In this talk from 1992, Ram Dass looks at how quieting the mind allows us to accept life how it is, including all of the love, suffering, joy, and discomfort that comes with it.
It is all happening as it should in our lives so that we can grow to become free. Ram Dass shows us how cultivating spaciousness and trust allows us to sit comfortably with all life has to offer and connect with the inner truth that guides us.
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Accepting How It Is
Ram Dass explores the karmic predicament that is involved in the difficult and complicated matter of abortion. He looks at how we become less manipulative of the universe the way it is as we become more conscious.
“I think the whole issue of birth and death is clouded in mystery, which we have not yet freed from the projections that come out of our own desires and our own fears. So it is really hard to hear the whole issue.” – Ram Dass
Our Karmic Predicament (20:25)
How can we find liberation in embracing our own karmic predicament? Ram Dass reflects on questions regarding war and developing non-attachment in our response to difficult situations. RD shares what he learned around accepting his current karmic predicament after visiting the Dachau concentration camp.
“You can keep you emotional heart open, so that it is breaking moment after moment after moment. Yet beyond the unbearable, here we still are. As you continue on the spiritual path, you are able to look at the immensity of suffering without turning away.” – Ram Dass
Ram Dass looks at how every difficulty we face can become a tool for our own liberation in Ep.142 of the Here and Now Podcast
Love, Death & Attachment (35:00)
We look at the kind of living love that exists between one another – independent of the labels that we put on it. Ram Dass talks about resting the space that is created by that love. He explores the attachment towards form that makes love and death so difficult to accept. Lastly, closing with a revealing story about the intricacies of karma and death.