"When I got involved with Seva, it was like putting on an outfit that multiplied my capacity to be involved with the relief of suffering a thousand-fold. Because this group had such extraordinary diversity of skills and talents and preoccupations, if you will. And we were able at the same moment to do something that was sophisticated scientifically, and that was financially large-scale and responsible and at the same moment be involved with the individual human heart."
– Ram Dass
In 1978, along with Larry Brilliant, Girija Brilliant, Wavy Gravy, Jahanara Romney and Suzanne Gilbert, Ram Dass co-founded Seva.
Ram Dass was the thread that love so many disparate gems together in a necklace that was Seva.
He was the frequent partner-in-crime to counter-culture clown Wavy Gravy and a spiritual traveler to Dr. V.
He was the combatant-in-chief and mutual foil to Seva co-founder Nicole Grasset.
He was a friend to Larry and Girija Brilliant, Jahanara Romney and Suzanne Gilbert.
With his help and spiritual guidance, Seva has helped over 40 million people in over 20 countries receive sight-saving vision care.
"To Seva, he was co-founder, architect, spiritual Northstar – and servant, teacher, friend, and it may seem strange, super fundraiser."
– Drs. Girija and Larry Brilliant, Seva co-founders
"Ram Dass's journey has been a search for love and for finding a way to stay in the space of love once he experienced it. Ram Dass was always loving, but now he is love."
– Mirabai Bush
"Ram Dass's lasting legacy is his commitment to a life of compassionate service and to a higher consciousness centered around love.
…It is interesting that Ram Dass died not long after the sun began to return with more light for the world."
– Steve Rhodes
"This servant of God
Whose light burned bright on Maui
Now illuminates eternity"
– Wavy Gravy
Ram Dass lived his life with generosity, beauty, and love, setting a high standard for Seva as we strive to end avoidable blindness through partnerships worldwide.
Ram Dass's legacy lives on in the millions of people who have had their sight restored, and the millions more who will.
We celebrate his life today and every day.
"The ego, this incarnation, is life and dying.
The soul is infinite."
– Ram Dass
In loving memory, Ram Dass.
Ram Dass exemplifies and gives voice to the spiritual motivation of Seva’s work, the notion of "selfless service." Ram Dass continues his selfless service to the family of humankind by sharing his reflections on the end of life through an upcoming Netflix documentary and a new book, co-authored by fellow Seva founder Mirabai Bush.
On March 4th, more than twelve hundred Seva supporters joined together at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center in Kahului, Hi for Sing Out For Sight. A spectacular benefit concert to honor Seva's beloved co-founder Ram Dass.
"When I got involved with Seva, it was like putting on an outfit that multiplied my capacity to be involved with the relief of suffering a thousandfold, because this group has such extraordinary diversity of skills, and talents, and preoccupations if you will." - Ram Dass
Seva Foundation co-founder and Lifetime Board member, Ram Dass, tells the story of Seva's founding in 1978. Also, Larry and Girija Brilliant, Wavy Gravy and other Seva co-founders discuss the spiritual motivations for their work.
Honor Ram Dass by making a special donation to Seva and watch a 2-minute video as he speaks about having compassion for the global family of humanity.
We remember Ram Dass for his compassion, selfless service, and most importantly, love. The impact Ram Dass has made for millions of people around the world, and generations yet to even come, has not gone unnoticed.
Tens of thousands of us came to celebrate and remember the life of our beloved friend Ram Dass on Friday, January 31, 2020.
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