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Ram Dass Here And Now

179 EpisodesProduced by Ram Dass / Love Serve RememberWebsite

Ram Dass shares his heart-centered wisdom in each episode featuring excerpted lectures given throughout the last 40 years, with an introduction from Raghu Markus of Ram Dass' Love Serve Remember Foundation.

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Ep. 179 – Astral Planes, Time, Paradox, and Freedom

April 29th, 2021


Mapping the physical, causal, and astral planes of existence, Ram Dass reconciles time within the paradox of ‘being here now,’ inviting us into the freedom of limitless awareness.

Illuminating the interconnected nature …

Ep. 178 - The Path of the Heart

April 8th, 2021


Walking the path of the Heart, Ram Dass shares the hungry ghost pitfalls veiling the unity behind our separateness and invites us into the proverbial 'hot tub' of Maharajji's unconditional love.

In this unique dharma …

Ep. 177 – Perspectives on Work and Money

March 18th, 2021


In this recording from 1989, Ram Dass talks about looking through the veil of role and personality in the business world, and offers his unique …

Ep. 176 – Loving & Dying

February 25th, 2021


In this collection of clips from his core teachings on death and dying, Ram Dass explores love, loss, and soul, elucidates the art of grief, and …

Ep. 175 – Ram Dass x Alan Watts: From Separation to Unity, Intuition and Trust

February 3rd, 2021


In this exceptional and unique offering, the Be Here Now Network along with our friends at the Alan Watts Organization, have specially curated a podcast featuring words of wisdom from Ram Dass, and legendary, …

Ep. 174 – Being Ram Dass

January 15th, 2021


On this special episode of Here and Now, Raghu Markus and Rameshwar Das celebrate the release of Being Ram Dass by reflecting on some of Ram Dass’s most important teachings.

Ep. 173 – The Problem With Personality

December 24th, 2020


In this dharma talk from 1982, Ram Dass tackles the problem with personality, exploring how we need to honor the power of our personality without identifying and being attached to it.

Ep. 172 – The Context of Reality

December 5th, 2020


In this dharma talk from 1983, Ram Dass looks at the context of reality from the perspectives of both the social and political domain, and the domain …

Ep. 171 – Reducing Oneself to Zero

November 12th, 2020


In this late 1970’s Dharma talk from New Lebanon, NY, Ram Dass explores the innate power of reducing ourselves to Zero in order to be truly effective …

Ep. 170 – Stories on Karma

October 22nd, 2020


Looking at life as a series of lawfully unfolding events, Ram Dass shares rare stories and Eastern wisdom that elucidate the concepts of karma and …

Ep. 169 – The Many Forms of Yoga

October 1st, 2020


Exploring the various forms of Yoga, Ram Dass shares methods for coming into the One.

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Ep. 168 – The Domain of Spirit

September 10th, 2020


Ram Dass explores how spiritual practice helps us find a home in the domain of spirit and root ourselves in presence, even amidst all the suffering and pain of this world.

Ep. 167 – Dharmic Roles

August 20th, 2020


In this 1992 session, Ram Dass explores patriarchy and the Ramayana, dharmic roles, planes of consciousness, and being a good adversary.

In this …

Ep. 166 – How Different It Is…

July 31st, 2020


Be Here Now Network presents a classic talk from 1986 that captures one of Ram Dass’ core teachings around identity and the different planes of consciousness.

In this talk, Ram Dass offers a method for envisioning the …

Ep. 165 - Innocence, Lightness

July 8th, 2020


In this talk from 1989, Ram Dass shares his thoughts on how innocence is very much a part of the spiritual journey, the importance of humor and lightness on the path, and much more.

Ep. 163 – The Emptiness of Compassion

May 28th, 2020


In this talk from 1989, Ram Dass leads an exploration into what it takes to be present with our hearts, present with the moment, and to have compassion for the suffering in the world.

Ep. 162 - The Transition from Somebody to Nobody 

May 8th, 2020


In this riveting Q&A session from a 1989 retreat, Ram Dass answers questions around making the transition from somebody to nobody, right effort, doubt versus faith, and much more.

Ep. 161 - Becoming One with Our Dharma 

April 15th, 2020


In this talk from 1976, Ram Dass reflects on how we can get to God by embracing our Dharmic path in life.

Ep. 160 - Science and Spirituality

March 25th, 2020


In this interview from 1980, Ram Dass shares a mind-bending conversation with physicist Amit Goswami about the intersection of science and spirituality.

Ep. 159 – Stuck In-Between Stories

March 7th, 2020


In this dharma talk from 1993, Ram Dass looks at how each of us can get stuck in our transition between the fear-driven social institutions that we were born into and the love-driven paths of the heart that we are …

Ep. 158 – A Pledge to Social Responsibility

February 13th, 2020


In this dharma talk from 1978, Ram Dass looks to the example set by The Shakertown Pledge as a model for committing ourselves to inner and outer social action.

