Ram Das: Embracing our Humanity


Ram Das talks about being caught up in ‘specialness’, acting as the “holy man.”
About the spiritual life: “It’s not about getting high, it’s about getting free.”
On social action: “I’m beginning to see that I am only going to be free when I’m fully involved in the world.”
On aging: “As I get older, I am all ages. I am every age.”

 In this lecture, held at the Asilomar Conference Grounds, Ram Dass discusses the changes he’s experienced in himself over the many years that he’s been teaching. He admits to having been caught in the separateness of acting as a, ‘holy man’, trying to be what everybody wanted him to be. He eventually had to acknowledge that part of him was using the spiritual path to avoid the things he couldn’t face in himself, and that the game wasn’t about getting high, but getting free. This requires embracing all of life, incorporating the darkness into the light. The human heart is the doorway to intuition and our actions must come from the blending of humanity and divinity. Until we fully accept our humanity, our intuition will lack harmony. When we embrace our uniqueness and accept responsibility for the creation of who we are, we begin to let go of the forms that keep us separate. If we can identify with our inner being then we can open to a much broader appreciation of the outer world in which we must live. We can learn to operate within our roles, without getting lost in them. Who we think we are disappears, and we find action in that previously confined energy.

(Pacific Grove, CA – 8/7/1982)

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