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."

"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."

"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."

"Every religion is the product of the conceptual mind attempting to describe the mystery."

Baba Ram Dass -1976, Aspen CO

Welcome to Soundings Mindful Media with Dean & Dudley Evenson. This Ram Dass video is the first of many historic videos and conscious media explorations we will be sharing on this channel so please subscribe and stay tuned.

With the recent passing of Baba Ram Dass (aka Dr. Richard Albert), we are excited to honor his memory with this lecture we just found in our vast video archive. Like so many in our generation, we were deeply inspired by his book BE HERE NOW and the stories of meditating in India with his guru, Maharaj-ji.

We first heard Ram Dass speak in Woodstock, NY where we lived at the time. Then in 1976, we videotaped this lecture while working with Grassroots TV, the Aspen public access television group. Ram Dass is also the reason we started our music label, Soundings of the Planet, in 1979. More on that story later. For now, let’s remember this amazing human, Baba Ram Dass. His wit and wisdom lives on in our hearts. We hope you enjoy watching and please comment on your experience with him and his prolific life's work. May we carry his spiritual legacy in our hearts. Thank you for sharing this video far and wide.

Ram Dass on the Pull to God (1975)

In this talk from Orlando, FL in 1975 Ram Dass discusses how a person is just pulled into their spirituality and will receieve the transmission by any means necessary. He discusses many stories in relation to his connection to Ma Jaya and Maharaj-ji's consciousness being present in that space.

"The forms are not what it's about. What you are receiving is a transmission of the Living Spirit through a lineage and you don't have to know all of the words to receive the transmission." - Ram Dass