161+ Best Ram Dass Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Ram Dass, also known as Baba Ram Dass, was an American spiritual teacher, psychologist, and author. Most notable for his best-selling book ‘Be Here Now’, he has authored several other books on spirituality and religion.

He helped popularize Eastern spirituality and yoga with the baby boomer generation in the West. Inspirational Ram Dass quotes will challenge the way you think, change the way you live and transform your whole life.

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Most Famous Ram Dass Quotes

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

Your problem is you’re… too busy holding onto your unworthiness. – Ram Dass

Watch how your mind judges. Judgment comes, in part, out of your own fear. You judge other people because you’re not comfortable in your own being. By judging, you find out where you stand in relation to other people. The judging mind is very divisive. It separates. Separation closes your heart. If you close your heart to someone, you are perpetuating your suffering and theirs. Shifting out of judgment means learning to appreciate your predicament and their predicament with an open heart instead of judging. Then you can allow yourself and others to just be, without separation. – Ram Dass

I practice turning people into trees. Which means appreciating them just the way they are – Ram Dass

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

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

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

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

At the moment when there’s nothing more to lose, the Ego breaks open – and then we see who we are behind who we thought we were. – Ram Dass

We are all affecting the world every moment, whether we mean to or not. – Ram Dass

Turn your melodrama into a mellow drama. – Ram Dass

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. – Ram Dass

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. – Ram Dass

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. – Ram Dass

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

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

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. – Ram Dass

Without remaining open to change , we can not remain open to life – Ram Dass

The final awakening is the embracing of the darkness into the light. That means embracing our humanity as well as our divinity. What we go from is being born into our humanity, sleep walking for a long time, until we awaken and start to taste our divinity. And then want to finally get free. We see as long as we grab at our divinity and push away our humanity we aren’t free. If you want to be free, you can’t push away anything. You have to embrace it all. It’s all God. – Ram Dass

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

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

So somebody comes along and gets to me. They get me angry or uptight or they awaken some desire in me, wow am I delighted. They got me. And that’s my work on myself. If I am angry with you because your behavior doesn’t fill my model of how you should be, that’s my problem for having models. No expectations, no upset. If you are a liar and a cheat, that’s your Karma. If I’m cheated, that’s my work on myself. – Ram Dass

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. – Ram Dass

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

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. – Ram Dass

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

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

Each person tells you who they think they are, and who they think you are. – Ram Dass

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. – Ram Dass

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

If you want to cure the world, don’t emanate fear – emanate love. – Ram Dass

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

Real happiness lies in that which never comes nor goes, but simply is. – Ram Dass

Let the natural flow of the universe, course through your being, and harmonize your soul. – Ram Dass

After meditating for some years, I began to see the patterns of my own behavior. 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

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. – Ram Dass

So your first job is to work on yourself. The greatest thing you can do for another human being is to get your own house in order and find your true spiritual heart. – Ram Dass

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 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 here, 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

I would say that the thrust of my life has been initially about getting free, and then realizing that my freedom is not independent of everybody else. Then I am arriving at that circle where one works on oneself as a gift to other people so that one doesn’t create more suffering. I help people as a work on myself and I work on myself to help people. – Ram Dass

Ask yourself: Where am I? Answer: Here. Ask yourself: What time is it? Answer: Now. Say it until you can hear it. – Ram Dass

Inspiration is God making contact with itself. – Ram Dass

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

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

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. – Ram Dass

A feeling of aversion or attachment toward something is your clue that there’s work to be done. – Ram Dass

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. – Ram Dass

The reality we live in is selected by our conceptual definitions. You and I may be in the same physical space, but each of us will see it as entirely different. – Ram Dass

You have everything in you that Buddha has, that Christ has. You’ve got it all. But only when you start to acknowledge it is it going to get interesting. Your problem is you’re afraid to acknowledge your own beauty. You’re too busy holding on to your own unworthiness. You’d rather be a schnook sitting before some great man. That fits in more with who you think you are. Well, enough already. I sit before you and I look and I see your beauty, even if you don’t. – Ram Dass

Souls love. That’s what souls do. Egos don’t, but souls do. Become a soul, look around, and you’ll be amazed-all the beings around you are souls. Be one, see one. When many people have this heart connection, then we will know that we are all one, we human beings all over the planet. We will be one. One love. And don’t leave out the animals, and trees, and clouds, and galaxies-it’s all one. It’s one energy. – Ram Dass

If you think you’re enlightened go spend a week with your family. – Ram Dass

Suffering lets us see where are attachments are – and that helps us get free. – Ram Dass

Our journey is about being more deeply involved in life, and yet less attached to it. – Ram Dass

The ego is frightened by death, because ego is part of the incarnation and ends with it. That is why we learn to identify with our soul, as the soul continues after death. For the soul, death is just another moment. – Ram Dass

It’s very hard to grow, because it’s difficult to let go of the models of ourselves in which we’ve invested so heavily. – Ram Dass

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

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

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

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

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. – Ram Dass

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

When someone we love dies, we get so busy mourning what died that we ignore what didn’t. – Ram Dass

