Ram Dass – Here and Now – Ep. 233 – The Optimum Time for Spiritual Growth

In this radio interview from 1985, Ram Dass touches on identity, the purpose of meditation on the path to enlightenment, working with death as a path to spiritual growth, and much more.

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“In a way, I’m finding it much more interesting to remain spiritually conscious in the 80s… Like we’re much closer to facing in the daily news the issue of our potential death. And that is a major cultural vehicle for awakening. The confrontation with death is one of the – as Castaneda says, keeping death on your left shoulder – it is the vehicle that helps you awaken the most. And that’s what we’re confronted with much more now. So it seems like the optimum time for spiritual growth to me.” – Ram Dass

In this 1985 interview from “The Questline” radio show, Ram Dass explores:
  • Not clinging to identity and how to deal with shifts in consciousness
  • The role and purpose of meditation on the path to enlightenment
  • Astral planes, psychedelic drugs, and the spiritual heart
  • Working with death and dying, and why he found the 1980s to be a much more optimum time for spiritual growth than the 1960s
  • Different levels of awakening, and walking the path of service

“The quieter I get, the more intimate I am with my guru or with Buddha or with Christ.” – Ram Dass

Listen to more episodes of the Ram Dass Here and Now Podcast:
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.