A Letter from Ram Dass

This is a beautiful letter written by Ram Dass to a couple whose daughter Rachel died. I could not say this at first ... in 1990, when my daughter Erin died ... then, I may have shrugged my shoulders after reading it and thought “He does not know the pain. If he did, he would not write those things," but now, 20+ years later, due to all the "healing work I have done" ~ I have chosen to believe that everything Ram Dass says is true. 

I believe it. 

Rory and Erin (and Trici, too) finished all that they had come to earth to do. I will see them again ... and then, and only then, it will all make sense.

As adults we get to decide what we believe. These beliefs bring me peace and healing. What do you believe? Here’s the letter:


"Dear Steve and Anita,

Rachel finished her work on earth,
and left the stage in a manner
that leaves those of us left behind
with a cry of agony in our hearts,
as the fragile thread of our faith is
dealt with so violently. Is anyone
strong enough to stay conscious through
such teaching as you are receiving?
Probably very few. And even they
would only have a whisper of
equanimity and peace amidst the screaming trumpets
of their rage, grief, horror and desolation.


I can't assuage your pain with
any words, nor should I. For
your pain is Rachel's legacy to you. Not that
she or I would inflict such pain
by choice, but there it is. And it must
burn its purifying way to completion.
For something in you dies when you
bear the unbearable, and it is
only in that dark night of the soul that you
are prepared to see as God sees,
and to love as God loves.


Now is the time to let your grief
find expression. No false strength.
Now is the time to sit quietly
and speak to Rachel, and thank
her for being with you these few years, and
encourage her to go on with whatever
her work is, knowing that you will grow
in compassion and wisdom from
this experience. In my heart, I know that you
and she will meet again and again,
and recognize the many ways in which
you have known each other. And
when you meet you will know, in a flash,
what now it is not given to you
to know: Why this had to be the way it was.


Our rational minds can never
understand what has happened,
but our hearts– if we can keep them open to God – will
find their own intuitive way.
Rachel came through you to do
her work on earth, which includes
her manner of death. Now her soul is free,
and the love that you can share
with her is invulnerable to the winds of
changing time and space. In that
deep love, include me.

In love,

Ram Dass"


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