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101 Ram Dass Quotes To Inspire Your Life

These inspirational and powerful Ram Dass Quotes will motivate you to live the life of your dreams.

Ram Dass, also is known as Baba Ram Dass, born “Richard Alpert” was an American spiritual leader, teacher, former psychologist, and best selling author of the book “Be Here Now,” written in 1971.

Dass influenced people around the world and helped bring Eastern spirituality and yoga to the Western world while teaching how to live in the present moment and become aware of your inner self.

He was most popularly known for working with Timothy Leary at Harvard University and his relationship with Hindu guru Neem Karoli Baba.

After reading these quotes by Ram Dass please also be sure to read these Quotes About Believing in Yourself and these inspirational Quotes About Self Reflection.

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Inspirational Ram Dass Quotes

1. “Information is just bits of data. Knowledge is putting them together. Wisdom is transcending them.”

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

2. “Only that in you which is me can hear what I’m saying.”

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

3. “The quieter you become, the more you can hear.”

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The quieter you become, the more you can hear.
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4. “Let’s trade in all our judging for appreciating. Let’s lay down our righteousness and just be together.”

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5. “We’re all just walking each other home.”

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6. “When you go out into the woods and you look at trees, you see all these different trees. And some of them are bent, and some of them are straight, and some of them are evergreens, and some of them are whatever. And you look at the tree and you allow it. You see why it is the way it is. You sort of understand that it didn’t get enough light, and so it turned that way. And you don’t get all emotional about it. You just allow it. You appreciate the tree. The minute you get near humans, you lose all that. And you are constantly saying ‘You’re too this, or I’m too this.’ That judging mind comes in. And so I practice turning people into trees. Which means appreciating them just the way they are.”

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7. “In most of our human relationships, we spend much of our time reassuring one another that our costumes of identity are on straight.”

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8. “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.”

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9. “I see my life as an unfolding set of opportunities to awaken.”

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I see my life as an unfolding set of opportunities to awaken.

10. “The spiritual journey is not about acquiring something outside yourself. Rather, you are penetrating the layers and veils to return to the deepest truth of your own being.”

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11. “Everything in your life is there as a vehicle for your transformation. Use it!”

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12. “It’s only when caterpillarness is done that one becomes a butterfly. That again is part of this paradox. You cannot rip away caterpillarness. The whole trip occurs in an unfolding process of which we have no control.”

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13. “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.”

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14. “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.”

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15. “Suffering is part of our training program for becoming wise.”

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16. “When you know how to listen everybody is the guru.”

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17. “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.”

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18. “Remember, we are all affecting the world every moment, whether we mean to or not. Our actions and states of mind matter, because we’re so deeply interconnected with one another. Working on our own consciousness is the most important thing that we are doing at any moment, and being love is the supreme creative act.”

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19. “Compassion refers to the arising in the heart of the desire to relieve the suffering of all beings.”

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20. “Our interactions with one another reflect a dance between love and fear.”

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21. “Every religion is the product of the conceptual mind attempting to describe the mystery.”

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22. “Our whole spiritual transformation brings us to the point where we realize that in our own being. We are enough.”

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23. “All acts of healing are ultimately ourselves healing our Self.”

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24. “Faith is in the heart, while beliefs are in the head. Experiences, even spiritual experiences, come and go. As long as you base your faith on experience, your faith is going to be constantly flickering, because your experiences keep changing.”

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25. “My life is a creative act–like a painting, or a concerto.”

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26. “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.”

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27. “We’re here to awaken from the illusion of separateness”

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28. “Ask yourself: Where am I? Answer: Here. Ask yourself: What time is it? Answer Now. Say it until you can hear it.”

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29. “What you meet in another being is the projection of your own level of evolution.”

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30. “You just love until you and the beloved become one.”

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31. “Every religion is the product of the conceptual mind attempting to describe the mystery.”

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32. “It’s all real and it’s all illusory: that’s Awareness!”

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33. “All spiritual practices are illusions created by illusionists to escape illusion.”

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34. “When the heart is open, it’s easier for the mind to be turned toward God.”

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35. “Cosmic humor, especially about your own predicament, is an important part of your journey.”

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36. “You and I are the force for transformation in the world. We are the consciousness that will define the nature of the reality we are moving into.”

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37. “If you want to be surrounded by Souls, become identified with your Soul. It takes one to know one!”

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38. “If you think you are enlightened; go home for Thanksgiving.”

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39. “Across planes of consciousness, we have to live with the paradox that opposite things can be simultaneously true.”

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40. “Suffering is the sandpaper of our incarnation. It does its work of shaping us.”

