University Press. In 1964, Ram Dass co-authored ‘The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead’ with Ralph Metzner and Timothy Leary. He co-wrote ‘LSD’ with Sidney Cohen that was published in 1966. He published his best-selling book ‘Be Here Now’ in 1971, ‘Doing Your Own Being’ in 1973, and ‘The Only Dance There Is’ in 1974. In 1991, his book ‘Compassion in Action: Setting Out on the Path of Service’ was published. He published ‘Still Here: Embracing Aging, Changing and Dying’ in 2000 and ‘Paths to God: Living The Bhagavad Gita’ in 2004. He is renowned for his professional and personal associations with Timothy Leary. He is also a philanthropist and is the founder of charitable organizations like ‘Hanuman Foundation’ and ‘Seva Foundation.’ Here is a collection of Ram Dass' quotations which have been excerpted from his writings, lectures, interviews, books and speeches. 

We're all just walking each other home.

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The quieter you become, the more you can hear.

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We're fascinated by the words--but where we meet is in the silence behind them.

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

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

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

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In most of our human relationships, we spend much of our time reassuring one another that our costumes of identity are on straight.

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Be here now.

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Your problem is you are too busy holding on to your unworthiness.

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As long as you have certain desires about how it ought to be you can't see how it is.

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Treat everyone you meet like God in drag.

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Suffering is part of our training program for becoming wise.

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What you meet in another being is the projection of your own level of evolution.

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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.

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Let's trade in all our judging for appreciating. Let's lay down our righteousness and just be together.

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The next message you need is always right where you are.

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Only that in you which is me can hear what I'm saying.

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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.

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

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A feeling of aversion or attachment toward something is your clue that there's work to be done.

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I'm not interested in being a "lover." I'm interested in only being love.

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Every religion is the product of the conceptual mind attempting to describe the mystery.

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The game is not about becoming somebody, it's about becoming nobody.

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

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

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It's all real and it's all illusory: that's Awareness!

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We're here to awaken from the illusion of separateness

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Information is just bits of data. Knowledge is putting them together. Wisdom is transcending them.

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

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The resistance to the unpleasant situation is the root of suffering.

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

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When we see the Beloved in each person, it's like walking through a garden, watching flowers bloom all around us.

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If you think you are enlightened; go home for Thanksgiving.

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

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Everything in your life is there as a vehicle for your transformation. Use it!

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Across planes of consciousness, we have to live with the paradox that opposite things can be simultaneously true.

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In our relationships, how much can we allow them to become new, and how much do we cling to what they used to be yesterday?

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

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I can do nothing for you but work on myself...you can do nothing for me but work on yourself!

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There's much more in any given moment than we usually perceive, and that we ourselves are much more than we usually perceive. When you know that, part of you can stand outside the drama of your life.

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Suffering is the sandpaper of our incarnation. It does its work of shaping us.

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The Ego is an exquisite instrument. Enjoy it, use it--just don't get lost in it.

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

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All spiritual practices are illusions created by illusionists to escape illusion.

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By acting compassionately, by helping to restore justice and to encourage peace, we are acknowledging that we are all part of one another.

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Spiritual practices help us move from identifying with the ego to identifying with the soul. Old age does that for you too. It spiritualizes people naturally.

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

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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.

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In mystical traditions, it is one's own readiness that makes experiences exoteric or esoteric. The secret isn't that you're not being told. The secret is that you're not able to hear.

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

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You and I are the force for transformation in the world. We are the consciousness that will define the nature of the reality we are moving into.

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A moment comes when "other" is no longer other.

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As one individual changes, the system changes.

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If you want to be surrounded by Souls, become identified with your Soul. It takes one to know one!

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We're being trained through our incarnations--trained to seek love, trained to seek light, trained to see the grace in suffering.

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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.

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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.

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When we're identified with Awareness, we're no longer living in a world of polarities. Everything is present at the same time.

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The dance goes from realizing that you're separate (which is the awakening) to then trying to find your way back into the totality of which you are not only a part, but which you are.

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When the heart is open, it's easier for the mind to be turned toward God.

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Religions are founded by what mystics say when they come back; but what the mystics say is not the same as what happened to them.

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Inspiration is God making contact with itself.

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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.

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What we're seeing "out there" is the projection of where we're at--the projection of the clingings of our minds.

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You give up not meditating. It's called meditation action. There's no way out of it. Meditation means to be constantly extricating yourself from the clinging of mind.

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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.

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You may protest if you can love the person you are protesting against as much as you love yourself.

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Cosmic humor, especially about your own predicament, is an important part of your journey.

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When you are already in Detroit, you don't have to take a bus to get there.

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My life is a creative act--like a painting, or a concerto.

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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.

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

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Our journey is about being more deeply involved in Life and yet less attached to it.

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I don't really believe anything I say. Because the nature of my work concerns the spaces between the words, rather than the words themselves.

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

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To him who has had the experience no explanation is necessary, to him who has not, none is possible.

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Those who know do not talk And talkers do not know.”—Tao Te Ching

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The world is won by those who let it go.

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I didn’t arrive at my understanding of the fundamental laws of the universe through my rational mind.”—A. Einstein

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The freer I get, the higher I go. The higher I go, the more I see. The more I see, the less I know. The less I know, the more I’m free.

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Once you have drunk from the water of unconditional love, no other well can satisfy your thirst. The pangs of separation may become so intense that seeking the affection of the Beloved becomes an obsession.

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Love is the most transformative medicine For Love slowly transforms you Into what psychedelics only get you to glimpse.

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Grace is at the nexus of love and awareness. There it’s all open and it’s all love.

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Ephrem the Syrian says, ‘Good speech is silver, but silence is pure gold.’ ”—Way of a Pilgrim

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You two are together in the stars, but not in this world, in this life.

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IT’S BETTER TO SEE GOD IN EVERYTHING THAN TO TRY TO FIGURE IT OUT.

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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.

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The art of listening comes from a quiet mind and an open heart.

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You are ever again the wave sweeping through all things RAINER MARIA RILKE, BOOK OF HOURS

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The epitome of the human realm is to be stuck in a huge traffic jam of discursive thought. —Chogyam Trungpa

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When your center is firm, when your faith is strong and unwavering, then it will not matter what company you keep.

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Who in all his works sees God, in truth he goes to God.

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SEE GOD IN EVERYONE. IT IS DECEPTION TO TEACH BY INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES AND KARMA.3

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If you listen to your own inner voice, it will tell you where you are now, and which method will work best for you in your evolution towards the light.

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Knowledge all by itself, without deep wisdom, ends up becoming despair.

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You base your faith on experience, your faith is

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I take the dust from the lotus feet of the guru to cleanse the mirror of my mind.” So begins a sacred ode to Hanuman.

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