Be Here Now - by Ram Dass

my notes:
After all, if you see yourself as God and then you come back from this state and somebody says, “Hey, Sam, empty the garbage!” it catches you back into the model of “I’m Sam who empties the garbage.” You can’t maintain these new kinds of structures. It takes a while to realize that God can empty garbage.

Once you realize God knows everything, you’re free.

If a pickpocket meets a saint, he sees only his pockets.

When your center is firm it doesn't matter what company you keep. All beings are on the evolutionary journey of consciousness. They differ only to the degree that the veil of illusion clouds their vision. 

In the course of your journey it is most likely that your day-to-day companions or friends may change. Some may fall away as your interest in the Spirit pulls you from the worldly interest which brought or kept you together, but new friends who share your current interests will appear. Of course, some of your existing relationships will move easily into this new domain and the relationship will become deeper and calmer

That desire to proselytize is a reflection of your lack of wisdom. Only some can hear or awaken in this lifetime. No blame.

Your attachments are only to the coverings, and as long as you are attached to someone else’s covering you are stuck, and you keep them stuck, in that attachment.

Truth gets you high. Lies bring you down. 

Keeping it together means keeping conscious at all levels with no attachment to any of them.

If you set an alarm clock and get up early to get some work done, who you are when the alarm goes off is not who you were the night before. You might even say, “Who the %X**!! set that alarm clock?” A moment’s reflection will show you that you play many roles in the course of a day . . . and that who you are from moment to moment changes.

Most of the time the inner voices of most people are continually evaluative. You must make that evaluative role an object of contemplation. Keep in mind that it does not care if you become enlightened or not.

When we say “I fell in love” with him or her you are saying that he or she was the key that unlocked your heart—the place within yourself where you are love.

Sometimes it is not the beauty of the voice but the purity of the spirit of the singer that is revered. It was only when music was profaned that it became a vehicle for gratification of the senses. Prior to that it was a method of communion with the Spirit.

The heart-mind is not the ego. Our ego is a changing bundle of thoughts about who we think we are.

All I am is loving awareness. It means that wherever I look, anything that touches my awareness will be loved by me. That loving awareness is the most fundamental “I.”

Souls love. That’s what souls do. Egos don’t, but souls do. Become a soul, look around, and you’ll be amazed—all the beings around you are souls. Be one, see one.