Ep. 157 – It's All Right Here

January 23rd, 2020


In this dharma talk from 1982, Ram Dass illuminates how happiness, boredom, suffering, past and future, life and death, it’s all right here in every moment we experience.

Ep. 156 – Dying Into What Is

December 31st, 2019


In this dharma talk from 1981, Ram Dass looks at how we can let go of our fears about change and dying by understanding our true nature.

This episode of the Here and Now Podcast is the first since Ram Dass recently left …

Ep. 155 – Astral Fun and Games Pt. 2: Doorways to the Divine

December 13th, 2019


Ram Dass shares a dharma talk exploring the complex relationships we form through devotional yoga that become doorways leading to inner liberation.

Ep. 154 – Astral Fun and Games Pt. 1

November 21st, 2019


In this blast from the past, Ram Dass is the ringmaster for some astral fun and games as he takes on miracles, psychedelic powers, and connecting across different planes of existence.

Ep. 153 – Devotional Tantra and the Divine Mother

October 31st, 2019


In this unique dharma talk from 1976, Ram Dass explores the practice of devotional tantra, which is about seeing the world as the Divine Mother Kali and feeding her with your impurities. 

Ep. 152 – The Still Small Voice Within

October 10th, 2019


In this dharma talk from 1975, Ram Dass speaks of the still small voice within that serves as a constant reminder of our true nature and relationship with God.

Ep. 151 – Entering into the One

September 18th, 2019


In this dharma talk from 1993, Ram Dass answers questions about navigating our spiritual path and working with practices that can bring us into union with the One.

With the floor open to his live audience, Ram Dass …

Ep. 150 – Becoming Nobody

August 28th, 2019


Celebrate the theatrical release of Becoming Nobody, the quintessential portal into Ram Dass’ life and teachings, with this collection of teachings …

Ep. 149 - One Family, Many Paths

August 8th, 2019


In this talk from 1986, Ram Dass reflects on how we relate karmically within our family as we grow and our roles evolve.

Ep. 148 - Krishna and the Seeker

July 22nd, 2019


Ram Dass invokes lord Krishna as he discusses divine love versus worldly love, then leads a guided meditation where the seeker and guru become one.

Ep. 147 – Motives for Spiritual Practice

June 26th, 2019


In this talk from 1976, Ram Dass reflects on the motives for spiritual practice that can liberate us or keep us stuck in our own egos.

Ep. 146 - A Journey Into Innocence

June 12th, 2019


In this talk from 1983, Ram Dass reflects on the journey into innocence and uninhibited loving compassion that we all share.

Ep. 145 – Here We Are

May 16th, 2019


In this continuing talk from 1992, Ram Dass explores how we can best navigate the situation of this incarnation here on Earth that we find ourselves in.

Ep. 144 – Accepting How It Is

April 25th, 2019


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 …

Ep. 143 – Awareness is the Sky

April 3rd, 2019


Buckle in for a classic talk from Ram Dass that dives deep into the concept of awareness, and the disruptive phenomena of the attractions and aversions born from karma.

Ep. 142 – It’s All Yoga

March 14th, 2019


In this talk, Ram Dass shares a lesson on the liberating practice of service and how we can turn everything in our life into a practice of yoga.

Ep. 141 – Practice Makes Perfect

February 21st, 2019


Ram Dass shares a reflection on the different kinds of spiritual practice available to us and looks at how they each offer the potential to liberate or keep us trapped in our egos.

Ep. 140 – Changing Cultural Myths

January 31st, 2019


In this talk from 1993, Ram Dass reflects on our ever-evolving cultural myths and how we can shift our awareness beyond these narratives.

Ep. 139 – Waking Up In This Lifetime

January 10th, 2019


In this early talk, from 1970, Ram Dass talks about the methods of purification necessary for waking up in this lifetime, illuminates the traps that lie within these methods and explores what is waiting for us in the …

Ep. 138 – We’re All Just Saving Each Other’s Asses

December 21st, 2018


Ram Dass is joined live on stage by Krishna Das and Raghu Markus for a conversation that explores generosity as a path of practice and the value of being part of a community that supports each other on their spiritual …

Ep. 137 – The Importance of Inner Social Action

November 29th, 2018


Ram Dass is joined by Noah and Raghu Markus for a conversation about meeting injustice with compassion and the importance of inner social action.

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Ep. 136 – How to Inhabit Roles Lightly with Joy and Emptiness

November 10th, 2018


In this talk from 1995, Ram Dass looks at how we can fully inhabit our roles with joy and emptiness instead of taking ourselves so seriously.

Find …

Ep. 135 – Creation, Creativity and Spirituality

October 18th, 2018


Ram Dass explores one of the most difficult teachings he was given by Maharaj-ji, accepting the perfection of the unfolding all things, and explores …

Ep. 134 – Relationships and Living Impeccably

September 26th, 2018


In this talk from 1981, Ram Dass explores the fierce but liberating path of relationships that bring us to a place where we can become one with another person.