When you look back at your own life, you see … the sufferings you went through, each time you would have avoided it if you possibly could. And yet, when you look at the depth of your character now, isn’t a part of that a product of those experiences? Weren’t those experiences part of what created the depth of your inner being? – Ram Dass

The game is not about becoming somebody, it’s about becoming nobody. – Ram Dass

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

Don’t compare your path with anybody else’s. Your path is unique to you. – Ram Dass

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

One of the ego’s favorite paths of resistance is to fill you with doubt. – Ram Dass

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

The interesting question is, how do you put yourself in a position so that you can allow ‘what is’ to be. The enemy turns out to be the creation of mind. Because when you are just in the moment, doing what you are doing, there is no fear. The fear is when you stand back to think about it. The fear is not in the actions. The fear is in the thought about the actions. – Ram Dass

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

When you are already in Detroit, you don’t have to take a bus to get there. – Ram Dass

I think that people will find a tremendous joy and fulfillment in service to other human beings, and that often this is what is missing in their lives. – Ram Dass

Our souls are evolving towards becoming the one. That’s what we’re doing and we’re using our incarnations as teaching devices. – Ram Dass

By going into third world countries and serving, by actually feeding and helping people, I’ve been led to focus a little more on how people here try to be happy by ignoring other people who are unhappy. – Ram Dass

We’ve been proceeding so long on the plane of consciousness, we don’t realize we are spiritual beings. Our minds, our senses, and the society around us all say, “Come on, you’re getting into fantasy”. – Ram Dass

I don’t have a fear and urgency feeling inside myself about the state of the world affairs and everything collapsing. – Ram Dass

I like walking in the pool. That isn’t what makes me feel spiritual. But alive. – Ram Dass

Religions are institutions that push you up the mountain and then they have their fantasies about the spirit. I mean they try to make God like the human psyche and it’s wrong. I mean it’s a projection of the mind, and you can use it to get a start and then you must leave it behind. – Ram Dass

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. – Ram Dass

The satsang is – within the mass culture – like little mushrooms here and there, and somebody, maybe a Christian and a Hindu and a Buddhist, come together; doesn’t matter, because those are paths. They’re paths to the One. But those satsangs are what the world needs. And as I say – heart to heart – that’s what satsang is. – Ram Dass

Suffering brings your heart to bear. It gets you where you are! – Ram Dass

As the haves and have-nots split further and further apart, destabilization ultimately leads to revolution, not evolution. If we’re playing the evolution vs. revolution game, we are closer to revolution than we are to evolution in my concept. – Ram Dass

A Tibetan Lama said to me, “”The best place to stand, Ram Dass, is halfway between hope and hopelessness.”” So I can write a scenario for the 21st century in either direction. One is that it all goes to hell and that it’s truly the dark age. – Ram Dass

There is message to the community that a non-governmental process is underway to bring about social change, it’s a public one, and people like Margaret Thatcher, George Bush, and Mikhail Gorbachev are throwing their weight behind it. In a world where there’s a lot of cynicism and despair, this has a candle-lighting effect. – Ram Dass

These are planes of consciousness, and I think human beings exist on two planes of consciousness, the soul and the ego. – Ram Dass

When you get old, everything changes – your body changes, your family changes. You can’t do what you’ve always done, anymore. And, either you can complain about things changing – or you can be content. Instead of complaining, you can say: “”Oh, yesss! Look at all this change!”” You can welcome it. – Ram Dass

We gain internal freedom through external actions. – Ram Dass

It wasn’t until after I’d been around Timothy Leary, Aldous Huxley and Alan Watts, that I started to reflect about issues like the evolution of consciousness. – Ram Dass

Faith, consciousness, and awareness all exist beyond the thinking mind. – Ram Dass

Be patient. You’ll know when it’s time for you to wake up and move ahead. – Ram Dass

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. – Ram Dass

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. – Ram Dass

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

Compassion is the ability to see how it all is. – Ram Dass

Dying is the most important moment that exists in any incarnation – Ram Dass

Psychedelics helped me to escape.. albeit momentarily.. from the prison of my mind. It over-rode the habit patterns of thought and I was able to taste innocence again. Looking at sensations freshly without the conceptual overly was very profound. – Ram Dass

My life is a creative act–like a painting, or a concerto. – Ram Dass

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

A Oneness of all. An evolution in consciousness of us all that isn’t about the egos. – Ram Dass

It’s all real and it’s all illusory: that’s Awareness! – Ram Dass

The Ego ages… the Soul evolves… and to the Awareness, nothing happened! – Ram Dass

Birth, death, and suffering all bring us to the very edge of what our minds can understand. – Ram Dass

We kill each other over which name to call the Nameless. – Ram Dass

If you keep examining your mind, you’ll come to see that thoughts of who you are and how it all is are creating the reality you’re experiencing. – Ram Dass

Coming into the place of Soul-awareness is coming home. – Ram Dass

Along with faith comes the requirement for dogged persistence. At first meditation may bring you mild highs or some relief from suffering. But there may come a time – just as there does in the development of any skill – when there will be a plateau. You may be bored, discouraged, or even negative and cynical. This is when you will need not only faith, but persistence. – Ram Dass

