Ram Dass – Here and Now – Ep. 219 – Death of the Guru

In this powerful recording from 1974, Ram Dass talks about dealing with the death of his guru, working with the concept of dharma, and connecting to our inner wisdom and intuition.

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In this episode of Here and Now:

  • Ram Dass talks about receiving the news of the death of his guru, Maharajji, and how he reacted to it
  • He tells stories of Maharajji, reflecting on the complex nature of his guru and the feelings he experienced while in his presence
  • Ram Dass explores working with the concept of dharma
  • He talks about the importance of trusting our hearts and connecting to our inner wisdom and intuition, or the guru within


“And every now and then, my mind would float away to, ‘Far out, Maharajji died.’ And I’d experience him saying to me, ‘Just attend to your business. Cut out all that melodramatic crap. Just do your thing.’ I was looking to get into a little self-pity place, you know, ‘Oh, God, Maharajji!’” – Ram Dass

About Ram Dass:

Ram Dass’ spirit has been a guiding light for generations, carrying along millions on the journey. Ram Dass teaches that through the Bhakti practice of unconditional love, we can all connect with our true nature. Through these teachings, Ram Dass has shared a little piece of his guru, Maharajji, with all who have listened to him.

Listen to more from Ram Dass:

Go back to the very beginning of the journey as Ram Dass talks about his early years in life and the psychedelic experience that changed everything in Here and Now Ep. 1.
How does our perception shape our experience of suffering? Ram Dass investigates the many roots of suffering in Here and Now Ep. 132.
We all touch states of transcendence. Ram Dass explores how we can come into contact with the path of awakening in Here and Now Ep. 164.
Ram Dass breaks down the history of psychedelics and helps us understand the risks and rewards of these consciousness-altering chemicals in Here and Now Ep. 183.
Cut to the chase of what spiritual practice is all about. Ram Dass helps us escape the prison of our egos in Here and Now Ep. 201
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