Ram Dass visits the Casa by Catalina O'Brien Ely, May 2003
Through the years Ram Dass has served others through various projects and organizations that he helped form such as the Seva Foundation. His books, lectures, classes and retreats have been a favorite for those on the spiritual path.
In 1997 Ram Dass suffered a nearly fatal stroke that left his right side paralyzed. Though confined to a wheelchair, Ram Dass continued to travel and share the teachings and lessons of the spiritual journey. In India Ram is a name of God, but Ram Dass would bring much laughter to his classes when he would announce that RAM stood for "Rent A Mouth" as he realized that he was God's instrument to be a mouth/voice for us all.
Hearing about João and the Casa from a few friends, Ram Dass sought me to be his guide. The meeting between Ram Dass and medium João was very sweet. João walked up to Ram Dass in wheelchair and placed his hand on Ram Dass's heart in a gesture of love and blessing. When Ram Dass went before João-in-entity, the entity told him on two occasions, "I know you. I know you well."
Ram Dass had various spiritual experiences in the current room including seeing the entities. Through much of our 2-week journey, Ram Dass was in ecstasy. He exclaimed that he had not felt that kind of spiritual energy since he had been in India with his guru. When asked if he had been healed he replied yes. He noted there is a difference between being cured, which takes one back to how one was, and being healed, which brings one closer to God. Ram Dass was filled with such divine love and ecstasy at the Casa and feels it was a worthwhile experience despite the fact he is still physically confined, at least at this moment, to his wheelchair.
For tapes, books, etc. by Ram Dass, please visit: www.RamDassTapes.org