Inspiration & insights from the path toward happiness & wisdom from a yogi and Christian mystic.
“If you try to achieve a superior identity by projecting your demons onto other people or groups, and temporarily feel “swept and tidied,” you have only achieved a seeming and a very false victory. Your ego willfulness and your superiority complex are now even more disguised—from yourself. But they are still there, and now well-defended by a sense of “purity.” We can only be reconciled to our shadow by honest admissions, and must never think we can dismiss it, deny it, or punish it. We cannot deny our ego, or it will only return in different forms.”
“I would say that most of us stay locked in our separateness and we are very frightened of coming out of it, we feel very vulnerable. In truth you’re not vulnerable at all. Who you think you are is vulnerable. Who you are is not vulnerable. This is the truth of it.”
“Appreciate your humanity. Like I’m supposed to be, I’m Ram Dass and I’ve worked on myself, and I’m supposed to be equanamous, loving, present, clear, compassionate, accepting - often times I get tired, I’m angry, I’m petulant, I’m closed down. Now for a long time I’d get into those states and I would feel really embarrassed because that isn’t who Ram Dass is supposed to be. So I would appear like I was warm, charming, equanamous, compassionate and there was deviousness and deception involved. And then I realized that that is - that’s bad business because that cuts us off from each other. And I had to risk my truth. I had to risk being human with other people. And realize that what we offer each other is our truth. And our truth includes all of our stuff. And the first thing I had to do was accept my own truth. I had to allow myself to be a human being.”
“True prayer is always about getting the “who” right. Who is doing the praying, you or God-in-you, “little old you” or the Eternal Christ Consciousness? Basically prayer is an exercise in divine participation—you opting in and God always there!”
“This Self is neither born, nor dies,
it neither grows nor decays,
nor does it suffer any change.
When a pot is broken, the space
inside it is not; similarly when the body
dies, the Self in it remains eternal.”
“When we live first inside of silence, the silence that surrounds everything all the time, only then can we stop exposing ourselves to the judgments of the world; only then will we stop “picking up” the energy of others; only then can we cease our endless self-commentary. We are who we are in God—no more and no less.”
“Sometimes I ask people, “Who is looking through those eyes?”. And an intelligent response came and says: “Conditioning is looking through these eyes”. I said, “This is true. But what is looking, at the conditioning, looking through these eyes?”. And silence came.”
“You must be ready to accept the possibility that there is a limitless range of awareness for which we now have no words; that awareness can expand beyond range of your ego, your self, your familiar identity, beyond everything you have learned, beyond your notions of space and time, beyond the differences which usually separate people from each other and from the world around them.”
“The problem isn’t out there. The problem is here: I don’t know who I am. When I know who I am, I will have no problem in knowing what to do. And as I know more and more who I am, I begin to strip my life down to what my life truly needs.”