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Ep. 133 – Walking Each Other Home with Mirabai Bush

September 4th, 2018


Mirabai Bush and Raghu Markus join Ram Dass to celebrate the release of Ram Dass and Mirabai’s new book, Walking Each Other Home, and share a …

Ep. 132 - The Roots of Suffering

August 9th, 2018


In this talk from 1994, Ram Dass investigates the many roots of suffering and how our perception shapes our experience of that suffering.

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Ep. 131 - Navigating the Journey

July 18th, 2018


On this episode of the Here and Now Podcast, Ram Dass and Raghu answer questions from members of the community around some of the difficulties and …

Ep. 130 - The Spiritual Path

June 29th, 2018


In this talk from 1976, Ram Dass takes an honest look at the cycles of liberation experienced on the spiritual path. 


Ep. 129 - Generosity

June 7th, 2018


Ram Dass sits down for a conversation with Raghu Markus around generosity and sharing the gifts of spiritual life.

Ep. 128 - Become Impeccable

May 17th, 2018


In this talk from 1989, Ram Dass explores what is needed to become impeccable with whatever we are handed karmically in our lives. 

Ep. 127 - What Survives?

April 26th, 2018


This time on the Here and Now Podcast, Ram Dass explores the question of what survives after death.

Ep. 126 - The Miracle of Maharaji with Larry Brilliant

April 5th, 2018


Ram Dass is joined by Larry Brilliant for a conversation about the miracle that was Maharaj-ji and how we can bring the love and compassion that he radiated into the world.

Ep. 125 - Embracing the Mystery

March 8th, 2018


In this 1993 talk from the Omega Institute, Ram Dass explores methods of embracing the mystery of life through selflessness and service.  


Ep. 124 - Restoring Harmony

February 16th, 2018


In this talk from 1980, Ram Dass invites us to bring all aspects of our lives into harmony by integrating the different planes of our awareness. 


Ep. 123 - Fear and the Journey of Awakening

January 25th, 2018


In this talk from 1991, Ram Dass discusses encountering fear and working through difficult moments along the journey of awakening.



Ep. 122 - Altered Traits: Science and Meditation w/ Danny Goleman

January 4th, 2018


Daniel Goleman and Raghu Markus join Ram Dass to talk about the power of meditation that they were exposed to in the East and what Western science …

Ep. 121 - Sharing Darshan

December 15th, 2017


In this talk from 1970, Ram Dass talks about what it means to share darshan from both the perspective of the devotee and the guru.

Ep. 120 - Dharmic Effort and Faith

November 21st, 2017


Ram Dass has a discussion with Raghu Markus about the fine line between efforts driven by ego and the dharmic efforts that, with faith, bring us closer towards merging into the spacious love that exists beyond duality.


Ep. 119 – A Sense of Change: Part 2

November 1st, 2017


On this episode of Here and Now, Ram Dass continues his discussion on how our spiritual practice affects our sense of change and how we respond to an impermanent reality.

Ep. 118 - A Sense of Change: Part 1

October 11th, 2017


On this episode of Here and Now, Ram Dass explores how our spiritual practice affects our sense of change and how we respond to an impermanent reality.


Ep. 117 – Being Mindful Now

September 20th, 2017


On this episode of Here and Now, Ram Dass reflects on the fundamentals of spiritual practice and being mindful. 


Ep. 116 - A Deeper Source

August 29th, 2017


On this episode of Here and Now, Ram Dass explores a deeper source of psychological neuroses and touches on some of the most crucial aspects of the …

Ep. 115 - Satsang and Taking Risks

August 9th, 2017


Ram Dass is joined by Rameshwar Das and Raghu Markus for a conversation around Satsang and taking risks.

Ep. 114 – Honor Our Incarnation

July 20th, 2017


On this episode of Here & Now, Ram Dass asks us to honor our incarnation and live on this plane as if “we” are all “us.”

Ram Dass talks about integrating a sense of oneness into all planes of consciousness, …

Ep. 113 - Wrestling with Uncertainty

June 28th, 2017


Ram Dass is joined by Raghu Markus for a conversation around wrestling with difficulties and uncertainty. 

From dogma to physical suffering to our own …

Ep. 112 - The Notion of Ego

June 7th, 2017


Recorded at Naropa University in 1974, Ram Dass joins Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, John Baker, Jim Green and Duncan Campbell for a conversation around the notion of ego and personal identification.

In this panel discussion, …

Ep. 111 - Ram Dass Receives the "True Secret Teaching"

May 17th, 2017


Ram Dass gives a moving talk on the Guru's grace and the story of how he received a true secret teaching from his own Guru.

