In this video, Ram Dass (1931-2019) speaks of change, and how it affects us all.
In how good terms are you with the term change in your lfe?
I got a stroke, and it changed my life.
Changes seen in yourself are: changes in motivation, changes in role, like a mother who has an ego investment in her motherdom – and all the fledglings have left the nest and she can’t fulfil that role.
You’re cute, and then you are not cute – and then you are cute again…
You’re sexy – and it’s gone.
There’s an interesting story in that vein:
A man walks along and hears somebody saying, “Would you help me?”
And he looks around – he can’t see anybody – and he starts to walk again.
“Can you help me?”
And then he sees a frog.
He feels very silly, that man, but he says to the frog, “Did you speak to me?”
“Yes! Could you help me?”
The frog then says, “I am under a curse, and… if you would kiss me I will turn into a lovely lady that will warm your bed, and cook for you and sing for you.”
And the man picks up the frog and sticks it in his pocket, and then the frog says, “You forgot to kiss me!”
The man said, “At my stage of life, I’d rather own a talking frog.”
Each of you finds changes in your life and will blurt them out.
In this group there have been changes: changes in self-image, changes in body, changes in people you’ve gone with.
You haven’t yet faced the major change: death.
That’s the one that’s…
Ram Dass (9 April 1931 – 22 December 2019) was an American spiritual teacher, academic and clinical psychologist, and author of many books, including the seminal 1971 book Be Here Now. He was well-known for his association with Timothy Leary at Harvard University in the early 1960s, both having been dismissed from their professorships for experiments on the effects of psychedelic drugs. He later accepted a permanent position at Harvard, where he worked with the Social Relations Department, the Psychology Department, the Graduate School of Education, and the Health Service, where he was a therapist. He was also awarded research contracts with Yale and Stanford.
Ram Dass was known for his travels to India, in the early 1960s, and his relationship with Neem Karoli Baba, and for founding the charitable organizations Seva Foundation and Hanuman Foundation. He continued to teach, via his website; produced a podcast, with support from 1440 Multiversity; and pursued mobile app development through the Be Here Now network and the Love, Serve, Remember Foundation. ramdass.org