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Being Ram Dass

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Hardcover Book
Publisher: 
Sounds True
 | 
January, 2021
ISBN:
9781683646280
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11
$38.99 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Set against a backdrop of nine decades of sweeping cultural change, Being Ram Dass shares this modern day luminary's journey from chubby Jewish rich kid to accomplished psychologist to renegade Harvard psychedelics researcher to beloved spiritual icon. It's a rich read, with many vivid anecdotes.

Perhaps no other teacher has sparked the fires of as many spiritual seekers in the West as Ram Dass. If you've ever embraced the phrase "be here now," practiced meditation or yoga, tried psychedelics, or supported anyone in a hospice, prison, or homeless center—then the story of Ram Dass is also part of your story.

From his birth in 1931 to his luminous later years, Ram Dass saw his life as just one incarnation of many. This memoir (written over the last decade of his life with the able heart-pen of Rameshwar Dass) puts us in the passenger seat with the one time Harvard psychologist and lifelong risk-taker Richard Alpert, who loved to take friends on wild rides on his Harley and test nearly every boundary—inner or outer—that came his way.

Here, Ram Dass shares his life's odyssey in intimate detail: how he struggled with issues of self-identity and sexuality in his youth, pioneered psychedelic research, and opened the doorways to Eastern spiritual practices. In 1967 he trekked to India and met his guru, Neem Karoli Baba. He returned as a yogi and psychologist whose perspective changed millions. His iconic book, Be Here Now, has been a resonant touchstone and spiritual bestseller since 1971—and still reaches thousands of new readers every year!

As a teacher, I always use my life experiences as a lesson plan—often as an example of what not to do... It's important for me to share as truthfully as I can... I hope putting these experiences together in the context of this incarnation will be helpful to you, as it is to me. After all, we are fellow souls. We are on the same journey home to the heart. This is a story of awakening from feeling separate and alienated toward living in oneness and love. May this look back at my incarnation encourage you in yours.

—Ram Dass, Maui, December 2019

Populated by a cast of luminaries ranging from Timothy Leary to Elisabeth Kbler-Ross, Allen Ginsberg to Sharon Salzberg, Aldous Huxley to Alan Watts—this intimate memoir chronicles Ram Dass's experience of the cultural and spiritual transformations that resonate with us to this day, a journey from the mind to the heart, from the ego to the soul.

As I approach death, my perspective is shifting from my Richard Alpert or Ram Dass personality and the limited view of myself as a deteriorating body package. I go from my individual view to Maharaj-ji's universal view, of life and death as a seamless whole in the vast ocean of love. As my mind dissolves increasingly into the heart, I go from thinking about love to being love.


Before, after, and along these waypoints, readers will encounter many other adventures and revelations—each ringing with the potential to awaken the universal, loving divine that links this beloved teacher to all of us. The book includes some really great photographs of the journey, too.

Publisher’s Description: 

Set against a backdrop of nine decades of sweeping cultural change, Being Ram Dass shares this modern day luminary's journey from psychologist to renegade Harvard psychedelics researcher to beloved spiritual icon.

Perhaps no other teacher has sparked the fires of as many spiritual seekers in the West as Ram Dass. If you've ever embraced the phrase "be here now," practiced meditation or yoga, tried psychedelics, or supported anyone in a hospice, prison, or homeless center—then the story of Ram Dass is also part of your story.

From his birth in 1931 to his luminous later years, Ram Dass saw his life as just one incarnation of many. This memoir puts us in the passenger seat with the one time Harvard psychologist and lifelong risk-taker Richard Alpert, who loved to take friends on wild rides on his Harley and test nearly every boundary—inner or outer—that came his way.

Here, Ram Dass shares his life's odyssey in intimate detail: how he struggled with issues of self-identity and sexuality in his youth, pioneered psychedelic research, and opened the doorways to Eastern spiritual practices. In 1967 he trekked to India and met his guru, Neem Karoli Baba. He returned as a yogi and psychologist whose perspective changed millions.

Populated by a cast of luminaries ranging from Timothy Leary to Elisabeth Kbler-Ross, Allen Ginsberg to Sharon Salzberg, Aldous Huxley to Alan Watts—this intimate memoir chronicles Ram Dass's experience of the cultural and spiritual transformations that resonate with us to this day, a journey from the mind to the heart, from the ego to the soul.

Before, after, and along these waypoints, readers will encounter many other adventures and revelations—each ringing with the potential to awaken the universal, loving divine that links this beloved teacher to all of us.

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