Recorded in June 1973, Ram Dass leads a discussion around the concept of Dharma, or one's path …

Ep. 110 - Live Awake

April 27th, 2017


Live Awake; this special talk given at the 1994 Psychedelics Symposium at Chapman College follows Ram Dass's history and thoughts around …

Ep. 109 - The Five Invitations with Frank Ostaseski, Roshi Joan Halifax and Raghu Markus

April 5th, 2017


Ram Dass is joined by Roshi Joan Halifax, Raghu Markus and the author of “The Five Invitations,” Frank Ostaseski, to talk about his book and how death offers a path to radical transformation.

Frank Ostaseski is a leader …

Ep. 108 - Geography of the Journey

March 15th, 2017


In this rare talk, Ram Dass reports on the geography of the journey of awakening.

Ram Dass gives this talk not long after returning from India where he began to learn the geography of the journey. He describes the cycles …

Ep. 107 - The True Revolution

February 22nd, 2017


On this unique episode of Here and Now, Ram Dass discusses seeing God in all things and how the true revolution is found through the evolution of …

Ep. 106 - Who Are You?

January 30th, 2017


In this talk from 1976, Ram Dass talks about what we are beyond this lifetime and asks, "Who are you?" Time after time we have experienced a cycle of birth and death. Each time we are born into a new identity and cling …

Ep. 105 – Keeping our Quietness and Love

January 20th, 2017


Ram Dass and Raghu have a conversation around social action and keeping our quietness and love in 2017.

Ram Dass talks about balancing ourselves, social responsibility, why he puts President Trump on his puja (prayer) …

Ep. 104 - Mindfulness and Food

December 28th, 2016


Ram Dass is joined by a young Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield for a meaningful talk about mindfulness and food. This discussion is part of the …

Ep. 103 – Individual Differences

December 13th, 2016


In this lecture from 1974 at Naropa University, Ram Dass talks about our unhealthy preoccupation with our individual differences.   We grow up with the identity of a separate self, building an entire character around …

Ep. 102 - Soul Complex

November 9th, 2016


On this episode of Here and Now, Ram Dass has a Sunday hangout session with Raghu Markus. The two chat about the concept of the 'soul-complex', how …

Ep. 101 - Separation, Lust & Kali

October 19th, 2016


How would you answer the question of, "Who do you think YOU are?" You probably believe that you are somebody, but that somebody is the ego. On this …

Ep. 100 - Imagination, Faith, and Gratitude

September 28th, 2016


On this special 100th episode of Here and Now, Ram Dass and Raghu Markus talk about imagination, faith, and gratitude. Ram Dass teaches us to see through our own delusions that mislead us and weigh us down with fear. …

Ep. 99 - Being Here Now: An Odyssey into the Essential Teachings of Ram Dass

September 12th, 2016


Raghu introduces a new outstanding essential teachings course from Ram Dass entitled – Being Here Now: An Odyssey into the Essential Teachings of Ram Dass. After a deep dive into the Ram Dass audio archives, Raghu gives …

Ep. 98 - Spiritual Practices

August 26th, 2016


When it comes to Spiritual Practices, Ram Dass poses the question, “why do we practice?” Raghu reads a passage from The Wisdom Teachings and Good Wishes of the Adi-Buddha Samanta-Bhadra which poses that the reality …

Ep. 97 – Being Free Together

July 28th, 2016


Ram Dass talks about disturbing emotions that may arise is potential wisdom the moment you relax into your natural mind. Look directly into it, don’t …

Ep. 96 - Trust, Contentment and the Guru

July 5th, 2016


Raghu and Ram Dass do a live hang out on Skype. Raghu reminds Ram Dass of the first moment they met in Montreal  and how that moment defined a trust for him that led to meeting the Guru.  Ram Dass talks about his first …

Ep. 95 - Plumbing the Depths of the Mystery

June 2nd, 2016


Ram Dass talks about the value and limits of psychedelics – when they can enhance the spiritual path and when there can be risks. From ancient times there has been the idea of an elixir sometimes called Soma and the use …

Ep. 94 - Tracing our Spiritual Journey

April 8th, 2016


In tracing our spiritual journey, we have gone from a psychological, economic and political universe into a spiritual universe. And in the course of …

Ep. 93 - The Thinking Mind

March 7th, 2016


Ram Dass illuminates the trap that many of us fall into as we grow up - which is the idea that we are our thoughts.
The more accurate view would be, …

Ep. 92 - Creating Our Universe

February 8th, 2016


Ram Dass brings up a meeting he had with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche during which Rinpoche said to him, "We have to accept responsibility,” to which Ram Dass replied, "God has all the responsibility,” and Rinpoche replied, …

Ep. 91 - More Profound Than Miracles

January 15th, 2016


Ram Dass tells the story of Maharaji arranging the reunion of a barber and his son by appearing in two places at one time and says, "More profound than miracles is the quality of His presence - His unconditional love …

Ep. 90 - Conscious Parenting

December 18th, 2015


The Bhagavad Gita says, “The greatest birth is in a family of Yogis.”
That would reflect people who are not caught so much in the illusion of …