True compassion arises out of the plane of consciousness where I AM you. – Ram Dass

This society is not ‘user-friendly’ for older people. – Ram Dass

My whole academic career was totally out of Jewish anxiety, and issues surrounding achievement and adequacy. – Ram Dass

The minute you don’t want power, you’ll have more than you ever dreamed possible. – Ram Dass

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

Faith is in the soul. Belief is thought. Faith is so rich. Faith gives me my spiritual self. – Ram Dass

Suffering brings me so close to God. – Ram Dass

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. – Ram Dass

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

If we are to help heal the world, we need to remember that it is a sacred place. Our actions need to be positive statements, reminders that even in the worst times there is a world worth struggling for. – Ram Dass

Don’t take yourself so personally. – Ram Dass

Aging has its own beauty. It is a beautiful stage for doing inner work. You have a chance to not be so dependent on social approval. You can be a little more eccentric. You can be more alone. And you can examine loneliness and boredom instead of being afraid of them. There is such an art and a possibility of aging. – Ram Dass

Gratitude opens your heart, and opening your heart is a wonderful and easy way for God to slip in. – Ram Dass

Creativity springs from the yearning to be the fullness of who you are. – Ram Dass

I’m ensconced in the soul … and I look around and everything is love. – Ram Dass

You look at the tree and you allow it. You see why it is the way it is… – Ram Dass

The healing begins when we can start to feel more gratitude that our child came into our life than despair and outrage that our child died. The gratitude is what heals the despair. – Ram Dass

I like to look at a tree and see that it’s love. Don’t you? – Ram Dass

I look at you, and I see in you the yearning to get back to God. That yearning is love. – Ram Dass

A being whose awareness is totally free, who does not cling to anything, is liberated. – Ram Dass

The person who says, ‘I’m enlightened’ probably isn’t. – Ram Dass

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

From a Hindu perspective, you are born as what you need to deal with, and if you just try and push it away, whatever it is, it’s got you. – Ram Dass

I have always said that often the religion you were born with becomes more important to you as you see the universality of truth. – Ram Dass

The fun is having friends who help each other get free. – Ram Dass

You have all the time in the world, but don’t waste a moment. – Ram Dass

When you live in love You see love everywhere you look. You are literally in love with everyone you look at. – Ram Dass

Wisdom is one of the few things in human life that does not diminish with age. – Ram Dass

I am embarrassed to admit what drew me to psychology. I didn’t want to go to medical school. I was getting good grades in psychology and I was charismatic and people in the psychology department liked me. It was as low a level as that. – Ram Dass

So many times each day we support each other informally without ever becoming ‘helper’ or ‘helped.’ Perhaps we’re finding an article of clothing for a partner, cutting bread for one of the children, collecting the mail for the person at the next desk, holding the coat for someone at a restaurant. – Ram Dass

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. – Ram Dass

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. – Ram Dass

Remember, Be Here Now. – Ram Dass

At first you think that your sadhana Is a limited part of your life. In time you realize that Everything you do is part of your sadhana. – Ram Dass

You must come to see every human being Including yourself, As an incarnation In a body or personality, going through a certain Life experience which is functional. – Ram Dass

If you think you are free, there is no escape possible. – Ram Dass

There are no accidents whatsoever in the universe. – Ram Dass

If you want to see how enlightened you are, go spend a week with your family. – Ram Dass

I take the assumption that every religion has been rooted in some mystical or transcendent experience. From that assumption, I just look at all the different systems as metaphors or doorways to God. – Ram Dass

Truth is scary. Truth has bad breath at times – Ram Dass

Old age spiritualizes people naturally – Ram Dass

It’s very different because the Indians live as if they are their souls and Americans live as if they are their egos. – Ram Dass

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

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. – Ram Dass

There is only one of us. One consciousness manifesting into different forms. – Ram Dass

Our culture’s zeal for longevity reveals our incredible collective fear of death. – Ram Dass

We come into relationships often very much identified with our needs. I need this, I need security, I need refuge, I need friendship. And all of relationships are symbiotic in that sense. We come together because we fulfill each others’ needs at some level or other. – Ram Dass

I hang out with my guru in my heart. And I love everything in the universe. That’s all I do all day. – Ram Dass

Until we know that we can bear the unbearable, we’re always running scared. – Ram Dass

The richness of a moment comes when it’s both full and empty at the same time. The truth is, we live simultaneously in time and timelessness. – Ram Dass

You may have expected that enlightenment would come ZAP! instantaneous and permanent.This is unlikely.After the first ah ha expereince, it can be thougth of as a thinning of a layer of clouds. – Ram Dass

Give it all up and you can have it all. – Ram Dass

When the faith is strong enough, it is sufficient just to be. Its a journey towards simplicity, towards quietness, towards a kind of joy that is not in time. Its a journey that has taken us from primary identification with our body and our psyche, on to an identification with God, and ultimately beyond identification. – Ram Dass

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. – Ram DassIn

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