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
The most devotion Ram Dass quotes that are proven to give you inner joy
I would like my life to be a statement of love and compassion--and where it isn't, that's where my work lies.
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.
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.
We are fascinated by the words, but where we meet is in the silence behind them
The game is not about becoming somebody, it's about becoming nobody.
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.
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.
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.
We're all just walking each other home.
As you dissolve into love, your ego fades.
You’re not thinking about loving; you’re just being love, radiating like the sun.
Everything changes once we identify with being the witness to the story, instead of the actor in it.
If you want to cure the world, don't emanate fear - emanate love.
A feeling of aversion or attachment toward something is your clue that there's work to be done.
You are loved just for being who you are, just for existing.
You don't have to do anything to earn it. Your shortcomings, your lack of self-esteem, physical perfection, or social and economic success- none of that matters. No one can take this love away from you, and it will always be here.
We are all affecting the world every moment, whether we mean to or not.
Everything in your life is there as a vehicle for your transformation. Use it!
Every religion is the product of the conceptual mind attempting to describe the mystery.
The art of life is to stay wide open and be vulnerable, yet at the same time to sit with the mystery and the awe and with the unbearable pain - to just be with it all.
The spiritual journey is not about acquiring something outside yourself, rather, you are penetrating deep layers and veils to return to the deepest truth of your own being.
Meditation means to be constantly extricating yourself from the clinging of mind. By letting go of even the thought 'I,' and 'me' what is left? There is nowhere to stand and no one to stand there. No separation anywhere. Pure awareness. Neither this, nor that. Just clarity and being.
Healing does not mean going back to the way things were before, but rather allowing what is now to move us closer to God.
It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed.
Real happiness lies in that which never comes nor goes, but simply is.
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.
Let's trade in all our judging for appreciating.
Let's lay down our righteousness and just be together.
Nature is really important because it's a manifestation of love that hasn't been run through human minds.
We're fascinated by the words--but where we meet is in the silence behind them.
Our thinking minds deprive us of the happiness that comes when we are living fully in the moment.
As long as you have certain desires about how it ought to be you can't see how it is.
The heart surrenders everything to the moment. The mind judges and holds back.
Turn your melodrama into a mellow drama.
Learn to watch your drama unfold while at the same time knowing you are more than your drama.
All that you seek is already within you.
In Hinduism it is called the Atman, in Buddhism the pure Buddha-Mind. Christ said, 'the kingdom of heaven is within you.' Quakers call it the ‘still small voice within.’ This is the space of full awareness that is in harmony with all the universe, and thus is wisdom itself.
Consciousness equals energy = love = awareness = light = wisdom = beauty = truth = purity. It's all the same trip.
Treat everyone you meet like God in drag.
As we grow in our consciousness.. there will be more compassion and more love. And then... the barriers between people.. between religions.. and between nations will begin to fall.
The most important aspect of love is not in giving or the receiving: it's in the being. When I need love from others, or need to give love to others, I'm caught in an unstable situation. Being in love, rather than giving or taking love, is the only thing that provides stability. Being in love means seeing the Beloved all around me.
When you are in the presence of unconditional love, that is the optimum environment for your heart to open, because you feel safe, because you realize nobody wants anything from you. The minute that heart opens, you are once again letting in the flow. And that flow is where you experience God.
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.
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.
Suffering is part of our training program for becoming wise.
The most exquisite paradox; as soon as you give it all up, you can have it all.
I'm a Bhakti, meaning I practice devotional yoga and the heart and love, so I say to people, start with your ego and go down to your heart.
Our whole spiritual transformation brings us to the point where we realize that in our own being, we are enough.
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.
The God within is your Spiritual Heart.
Your Soul. And in that individual Soul, rests God- rests the One. Go into your soul and your heart-space which can be Awareness, Love, Compassion, etc…and just BE your heart-space. BE your Soul so that you can LOVE unconditionally.
What you meet in another being is the projection of your own level of evolution.
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.
We're sitting under the tree of our thinking minds, wondering why we're not getting any sunshine!
Your problem is you're... too busy holding onto your unworthiness.