Ep. 89 - Edge of the Mystery

December 5th, 2015


Ram Dass talks about being socialized out of any recognition of who we were. Everyone wants to believe they are who they think they are.
Through the use of psychedelics we recognized we'd been had.
Where your mind is in …

Ep. 88 - 'Love Everyone' Book Interviews

November 20th, 2015


On this special Here and Now podcast, we feature our new book ‘Love Everyone’, stories of the Westerners who heard about Neem Karoli Baba through …

Ep. 87 - Calling Down Grace

October 31st, 2015


Everybody that has asked to be free has called down upon themselves Grace; that is through their Guru, Guide,
Guardian Angel or Spiritual Friend. That being, whomever it may be, is your guide to liberation. This is …

Ep. 86 - Reality Of Who We Are

October 16th, 2015


It takes but a flick of a look in a person's eyes to see who it is you are to them. Which level of reality you exist upon. A conscious being has no attachment to any level, neither busy denying nor affirming, neither …

Ep. 85 - Dharmic Fire

September 25th, 2015


Ram Dass’s precise enquiry into the real nature of purification and liberation – jumping into your own individuated Dharmic fire, not ignoring your weaknesses and neuroses.  The bliss is one part, the reality of life on …

Ep. 84 - Smorgasborg

September 16th, 2015


Ram Dass takes a number of questions on how to navigate our paths in life. He talks about how to deal with fear and sit with it, watching our reactivity, wanting to create resistance against what we are afraid of. Allow …

Ep. 83 - Veil of Tears

September 1st, 2015


When we have any kind of mystical or ineffable experience, it upsets our apple cart. It upsets the security of our separateness. 
We get attached to our separateness and become afraid of losing it. And out of that comes …

Ep. 82 - From Boundaries to the Human Agenda

August 14th, 2015


Ram Dass takes questions from the audience on a variety of topics including letting go of boundaries, "What is the Guru?", psychedelics, methods as traps and the human agenda to name a few.
“Trust your intuitive heart - …

Ep. 81 - Implications of a True Spiritual Journey

July 31st, 2015


We keep closing off the door of entry to a higher state of consciousness because of the fear of the implications of a true spiritual journey. We have embarked on a game that is much more profound than we usually think …

Ep. 80 - Integrating Eastern Spirituality to the West

July 17th, 2015


The soil into which spirituality from the East was planted was not so rich in the early days. In India, everyone believes in re-incarnation and sees life from that perspective. In the West words like "Guru", "devotion" …

Ep. 79 - Danny Goleman and HH the Dalai Lama's Vision for the World

July 3rd, 2015


In this episode Ram Dass' satsang family Mirabai Bush, Raghu Markus and Danny Goleman hang out and talk about Danny's new book with HH Dalai Lama- A …

Ep. 78 - Awakening and Relationships

June 19th, 2015


When you begin to awaken, you are not coming from such a needy place when you enter into a relationship, not looking to “lock in” so quickly. Your need is still there as a human incarnation - but you are not so …

Ep. 77 - True Renunciation

June 5th, 2015


"Renunciation is internal dropout, not external dropout" This is often in direct contrast to the Western model of achievement oriented success. But we are not required to move off into a cave in order to find …

Ep. 76 - Predicaments on the Path

May 24th, 2015


Ram Dass answers questions from the audience on the predicament of Grace and Karma- the predicament of judging- the predicament of social responsibility. Also same sex relationships and the relation to divinity. “Only …

Ep. 75 - Tired of Being Should Upon

May 11th, 2015


Dan Ellsberg tries scare tactics to get Ram Dass to take social action. Ram Dass says –“In fact nuclear weaponry are out of balance with the way of …

Ep. 74 - The Heart Language

April 27th, 2015


In this wide ranging interview by Radio For Peace, Ram Dass talks about satsang/community and how it can uplift us as well as become a trap.
“The possibility is there in spiritual community to die into the truth. But …

Ep. 73 - Knocking on the Door of the Spiritual Heart

April 13th, 2015


In this podcast, Mickey Lemle, filmmaker and director of the Ram Dass documentary Fierce Grace, talks with Ram Dass about the power of storytelling.
Writing sometimes doesn’t allow spiritual concepts to come across …

Ep. 72 - Puja Chat with Lama Surya Das Part 1

March 31st, 2015


Surya Das joins Ram Dass for a puja side chat at Ram Dass' home on Maui. Surya Das is a bhakta as well as an American Lama. They explore questions like, "What is our true sadhana (spiritual practice)?" - "Are we egos or …

Ep. 71 - The Spark Behind the Veil

March 17th, 2015


How far do you have to go to get through the layers of psychology, of defenses, of personalities in order to get to the root of a being, behind those …

Ep. 70 - The Duality Enigma

March 5th, 2015


We are both separate and one. Creator and created. The question is, “Can we allow for free will and at the same time acknowledge that everything is determined?” The trick is to neither identify nor deny either of them.

