43 Ram Dass Quotes To Enlighten Your Life

Ram Dass quotes and spiritual ideas gained popularity ever since the success of the book Be Here Now. Born as Richard Alpert on April 6, in the year 1931, Ram Dass was a former academic and clinical psychologist. His family was Jewish and in his early part of life considered himself an atheist and did not recognize himself from any religion. In 1967 Richard Alpert had traveled to India where a Hindu guru Maharajji transformed him in the foothills of Himalaya. He was given the name Ram Dass by his guru, and his name meant servant of God.

He came back to U.S.A with a spiritual vision that resulted in transforming hippie America. He had become an essential influence on a culture that had echoed with words Be Here Now. Ram Dass never allowed him to get attached to any one particular religion and had written on numerous books and spoke on Buddhism, meditation, Sufi mysticism and Karma Yoga. He is the founder of the Hanuman Foundation, and it is focused on the spiritual happiness of society. Here are the best Ram Dass Quotes to enlighten your life.

1. Only that in you which is me can hear what I’m saying. – Ram Dass

2. Everyone should smile. Life really isn’t that serious. We make it hard. The sun rises. The sunsets. We just tend to complicate the process. – Ram Dass

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

4. The resistance to the unpleasant situation is the root of suffering. – Ram Dass

5. Every religion is the product of the conceptual mind attempting to describe the mystery. – Ram Dass

6. When we see the Beloved in each person, it’s like walking through a garden, watching flowers bloom all around us. – Ram Dass

7. The next message you need is always right where you are. – Ram Dass

8. You just love until you and the beloved become one. – Ram Dass

9. Your problem is you are too busy holding on to your unworthiness. – Ram Dass

10. Our interactions with one another reflect a dance between love and fear. – Ram Dass

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

12. 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

13. Be here now. Don’t anticipate. Don’t yearn for things of the past. Let the past go with forgiveness. And let the future go with no anticipation. – Ram Dass

14. When you know how to listen to everybody is the guru. – Ram Dass

15. Emptiness is not really empty; emptiness is full of everything. The ‘everything’ just isn’t manifest. – Ram Dass

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

17. 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

18. 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

19. 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, 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

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

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

22. I am without form without limit. Beyond space – beyond time. I am in everything. Everything is me. I am the bliss of the universe. I am everything. – Ram Dass

23. We’re all just walking each other home. – Ram Dass

24. The heart surrenders everything to the moment. The mind judges and holds back. – Ram Dass

25. 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 your vulnerable, the universe will find a way to confront you with it. – Ram Dass

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

27. To rest in awareness also means to stand free of the prejudices of mind that come from identifying with cherished attitudes and opinions. We can listen without being busy planning, analyzing, theorizing…and especially judging. We can open into the moment fully in order to hear it all. – Ram Dass

28. 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

29. 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

30. Treat everyone you meet like God in drag. – Ram Dass

31. If you think you are enlightened; go home for Thanksgiving. – Ram Dass

32. Wherever you are, be all there. – Ram Dass

33. 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

34. Be here now. – Ram Dass

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

36. I can do nothing for you but work on myself…you can do nothing for me but work on yourself! – Ram Dass

37. 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

38. Suffering is part of our training program for becoming wise. – Ram Dass

39. The quieter you become, the more you can hear. – Ram Dass

40. 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?– Ram Dass

41. What you meet in another being is the projection of your own level of evolution. – Ram Dass

42. Everything in your life is there as a vehicle for your transformation. Use it! – Ram Dass

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

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Nakul Grover

Nakul Grover, author of Superhuman In You and the one who runs this blog. He has been writing on self-improvement since 2014. Featured on various websites, his works have helped thousands of people to live an extraordinary life. He loves spending his leisure hours in reading books and learning new skills.