A Heavy Curriculum: Ram Dass

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‘If somebody is a problem for you, it’s not that they should change, it’s that you need to change. If they’re a problem for themselves that’s their karma, if they’re causing you trouble that’s your problem on yourself. So, in other words when Christ is crucified, he says “forgive them, they don’t know what they’re doing”, they’re not a problem for him, he’s trying to get them out of being a problem for themselves, because he’s clear. Your job is to clear yourself. In ideal situations you would clear yourself within the situation, but very often it’s too thick and you can’t do that.

Now, what you do then is you pull back and you do the stuff you do in the morning or at night before you go to work, you do the stuff on weekends, you do the stuff that quiets you down and then each time you go into the situation to where you have to work, you lose it again. And then you go home and you see how you lost it, and you examine it, and then you go the next day and you lose it again, and you go home and you keep a little diary “how did I lose it today”, and you saw that, and then you go and you do it again, and after a while as you’re starting to lose it you don’t buy in so much. You start to watch the mechanics of what it is that makes you lose it all the time.

If I’m not appreciated, that’s your problem that you don’t appreciate me. Unless I need your love, then it’s my problem. So my needs are what are giving you the power over me. Those people’s power over you to take you out of your equanimity and love and consciousness has to do with your own attachments and clingings of mind. That’s your work on yourself, that’s where you need to meditate more, it’s where you need to reflect more, it’s where you need a deeper philosophical framework, it’s where you need to cultivate the witness more, it’s where you need to work on practicing opening your heart more in circumstances that aren’t optimumThis is your work. You were given a heavy curriculum, that’s it. There’s no blame, it’s not even wrong, it’s just what you’re given. You hear what I’m saying? It’s interesting. Can you all hear that one?’

-Ram Dass, Summer 1989

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4 thoughts on “A Heavy Curriculum: Ram Dass

  1. Mrs. Zen…this was full of so much..so many things that were just wow..really a curriculum. I found myself still going back to the first two links.. that took you to..
    Let It Change..and Are You Carrying Other’s Karma..I really got so much out of them both but the second one, wow!
    The entire thing is just really full of so much..I will have to keep coming back..I wonder if because I was stuck on the first two I am a beginner..ha! That is what I thought..as it continued it got very deep.. or if it just tells something about where you are in the moment! hmm..maybe I am learning something 🙂
    but the second link was so powerful to me..thank you so much for this..
    xxx love to you CC

    • Oh and you’re not a ‘beginner’ nor are others ‘advanced’. You’re where you’re at and that’s precisely where you’re meant to be! We all have different strengths and weaknesses in different areas and skills. Love to you! 💓💓💓

  2. You know I almost didn’t share this CC because it is indeed ‘heavy’ and I myself struggle with a lot of it, especially the first paragraph. I’m not very familiar with it at all but it’s something I think I can slowly work on. As you say, that second link is really powerful, I think it’s brilliantly straight forward. 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 I’ve printed it and it’s something I go back to.

    I’m so glad you got something from this too! Thanks for reading, I was convinced no one would be interested in this post! 😝

  3. I saved the whole thing and printed the second link out so I could read it often.
    I only skipped the crucifixion link. But that is personal trigger. I thought this was an awesome post. Something for everyone.
    xxx CC

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