Ep. 69 - The Confusion in the Paradox

February 19th, 2015


The confusion of the paradox you find yourself in is that you are in an incarnation that’s totally dedicated to the preservation of it’s own separateness, and at the same time you are awakening to the realization that …

Ep. 68 - Passing Show

January 31st, 2015


Forms are created and exist and disappear into the formless. Methods are the ship crossing the ocean of existence. You entrap yourself in them in order to burn out karma that keeps you from being free. You know that the …

Ep. 67 - Love and Incarnation

January 14th, 2015


As long as you perceive love as a verb, you are thinking of another person as a separate object to give love to. When we are truly in love, we are in …

Ep. 66 - Nobody Special

December 22nd, 2014


We can be the biggest somebody in the world when we have no attachment, but we have to start from somewhere, we can’t start out being nobody. The force of “somebody-ness” that develops the survival mechanisms (social, …

Ep. 65 - Helping Out

November 25th, 2014


Each of us has in us a psychic DNA memory of the quality of life in the Sat Yuga (the age of truth and purity), where people generally and naturally help each other. This represents an organic flowing of a healthy human …

Ep. 64 - Making Friends with Change

November 10th, 2014


Change is an opportunity for growth, but it requires consciousness that holds an inner quality of equanimity and openness to the unknown. A certain …

Ep. 63 - Soul Pod

October 22nd, 2014


Ram Dass hosts his long time Buddhist friends- Jack Kornfield, Catherine Ingram and Wes Nisker at his home in Maui for an intimate chat on their …

Ep. 62 - Reincarnation

September 29th, 2014


The whole design of your incarnation is like an incredible computer program that sets you into the exact life situations to move you forward towards …

Ep. 61 - It's All Grace

September 9th, 2014


The meaning of honoring Shiva is to give space to ALL of the forces of the universe. To recognize them all, to allow them to be, to not try to shove anything under the rug. It's all Grace: sickness, fatigue, pleasure, …

Ep. 60 - Reaching for God

August 14th, 2014


All spiritual practice ultimately becomes the preparation of your body, your heart, and your mind to receive God. The path of going into God, in …

Ep. 59 - Desire is the Universe

July 25th, 2014


Desire is a trap; desirelessness is liberation. Desire is the creator; desire is the destroyer. Desire is the universe.

Ep. 58 - Stages of the Journey

June 27th, 2014


Our Journey is towards simplicity and quietness - to a kind of joy that is beyond time - a journey where we leave behind all our models of who we are.

Ep. 57 - Living and Dying in the Spirit

June 9th, 2014


You build your life so that every moment is the moment of death and rebirth. Because life and death become so intimately involved with one another …

Ep. 56 - Orgasm and Transcendence

May 16th, 2014


At the moment of orgasm, you transcend your separateness and there is a moment when you merge together. For most people that is the direct route to a spiritually transcendent state. What you learn to do in a lot of yoga …

Ep. 55 - Sex and Spirituality

April 23rd, 2014


The more evolved you become spiritually, the less boundaries there are between my energy and THE energy. When your energy is used in a way that is …

Ep. 54 - Invite not the Future

March 17th, 2014


Can we take anticipated future suffering and turn it into something that enriches the present moment?
For those of us who want to approach future …

Ep. 53 - Devotion and the Guru

February 26th, 2014


The Guru as a separate entity only exists within the illusion of separateness - the minute “it" has worked to awaken you - “it" ceases to be anything. It’s a self destruct mechanism.

Ep. 52 - Transcending Individual Differences

January 31st, 2014


When you are no longer laying trips on anyone, not judging, or discriminating individual differences, you become the environment in which the optimum growth is available to all human beings you come into contact with.

Ep. 51 - Greed & Consciousness

January 16th, 2014


Most people in society are pushing away experiences that indicate that they have an identity on other planes of reality, in order to hold tightly to …

Ep. 50 - Sharon Salzberg Pt. 2: Loving Kindness

December 16th, 2013


"Loving kindness is the spirit of friendship toward yourself." - Sharon Salzberg
"Interdependence is not romantic, but it's the truth of things - that our lives have something to do with one another." - Sharon Salzberg

Ep. 49 - Sharon Salzberg

November 27th, 2013


There are tools and techniques that one can make use of to have a happier life - and these tools do not require a belief system. It’s about the …

Ep. 48 - Living the Mystery

November 8th, 2013


The process is realizing that you and I exist on more than one plane of awareness simultaneously and on one plane suffering stinks, and on another …

Ep. 47 - Universal Energy and Miracles

October 25th, 2013


What's awesome is the amount of energy that is available to a human being. The paradox is, as long as you are a somebody you are dealing with a finite amount of energy that is able to function through somebody-ness. …

Ep. 46 - And That, Too.

