Be Here Now

Be Here Now[PDF / Epub] ☉ Be Here Now Author Ram Dass – Describes one man's transformation upon his acceptance of the principles of Yoga gives a modern restatement of the importance of the spiritual side of human nature IllustratedThe book is divided into Describes one man's transformation upon his acceptance of the principles of Yoga gives a modern restatement of the importance of the spiritual side of human nature IllustratedThe book is divided into four sectionsJourney The Transformation Dr Richard Alpert PhD into Baba Ram DassFrom Bindu to Ojas The Core BookCookbook for a Sacred Life A Manual for Conscious BeingPainted Cakes Do Not Satisfy Hunger books.

Ram Dass Richard Alpert was one of America's most beloved spiritual figures making his mark on the world giving teachings and promoting loving service harmonious business practices and conscious care for the dying His spirit has been a guiding light for four generations carrying millions along on the journey helping free them from their bonds as he has worked his way through his own.

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  • Paperback
  • 416 pages
  • Be Here Now
  • Ram Dass
  • English
  • 09 July 2014
  • 9780517543054

10 thoughts on “Be Here Now

  1. Joshua says:

    This book helped me a lot It was one of many that my husband brought home from work and left around the house so someone would find it at just the right time I'd flipped through it and thought it was just a collection of philosophical sayings in the form of trippy graphics which it is mostly I noticed a copy at Ashanti's house which impressed me but not enough to actually start reading itOne night I was tripping for the last time with my best friend who was about to move to another state I was sitting in my messy room thinking of all kinds of creative ideas and then getting frustrated because I'd already thought of those ideas years ago and hadn't really acted on them because I was too busy smoking pot and hiding from the world My friend was reading Be Here Now and kept saying This is amazing you have to read this I noticed then it was written by Ram Dass a name I vaguely remembered from my parents' recollections of the sixties and my explorations of City Lights book store as a teenager My friend and I were having our minds re blown by the Doors' When the Music's Over It was the first time I had heard it as someone who was older than Jim was when he died I was fascinated by the sixties as a kid and now I was realizing I had gotten to live out a lot of the same dreams and fallen into some of the same trapsAbout a week later a therapist was trying to convince me that I could get from meditation and Yoga whatever it was I got from drugs She mentioned something about Ram Dass A strange coincidence I thoughtI went home and read half the book in one night It was about just what I'd hoped how you can BE HIGH instead of GETTING HIGHRam Dass claims to have witnessed a lot of miracles and seems awfully sure about a lot of things and it can be hard to swallow at first if you spent your whole life in blind loyalty to your rational mind But he makes the point uite elouently that we choose to believe in the supremacy of the rational mind just as anyone else chooses a belief system and we suffer from its limitations A lot of people teach this but I needed to hear it from seventies spiritual icon Ram Dass aka sixties psychedelic pioneer Dr Richard Alpert and former neurotic hyper intellectual over achiever Since then I've been taking every chance I can to learn about spiritual practiceThe first time I tripped with that friend was years ago under the apple tree at Firefly I heard a chickadee which reminded me of many sunny mornings before and I realized that we had everything we needed from the sun and the air as beautiful beings in a beautiful world Now I realize I am still there and there is here and here is now

  2. Alena Guggemos says:

    I first read this book at 20 years old when I was just barely beginning to realize that my beliefs might be different from those of my parents So alas my review of this book is purely personal in nature However I believe this is how Ram Dass would expect his book to be reviewedReading Be Here Now could only be likened to having the top of my heart ripped out of my chest and shown to me I felt as though it contained all the beliefs fears and uestions that I had kept secret for so long out of fear that I was the only person who could possibly view the world in such a way It is true that the format of the writing is non traditional and can be difficult to read at times I think though that this was intentional This book is not intented to be an easy read It is the reflection of one man's spiritual journey and we as the reader are supposed to witness this journey through his meditations The ideal way to read it would be to read a page put down the book and then contemplatejournaletc the writing before picking the book back up againIn the decade that has past since I first read Be Here Now I have purchased and given this book several times over each time intending to keep the copy for myself only to meet someone who so clearly needs it than I I suspect that this book doesn't want to be held on to it would much rather be let go I feel that it is a book to be shared a book that wants to travel just as it's author did to all the dark places only so it can discover how to let in the light

  3. Heidi The Reader says:

    A classic exploration of spirituality and consciousness by the former Harvard professor turned drug fueled then clean spiritual seeker Ram DassWhat a strange bookThe first part is Ram Dass' life storyHe has trouble relating exactly how his guru changed his life He also has trouble expressing his life changing spiritual insightsThis could perhaps be because of all the LSD he experimented with but no judgement hereI think Dass could have added another couple hundred pages to the first part and still probably not fully described his experienceThe next section of the book is block text printed on what seems to be brown paper bags Monty Python esue photos are drawn in and sometimes behind the textIt reads like a stream of consciousness path to enlightenment how to lectureSome of it is worthwhile but I can't sugarcoat it It's pretty far out thereMy description doesn't really do it justice Perhaps Be Here Now is one of those books that needs to be experienced rather than readThe last section was a cook book on how to live an enlightened lifestyleIf you have a uestion about how an enlightened person lives it's probably included in there Dass elucidates how he believes you should eat sleep breathe interact with others think meditate raise a family form a commune and so onI didn't like it because it felt too brain washy cult ishDass attempts to put the reader's mind at ease to all of the strictures He mentions that one needn't be concerned about family or social responsibilities because once you reach the ultimate level you'll realize that none of those things are real anywayLooking back on my review it seems as if I don't like Ram Dass but I doI rather enjoyed his Polishing the Mirror How to Live from Your Spiritual Heart and a documentary that I saw about him once called Fierce GraceI too have had life experiences that have led me to the belief that human kind is here to be high and not just to get highI don't buy into the idea that life has to be lived a certain way to get certain resultsAnd perhaps because I haven't personally had the experience yet I don't get the whole guru relationship thing I know it's my western background speaking but there you have itRecommended for spiritual seekers but don't forget to trust your own inner guidance

