A personal blog by a graying (mostly Anglo with light African-American roots) gay leftist leaning liberal progressive fit married college-educated former Baha'i NPR-listening Professor Emeritus now following the Dharma from California to Minas Gerais, Brasil.
times of trial, one must learn to endure whatever may come and thereby strengthen and improve oneself. After all, it is only the person who has
experienced the cold of winter who can savor and enjoy fully the warm
sunshine of spring.
Spiritual philosopher Ram Dass died December 22
in Hawaii. He was 88. Born Richard Alpert, he was a clinical
psychologist but a trip to India, and experimentation with LSD in the
late 60s, set his life on a different path. He published several
motivational and inspiring books, including The Only Dance There Is, and How Can I Help? Compassion in Action.
A stroke in 1997 left him disabled, but he continued his work, saying
his health challenges only led him to look even further inward into the
spiritual heart of life.
Actress Helen Hunt was among those to mourn his passing. She posted a
photo of herself to Instagram with one of his quotes on the subject of
“Dying is the most important thing you do in your life. It’s the great
frontier for every one of us. And loving is the art of living as a
preparation for dying. Allowing ourselves to dissolve into the ocean of
love is not just about leaving this body; it is also the route to
Oneness and unity with our own inner being, the souls, while we are
still here. If you know how to live and to love, you know how to die.”