September 30th, 2013


Our journey is about totally embracing life, but doing it with non-attachment. By embracing the ten thousand horrible visions and the ten thousand …

Ep. 45 - Conspiracy of Consciousness Pt. 2

August 27th, 2013


How do we bring spirituality and business together? How do we bring sustainability and justice into business? We must fulfill our roles to use them …

Ep. 44 - Conspiracy of Consciousness Pt. 1

August 14th, 2013


How can we look at our life experience in a way that liberates us from suffering and liberates those who we come into contact with from suffering? We begin to see our life experiences as Grace - as a set of …

Ep. 43 - Bringing it all Back Home

July 18th, 2013


We have built such a habitual structure of self definition on this plane of reality. That is the model you impose with your self definition of …

Ep. 42 - Community and the Spiritual Quest

July 2nd, 2013


Community is when human beings come together in the shelter of each other. We are a community of beings acknowledging the dual intention of working on ourselves as an offering to others, and working with others as a way …

Ep. 41 - Return to the West

June 11th, 2013


Ram Dass realized that the Western religious traditions weren't profound enough to connect people to their inner selves, they didn't provide man with …

Ep. 40 - Trungpa Rinpoche Pt. 2

June 11th, 2013


Ram Dass interviews Trungpa Rinpoche at the Dharma Festival in 1973.

Ep. 39 - Trungpa Rinpoche Pt. 1

May 28th, 2013


Ram Dass talks about his relationship with the great Tibetan Lama, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Includes detailed moments with Trungpa and Ram Dass at different events and venues in the early 70’s where Trungpa was …

Ep. 38 - Swimming with Dolphins

April 24th, 2013


Swimming with the dolphins connected me immediately to my intuitive heart space. They were a mirror of non-judgmental awareness that reminded me of …

Ep. 37 - Alduous Huxley

April 9th, 2013


Alduous Huxley preceded Ram Dass and Tim Leary in explorations of the remote frontiers of the mind and unmapped areas of human consciousness. In doors of perception, Huxley studied the profound effects of mind-expanding …

Ep. 36 - Promises and Pitfalls Pt. 3

March 25th, 2013


The spiritual journey is a different path than what you thought you were on. It's very hard to make the transition to that path because we tend to take the power from the spiritual work we do to make our lives "nice" - …

Ep. 35 - Promises and Pitfalls Pt. 2

March 8th, 2013


The quality of a really good teacher is rascalism. All you need to know is this: If you want to be free, use the teacher to the fullest extent. Their …

Ep. 34 - Promises and Pitfalls Pt. 1

February 22nd, 2013


Ram Dass talks about the promises and the pitfalls of the spiritual path, and the shift of reality that happened in the sixties that was predicated by psychedelics. This shift blew apart the traditional religious …

Ep. 33 - Love Beyond Time's Reach

February 14th, 2013


Being in the presence of dying people keeps me close to the edge of my own awakening. Love touches time and turns it to dust. Love is beyond the reach of time.
-Ram Dass

Ep. 32 - Battle Between Mind and Heart

January 28th, 2013


There's another way of being in the universe. The Chinese call it "the heart mind" or as we may call it "the intuitive mind." Rather than knowing through dualistic means or thinking about it, one subjectively merges …

Ep. 31 - Aging and the Awakening

January 18th, 2013


The nature of aging is change. We are fascinated by watching that which changes. When change starts to happen to who we think we are, the fascination turns into fear. We are living in a system that is out of balance; …

Ep. 30 - Risk Being Human

January 5th, 2013


What we offer each other is our truth, which includes all of our "stuff." We have to allow ourselves to be human. The way to the truth is through …

Ep. 29 - Personality and Emotions

December 21st, 2012


One cultivates spaciousness or awareness which allows you to acknowledge the emotions and see them as part of the human condition. Emotions are like …

Ep. 28 - Human Heart

November 30th, 2012


Media can destroy the message in the way it delivers it, similarly, as long as I have a price I am transmitting fear, because I have something to lose. The minute I have no price, I can transmit perfect joy of presence …

Ep. 27 - Spirituality and Politics

November 24th, 2012


The world is a reflection of our internal state; if we dwell on turmoil, anger and confusion then that's how the world will be perceived to the individual. You have to work on yourself first before you can effectively …

Ep. 26 - Reflections on Suffering Pt. 2

November 8th, 2012


Raghu reveals an interesting confession about an LSD experience he had involving the death of his ego and the birth of a very specific concern. Ram …

Ep. 25 - Reflections on Suffering Pt. 1

October 29th, 2012


The clinging of mind is the cause of suffering. Suffering gives you clues to the ways you are clinging, and we make the nature of things our enemy. If you are going to be available for someone else's suffering you have …

Ep. 24 - Rama Rama

October 19th, 2012


A guru is somebody who is a pure mirror, so pure that when you meet that being you immediately see where you are caught.
Ram Dass talks about the mirror of the guru, mentioning "I know more than I understand, and I'm …

Ep. 23 - Shiva's Dance of Life

October 10th, 2012


Ram Dass teaches us the mantra "aditya rdiyam punyam sari shatru bena shenam" meaning "All evil vanishes from life for him who keeps the sun in his heart." 
When you understand that thought comes from the space of the …

Ep. 22 - How May I Serve You?

