Ram Dass Quotes

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Be here now.
— Ram Dass

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When you know how to listen everyone is the guru.
— Ram Dass

listening wisdom

If you think you're enlightened go spend a week with your family.
— Ram Dass

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To break your identification with your own thoughts is to achieve inner freedom.

inner peace

As they say in the Sikh religion—Once you realize God knows everything, you're free.

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


Faith is not a belief. Faith is what is left when your beliefs have all been blown to hell.
— Ram Dass

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I think the message is that you don't need to go to anywhere else to find what you are seeking.

inner peace

To him who has had the experience no explanation is necessary, to him who has not, none is possible.
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.
Let the clock and the earth do their own thing... Let the comings and goings of life continue... But YOU stay HERE and NOW. This exercise is to bring you to the Eternal Present where it all is.
— Ram Dass
You may have expected that enlightenment would come Zap! instantaneous and permanent. This is unlikely. After the first "ah ha" experience, it can be thought of as the thinning of a layer of clouds...
— Ram Dass


"If a pickpocket meets a saint, he sees only his pockets." Then he'd get up and leave. Or he'd write, "If you wear shoeleather, the whole earth is covered with leather." These were his ways of teaching me about how motivation affects perception.


Tibetan Book of the Dead, which was a very close description of a number of these experiences. This book was 2500 years old, at least, and it had been used all those years for preparing Tibetan Lamas to die and be reincarnated. And when we opened it, we would find descriptions of the 49 days after death before rebirth, that were perfect descriptions of sessions we were having with psychedelics.