Sacred Odyssey: Seeking Freedom with Ram Dass

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A 1990 return visit with the spiritual pilgrim whose personal journey for more than four decades has served as a reflective mirror for so many. He speaks about where he is now in his life, how methods are traps, overcoming fear in the midst of change, spiritual potential, the true source of change, facing adversity, the challenge of doing good, the possibility of compassion, and a great deal more. Ram Dass shares himself deeply and profoundly. This is a remarkably prescient dialogue, which will surprise and delight you. Ram Dass first went to India in 1967. He was still Dr. Richard Alpert, an already eminent Harvard psychologist and psychedelic pioneer with Dr.Timothy Leary. He had continued his psychedelic research until that fateful Eastern trip in 1967, when he traveled to India. In India, he met his guru, Neem Karoli Baba, affectionately known as Maharajji, who gave Ram Dass his name, which means "servant of God." (hosted by Michael Toms)


On February 19th 1997, Ram Dass suffered a near-fatal stroke, which left him paralyzed on the right side of his body, and expressive aphasia limiting his ability to speak, along with other challenging ailments. The after effects of the stroke have once again changed his life, and vastly altered his day, but he has been able to resume teaching and continues to share and teach. In 2004, following a life threatening infection, Ram Dass was forced to curtail travel and focus on recovering his health. He now resides on Maui, where he shares satsang, kirtan, and where he can amplify the healing process in the air and waters of Hawaii. His work continues to be a path of teaching and inspiration to so many.

He's authored many books including:

  • Be Here Now (Lama Foundation 1971)
  • Miracle of Love (Dutton 1979)
  • Still Here: Embracing Aging, Changing, and Dying (Riverhead 2001),
  • Paths to God: Living the Bhagavad Gita (Three Rivers Press 2005)

The Internet is a new vehicle for Ram Dass to share his being

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • Why methods are traps
  • Why change is a treat
  • Where does the center of change reside
  • How do you honor the deepest truth you know
  • What is the worst mistake
Host: Michael Toms         Interview Date: 3/22/1989         Program Number: 2186