October 3rd, 2012


How may I serve you in the journey we are all on to come to the light? That's the only possibility we have as humans.
As Hanuman said in the Ramayana "When the cloud of duality covers me I serve Ram. When the cloud is …

Ep. 21 - Energy

September 19th, 2012


As long as you are somebody you are dealing with finite energy. Tuning into higher energy is not possible if ego is present. The secret to tuning into higher energy is that you get it all when there is no "you" to …

Ep. 20 - Embracing it All

September 12th, 2012


Turn off your mind and float downstream. Embrace the ten thousand horrible visions and the ten thousand beautiful ones. Embrace it all. Ram Dass …

Ep. 19 - Karma Yogi

September 4th, 2012


Karma Yoga is the transformation of being that is based on your daily work in the world. Raghu describes this talk from Ram Dass, which was recently discovered in our media archives from 1974 when Ram Dass was …

Ep. 18 - Indian Stories

August 28th, 2012


Ram Dass tells stories of his experiences in India that expanded his consciousness and allowed him to see the 
true potential of human beings. The …

Ep. 17 – Yoga of Relationships

August 23rd, 2012


Ram Dass talks about cultivating loving truth in intimate relationships, and how the yoga of relationships is perhaps the hardest yoga to practice. 

Ep. 16 – Little Shmoos

August 15th, 2012


Ram Dass talks about the somebody training we all go through in life, and how he turned his big, frightening neuroses into friendly, little Shmoos.

Ep. 15 – Samadhi

August 9th, 2012


Ram Dass takes us on a journey outside of time and space as he explores the trance-like state known as Samadhi and what it might be like to be the guru.

Ep. 14 – Meditation

August 1st, 2012


In this talk from 1969, Ram Dass shares several meditation methods to help go behind the rational mind to the next state of consciousness.

Ep. 13 – Fast Forward

July 24th, 2012


Fast forward from 1974 to the present-day – though the year has changed, the questions asked of Ram Dass during this recording of the 'Love Serve Remember’ box set are as relevant as ever.

Ep. 12 - Behind it All

July 18th, 2012


Raghu takes his friend Krishna Das to visit Maharaji, who gives a teaching on the oneness of all traditions. Ram Dass talks about going behind our personalities and individual incarnation and karma back to the source of …

Ep. 11 - Letting it All Go

July 10th, 2012


While in India, Ram Dass becomes angry at the Westerners, and Maharaji tells him to give up anger and that he would help him to release it. In his …

Ep. 10 – Through Illusions

July 3rd, 2012


On this episode of the Here and Now Podcast, Ram Dass talks about seeing through illusions of the ego while still carrying the burden of one’s personality through life.

Ep. 09 – The Tibetan Lama and the Rational Mind

June 19th, 2012


This time on the Here and Now Podcast, Ram Dass discusses the seductiveness of the rational mind and explores another option we have for interacting with the world.

Ep. 08 – It's All One

June 12th, 2012


Ram Dass examines the interconnection between faiths and breaks down one of Maharaj-ji’s most essential teachings: ‘Sub Ek’ – it’s all one.

Ep. 07 – The Veil

June 5th, 2012


On this episode of the Here and Now Podcast, Ram Dass examines our perception of identity and asks us to look beyond the veil of illusion between our true selves and who we think we are.

Ep. 06 – The Four Noble Truths

May 29th, 2012


On this episode of the Here and Now Podcast, Ram Dass teaches the Buddha’s Four Noble Truths and shares the lessons he was taught about overcoming desire while in India.

Ep. 05 – Darshan

May 22nd, 2012


Ram Dass relays some of the teachings around darshan, renunciation, shakti, violence, and truthfulness that he received in his many months of study …

Ep. 04 – Guru Found

May 15th, 2012


Now, with his guru found, Ram Dass continues on with the most difficult part of his journey for truth – the journey within.

Ep. 03 – In Limbo in India

May 8th, 2012


On this episode of the Here and Now Podcast, Ram Dass talks about being in limbo in India in his search for the answers he came for.

We hear about the transformative lessons Ram Dass learned from one of the last people …

Ep. 02 – Journey to the East

May 1st, 2012


Ram Dass talks about the mental and physical trials he experienced before traveling to India after he was fired from Harvard, and about embarking on his journey to the East to find his Guru. 

Ep. 01 – First Meeting

April 11th, 2012


Welcome to the First Meeting of the Here and Now Podcast with Ram Dass!

Never heard of Ram Dass? Picked up a copy of Be Here Now and want to explore …

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