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41. “The game is not about becoming somebody; it’s about becoming nobody.”

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42. “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.”

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43. “It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed.”

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44. “We’re fascinated by the words–but where we meet is in the silence behind them.”

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45. “A feeling of aversion or attachment toward something is your clue that there’s work to be done.”

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46. “Unconditional love really exists in each of us. It is part of our deep inner being, it is not so much an active emotion as a state of being. It’s not ‘I love you’ for this or that reason, not ‘I love you if you love me.’ It’s love for no reason love without an object.”

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47. “Your problem is you are too busy holding on to your unworthiness.”

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48. “I would like my life to be a statement of love and compassion–and where it isn’t, that’s where my work lies.”

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49. “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.”

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50. “In mystical traditions, it is one’s own readiness that makes experiences exoteric or esoteric. The secret isn’t that you’re not being told. The secret is that you’re not able to hear.”

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51. “Death has such great importance in this society that it affects everything. I learned from my guru that death is not the enemy, I see it as another moment. Yet it’s the end of an incarnation and means going on to other incarnations.”

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52. “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.”

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53. “By acting compassionately, by helping to restore justice and to encourage peace, we are acknowledging that we are all part of one another.”

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54. “As long as you have certain desires about how it ought to be you can’t see how it is.”

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55. “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.”

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56. “Our whole spiritual transformation brings us to the point where we realize that in our own being, we are enough.”

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57. “Everything changes once we identify with being the witness to the story, instead of the actor in it.”

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58. “Everyone should smile. Life really isn’t that serious. We make it hard. The sun rises. The sun sets. We just tend to complicate the process.”

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59. “The Ego is an exquisite instrument. Enjoy it, use it–just don’t get lost in it.”

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60. “What we’re seeing “out there” is the projection of where we’re at–the projection of the clinging’s of our minds.”

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Ram Dass Quotes On Self Reflection

61. “You may protest if you can love the person you are protesting against as much as you love yourself.”

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62. “A moment comes when “other” is no longer other.”

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63. “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.”

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64. “The dance goes from realizing that you’re separate (which is the awakening) to then trying to find your way back into the totality of which you are not only a part, but which you are.”

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65. “You give up not meditating. It’s called meditation action. There’s no way out of it. Meditation means to be constantly extricating yourself from the clinging of mind.”

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66. “When we see the Beloved in each person, it’s like walking through a garden, watching flowers bloom all around us.”

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67. “It isn’t true that everyone should follow one path. Listen to your own truth.”

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68. “Once you get to your soul, then every person you look at is a soul.”

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69. “Wherever you are, be all there.”

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70. “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.”

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71. “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.”

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72. “The next message you need is always right where you are.”

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73. “Don’t compare your path with anybody else’s. Your path is unique to you.”

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74. “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.”

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Ram Dass Faith Quotes

75. “As one individual changes, the system changes.”

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76. “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.”

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77. “Inspiration is God making contact with itself.”

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78. “Prolong not the past. Invite not the future. Do not alter your innate wakefulness. Fear not appearances. There is nothing more than this.”

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79. “Our rational minds can never understand what has happened, but our hearts. if we can keep them open to God, will find their own intuitive way.”

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

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81. “Healing does not mean going back to the way things were before, but rather allowing what is now to move us closer to God.”

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82. “When we’re identified with Awareness, we’re no longer living in a world of polarities. Everything is present at the same time.”

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83. “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?”

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84. “The resistance to the unpleasant situation is the root of suffering.”

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85. “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.”

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86. “I’m not interested in being a “lover.” I’m interested in only being love.”

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87. “As long as you have certain desires about how it ought to be you can’t see how it is.”

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88. “I can do nothing for you but work on myself…you can do nothing for me but work on yourself!”

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89. “Emptiness is not really empty; emptiness is fully of everything. The ‘everything’ just isn’t manifest.”

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90. “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.”

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91. “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.”

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Ram Dass Quotes On Self Love

92. “Everything in your life is there as a vehicle for your Transformation. Use it!”

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93. “Each of us finds his unique vehicle for sharing with others his bit of wisdom.”

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94. “Treat everyone you meet like God in drag.”

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95. “The heart surrenders everything to the moment. The mind judges and holds back.”

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96. “When you are causing suffering to others, you are causing suffering to yourself.”

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97. “It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed.”

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98. “If you think you’re free, there’s no escape possible.”

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99. “Learn to watch your drama unfold while at the same time knowing you are more than your drama.”

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100. “What 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 judgement 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.”

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101. “Love is the most transformative medicine for Love slowly transforms you into what psychedelics only get you to glimpse.”

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