  4. Fredstrong says:

    Ram Dass takes the wisdom of the East and wraps it in a package a Westerner can open This book had a profound effect on me at a time when I was at a spiritual crossroads well maybe the beginning of my spiritual road is accurate I was an atheist until about 21 Then I had my gnosis or series of events that brought me into a direct experience with something larger than me Call it what you want the divine plan the ground of being the true self insanity a hallucination all of these are probably eually accurate Be Here Now came into my life shortly thereafter and it was as if I discovered the Rosetta Stone for my experiences Be Here Now is part of my fundamental understanding of the self and world It is a brilliant and beautiful work which I highly recommend to all seekers Ultimately I found my path in the Western rather than Eastern traditions but truth is truth is truth and I've found that the West leans heavily on the East as does my paradigm Thank you Ram Dass Namaste

  5. Abraham says:

    I love this book You can dismiss it if you want as ex hippiedruggie New Age blather but the fact is this book has some serious wisdom So get over the stigma and read this book for what it has to say not the movement you think it represents The central message of this book resonates powerfully with me How many of us spend inordinate amounts of time in the past or the future? How much of our day is spent wishing we were somewhere else doing something else? How many of us live with the assumption or hope that one day in the future everything will be hunky dory even if we're not satisfied now? Don't read this book if you can't handle in your face challenges to your entire way of life and mode of thinking I try to read this book at least once a year and every time I do it forces me to change my brain this is a very good thing Besides its message I like how it challenges the notion of what an adult book is Just open it up and you'll see what I meanMADMEN'S THEATER PRICE OF ADMISSION YOUR MIND

  6. Richard Sutton says:

    A Roadmap to Where You Arein 1970 I was trying to figure out who I was I'd left college manned the barricades for a while then built a cabin on a commune Filled with anxiety about my place in the scary world of the day I just didn't know what I should do until a very kind yogi mentioned I should read this book I read it I spent weeks thinking about it and it changed my life Be Here Now is the erstwhile story of Drs Timothy Leary and Richard Alperrt's struggle to take meaning from their research into psychotropic drugs and disciplines In easy to absorb words and concepts it illustrates one of the most significant truths about our lives Time is a construct Now is all there is Learning to adopt the principles of Dr Alpert who took the name Baba Ram Dass and became a perpetual seeker felt so comfortable despite my Protestant upbringing that I experienced frissons of release and joy throughout my time with the book It released me from many of my stresses released me from the past and from my anxiety over the future and freed me to make the leap to travel to New York where I unexpectedly found my true soulmate my life and my home If the Hindu overtones make you wonder if this might apply to you forget about it and buy this book anyway For anyone who needs to figure out where they are headed or why it will teach you lessons you'll never forget and make your journey graceful

  7. Aric says:

    I'm not comfortable rating this From somewhere behind that all too familiar burnt out hippie lingo shines moments of verisimilitude and as much as I'd like to curl a rational upper lip and scoff a deeply irrational part of me would be disappointed if I did so I'll say this it is at times compelling and at others tedious But as far as how many stars I can give it? That would be missing the point altogether

  8. Erik Graff says:

    With drugs particularly pharmaceuticals being so regularly abused in our culture it is a salutary exercise to reconsider the sixties when some psychoactive drugs used considerately and independently of profit driven corporations turned millions towards the serious study of psychology philosophy and religion Richard Alpert and Timothy Leary were two prominent examples of this existential turnOf the two erstwhile Harvard academics Alpert's is the happier story Alpert the wiser man This book however is Alpert at the turning point Alpert telling the story of how LSD turned him into the religious teacher Baba Ram DassThe story is uite fun to read even hilarious The whole book and what Alpert ended up with is a joyI myself read this book in a study carrel on the second floor of the Grinnell College library

  9. Maureen says:

    There is something about a suare book the shape not the content man printed on paper that is almost as thick as construction paper with the wackiest insides EVER And yes while we are treated to an overview of Ram Dass' life and given a primer for becoming practicing Hindus it is the part in the middle with the mind meldingmelting pen and ink drawings accompanied by words on a page like You're standing on a bridge watching yourself go by that make this book such a trip Literally I think it was printed on the same kind of paper blotter acid is printed on Yeah that makes sense Now is NOW are you going to BE HERE or not? IT'S ALL AS SIMPLE AS THATAs a psychedelic souvenir or ticket to the future this book still rocks

  10. Darren2dream says:

    It wouldn't be fair to open this book holding on to any preconceived notions about some hippie counterculture you might miss the message You must be able to accept that a book can be suare in shape and that the story can be delivered as art and not only straight lines of text And to push you just a bit further you must be comfortable reading most of the book sideways not like a regular book Some of those very things are what I love about Be Here Now to read it you must truly Be Here Now I've had this book for longer than almost every other book on my shelf and I still open it up and grow from the experience

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