Movie Review: Ram Dass, Going Home
Documentary – Ram Dass, Going Home
This short, poetic documentary gives us a glimpse into the peaceful and intentional daily routine of the spiritual master: Ram Dass. Ram Dass shares his poignant insights on life and death, as he courageously and intentionally encounters the last few years of his life. Ram Dass has come to embody the kind of acceptance and graceful non-attachment extolled by Buddhism. After suffering a stroke in 1997, Ram Dass was partially paralyzed and experienced expressive aphasia (a common side effect of a stroke or damage to the left hemisphere of the brain), which has compromised his ability to utilize verbal language easily. Interestingly, Ram Dass has regarded the occasion of his stroke with radical gratitude. He refers to the event as essential to his spiritual awakening, wherein his priorities, values, and principles have become that much more clear for him. A consequence of the expressive aphasia, he now speaks with an angelic slow pace; the pace of a man who has learned to choose his words wisely. Ram Dass seems always to find the most simple and beautiful way to express spiritual phenomena that are universally perplexing and hard to articulate.
Somehow, by embracing the fleeting reality of life, Ram Dass has become empowered to create an environment and routine unburdened by inconsequential details. The world that we get to see in this film is carefully curated by a man who is aware of his limited time on Earth and who chooses to occupy his hours with only what he finds to be spiritually fundamental to his well-being. He lives in a beautiful home in Maui, where he has plenty of time for deep meditations, swimming in the ocean (one of his favorite activities), and being surrounded by friends, family, and devotional music. It’s inspiring to see this example of a different rhythm of life, one that feels slightly more sustainable and human. What would our hours be filled with if we decided to dedicate ourselves to peace and honor the practices that truly bring us joy? If you watch this film and fall in love with this man (I dare you not to fall in love), you can also receive daily doses of his wisdom and glimpses into his ocean playdates via Instagram (he’s pretty active).
The documentary is available on Netflix.
About the Author:
Dr. Arezou Ghane is a health psychologist, yoga instructor, dancer, and founder of Auteur Health and Wellness. Her passion is to share her love of movement and the science of wellbeing to support others seeking to live healthy and intentional lives.
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