If you have been a student of mine for awhile, or reader of these Letters, you will have at some stage encountered my love for the teacher Ram Dass. I was in London, at the Jivamukti yoga studio and the teacher played this beautiful track that included the lyrics ‘om mani padme hum’ which is a Tibetan mantra that Ram Dass held close in his studies and teachings. I had the weirdest visceral experience listening to this track and thinking of him as I lay in shivasana, On leaving the class, within a few hours, news of his passing came through online. At at time like now, when the world feels uncertain and chaotic, I find refuge in his teachings. His seminal book Be Here Now is beautiful, but I prefer his recorded talks, the book Paths To God, Grist For The Mill and How Can I Help. And recently his biography came out, Being Ram Dass which is a lovely listen over Audible.
His key message was that of his teacher Maharaji, Love Everything. Even the bits that you think you can’t love. The parts of yourself, the parts of the world, the parts in other people, the events you think shouldn’t be happening. Love it all.
I just felt it was a timely message, and if you’re feeling in need of inspiration, Ram Dass could be your guy. Also, yesterday’s Letter which you can read HERE might also throw some light and perspective.