A modern classic in the making, by one of the most loved spiritual teachers of the last 50 years
An eminent psychologist, Ram Dass experimented with levels of human consciousness through magic mushrooms and LSD with Timothy Leary, Aldous Huxley, Allen Ginsberg and others. As a result he was expelled from Harvard and, in 1967, journeyed to India where he met his guru, Neem Karoli Baba. His life changed and, on his return to America, he travelled and taught widely, wrote the seminal bestseller, Be Here Now, and set up various charitable foundations, with an emphasis on service to others. The Seva Foundation, for eg, has helped restore sight to nearly 3 million people suffering from cataract blindness in Nepal, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Tibet and throughout Africa. In 1997, Dass suffered a near-fatal stroke and then a life-threatening infection in 2004. However, though his travel is now curtailed, he still teaches, as well as engages with people via the internet. See www.ramdass.org Rameshwar Das is a writer and photographer who met Ram Dass in India in 1967.
Feted and derided, Dass (born Richard Alpert), one-time friend and associate of Timothy Leary, with whom he was turned out of Harvard for their experiments in the use of LSD, added a phrase to the language with the title of his first major book, Be Here Now. This book continues Dass's story where it left off in Still Here, which includes an account of his life-threatening stroke, and is as much memoir as spiritual counsel. VERDICT Essential for Dass fans, this book is also of interest to students of contemporary Hinduism. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Ram Dass is one of our greatest teachers. With Be Love Now,
he shares his profound discovery that 'love is a state of being,
not a trip from here to there. * Deepak Chopra *
So many people are desperately searching for love, whether consciously or unconsciously. May Ram Dass' intimate and heartfelt account inspire others to find their own path of true love, compassion and joyful service. * Thich Nhat Hanh *
The awakening power of love shines on every page of this wonderfully inspiring book. With insight and engaging humor, Ram Dass shares with us a lifetime of spiritual practice. This book is a rare treat. * Joseph Goldstein *
Required reading...Ram Dass shares his journey with eloquence, wit and depth of being * Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence *
Intimate and heartfelt * Thich Nhat Hanh *