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Ram Dass shares his journey from privileged child to renegade Harvard psychedelics researcher to beloved spiritual icon, set against a backdrop of sweeping cultural change.

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Ram Dass (1931-2019) means "Servant of God." Born Richard Alpert, he was the founder of the Love Serve Remember Foundation and a cofounder of the Seva Foundation, the Dying Project, and the Prison Ashram Project. He is the author of the spiritual classic Be Here Now and many other books. Learn more at ramdass.org. Rameshwar Das met Ram Dass in 1968. Ramesh has collaborated with Ram Dass on many projects, most recently as coauthor of Be Love Now and Polishing the Mirror.


A comprehensive memoir from a famous but humble spiritual seeker. --Kirkus Reviews More than an account of one man's fantastic voyage, Being Ram Dass is an account of America... --The East Hampton Star

Throughout the book [BEING RAM DASS], he [Ram Dass] is cogent, warm, and wise; the book provides a glimpse into an extraordinary life as well as a historical moment, one that continues to resonate. --The Boston Globe "Being Ram Dass
is a profound journey into the heart and soul of one of the world's most beloved spiritual leaders. Throughout, we are reminded that our intrinsically loving nature can never be tainted or destroyed." --Tara Brach, PhD, author of Radical Acceptance and Radical Compassion "Ram Dass is one of the great spiritual masters of our time, who was at the same time extremely humble, approachable, and a quintessential storyteller! His stories were all inspiring, uplifting, and transforming. He also knew how to transcend all stories and find the highest truth in the pure knowing and love of just being. This book will be a joyful companion to anyone on the spiritual journey." --Deepak Chopra, MD, author of Total Meditation "With his playful wit, luminous mind, and generous heart, Ram Dass lured generations of seekers into the life of the Soul. I am one of those lucky pilgrims. I met Ram Dass in the 1970s, when I was a teenager on fire with desire for God. Ram Dass pointed toward an array of sacred gates--Hinduism, Buddhism, Sufism, Christian mysticism, mystical Judaism--and beyond the traditions to what our Guru, Neem Karoli Baba, meant when he would say, "Sub ek" (All is One). This confluence of spiritual sources has permeated my life, giving rise to everything I do and am. This book, transmitted by Ram Dass in the final years of his life and beautifully transcribed by Rameshwar Das, is not only a thoroughly riveting read, but also a portal to that boundless wellspring of love." --Mirabai Starr, author of Caravan of No Despair and Wild Mercy "Being Ram Dass is the profound story of one of the most inspiring souls of our times--a being who held the torch for all to follow. Lighting the way by acknowledging his own egoic journey, he moved beyond to embrace the divine and sacred in every moment. His humor and intellect inspired, while his actions have uplifted and continue to help so many. His deep love for everyone is his lasting legacy." --Stephan Rechtschaffen, MD, founder of Blue Spirit Costa Rica and Omega Institute "As I was growing up and learning how to be a human being, Ram Dass--his books and his lectures--were my guideposts along the way. He was able to take what were to me complex Eastern religious philosophies and make them accessible. And then to meet and get to know him a bit--and to feel his true self and his kindness and humor and wisdom--was a gift." --Ben Cohen, founder of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream "What an utter delight and heart-bursting pleasure to immerse myself in Ram Dass's autobiography, Being Ram Dass. To be able to feel so much intimacy and connection with him this year is a like a healing balm for the uniquely challenging times." --Jamie Catto, director of Becoming Nobody film "Ram Dass is no more. But he has left us a magnificent gift. Honest, touching, tender, and inspiring, his autobiography takes us on the journey of the making of an American saint. And what a journey it was! If you thought you knew Ram Dass, think again. And if you did not know him, get ready. This book will light up your soul." --Mark Epstein, MD, author of Thoughts Without a Thinker and The Trauma of Everyday Life

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