Be Here Now

Be Here Now

by Ram Dass


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“We’re talking about metamorphosis
We’re talking about going from a caterpillar to a butterfly
We’re talking about how to become a butterfly.”
In March 1961, Professor Richard Alpert – later renamed Ram Dass – held appointments in four departments at Harvard University. He published books, drove a Mercedes and regularly vacationed in the Caribbean. By most societal standards, he had achieved great success... And yet he couldn’t escape the feeling that something was missing. 
Psilocybin and LSD changed that. During a period of experimentation, Alpert peeled away each layer of his identity, disassociating from himself as a professor, a social cosmopolite, and lastly, as a physical being. Fear turned into exaltation upon the realization that at his truest, he was just his inner-self: a luminous being that he could trust indefinitely and love infinitely.

And thus, a spiritual journey commenced. Alpert headed to India where his guru renamed him Baba Ram Dass – “servant of God.” He was introduced to mindful breathing exercises, hatha yoga, and Eastern philosophy. If he found himself reminiscing or planning, he was reminded to “Be Here Now.He started upon the path of enlightenment, and has been journeying along it ever since.

Be Here Now is a vehicle for sharing the true message, and a guide to self-determination.

With over 150 pages of metaphysical illustrations, practical advice on how to implement a yogic regiment, and a chapter dedicated to quotes and book recommendations, Be Here Now is sure to enrich your emotional, physical, and spiritual life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780517543054
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 10/12/1971
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 17,107
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Ram Dass has served on the faculty at Stanford and Harvard Universities. In the 1960s, he traveled to India, where he met his guru. Since then, he has pursued a variety of spiritual practices, including guru kripa, devotional yoga, karma yoga, many forms of meditation, and Sufi and Jewish studies. Many of his books, including Be Here Now, are international bestsellers and classics of their kind.

Table of Contents

1Journey: The Transformation: Dr. Richard Alpert, Ph.D Into Baba Ram Dass
2From Bindu to Ojas: The Core Book
3Cookbook for a Sacred Life: a Manual for Conscious Being
4Painted Cakes: Books

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Be Here Now 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is by far in my top 5. If you are on your path this book will definitely help you enter into your next stage. I didn't even search for this book. It just fell into my lap one day. That's the way it works. He includes the beauty and essence of the teachings of Jesus as well as Buddha. The words and drawings are very piercing and full of symbolism. He also includes at the end a list of many books that will be useful to read. I recommend this book to everyone with Open ears.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This may be one of the most intensely moving and emotionally-centered books on spirituality you'll find. Ram Dass paints a glorious and yet completely down-to-Earth route from psychedelic experimentation alone, to mindfulness meditation, the disciplined spiritual life, and the immediacy of felt communion with God. This will nourish you as much as you let your mind open to it. Years of wisdom, love and beauty from spiritually-oriented practices of Indian gurus, are made manifest as a powerful spiritual primer for everyone. Thank you Ram Dass for sharing your journey with us, and for wrestling down the ineffable until it became ready-for-prime-time. Whether we admit it or not, this book contains an itinerary of which all of us are enamored. And we are well served by letting our hearts be moved by it all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book changed my life. I read it and felt as if I was on the verge of solving the mystery of life. Like some obscure mathematical theory that makes perfect sense when applied, this book tells you everything that instinctively you feel as though you've always known, but were too blind to see. This book was and is the catalyst for my spiritual awakening.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books that will come to you at the exact time that you need it. The words and pictures are stirring. It is a work that must be ingested without judgement and accepted as pure beauty and soulfullness. Baba Ram Das has brought illumination to the world in ways only a fortunate few have yet realized. Love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although the social cultural context in which it was written may make it appear a bit dated, the wisdom comes through crisply. After having lost my original copy years decades ago, I think I enjoyed reading it as much as I did the first time I came across it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had a copy of this book in the early 70's. One day I loaned it to a friend and never saw it again. Occasionally throughout the years this writing would come to mind and I would talk with a friend about it. I recently made a new friend who during one of our initial conversations told me about a tape she has by Ram Dass talking about his beginning days of Yoga and meditation and I remembered this book. She said she knew about it. It is time for me to get another copy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First read this book in the '70s, again a decade later. The more one matures, the more one comprehends the message. Three years ago, my son borrowed it and it was never returned. Now, with terminal cancer, I find the need of this book once more. My son can keep the old copy, it will do wonders for him, I'm definitely purchasing another for myself. A book for inner peace.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ram Dass takes you on a journey into human consciousness until you merge with Spirit. He reminds us that all life revolves around this dance between human consciousness and the Bliss of Divine Union. As one lets go of all their roles and attachments, we are free to be in the present moment where self-centered awareness enters into life-centered awareness. Thanks, Ram Dass, for all you have and continue share on the nature of our most authentic self - spirit.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is so amazing, if everyone in the world read this book we would live in such a wonderful place.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you really have an open mind on spirituality, you will get wonderful insights out of this book. The open minded person will also find new insights about the Western Religions in the books An Encounter With A Prophet and Way of a Peaceful Warrior.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book will certainly challenged your ideas about life. I personally loved the book it opened new doors for me.
Luna_Luckdragon More than 1 year ago
I have been reading books of this nature for some time now. All the books I have read up to this point have seemed to pave the way for me to read this one. If you are at a point in your life where you know there is more to this world than materialism and our Western, consumer vaccuum; if you are ready to find The Way beyond all that and finally discover what It is you have been searching for, then this is the book for you. It is divided into 4 parts: a fascinating autobiography flavored by the dissatisfaction felt by many intellectuals during the 60's, as well as how they moved beyond rationalism into something more; a series of drawings and lecture pieces that fall onto the page as poetry. This section synthesizes and presents a very clear vision of how to achieve what the author himself discovered; a section that is essentially an easy to understand course in walking the path of the Bodhisattva; and finally a list of reading materials that will help you on your journey. This book came to me right at the perfect moment in my life. I 100% recommend it to truth lovers and seekers.
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nog on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ram Dass' message is more important now than ever. We can lead really happy lives very simply...which is not only good for our spirits, but also good for the planet. I read this as part of my spiritual education back in the 70's, so I am reluctant to say that schoolchildren should read this book before they get too socialized (i.e. brainwashed by the System). But I'm leaning pretty heavily in that direction. Now is all there is. The more our minds live in the now, the better people we will be.
keithkv on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the most profound reading experiences of my life. Deeply affected the way I view reality and being. Hallucinogens are not required, but help if you don't possess the spiritual depth or inquisitive open-mindedness that this book requires.
gratefulyoga on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reading this book is a mystical experience in itself. It begins with the story of Ram Dass' transformation from a stuffy psychologist to a psychedelic madman to a devoted Hindu disciple to one of the most influential teachers of yoga in the West. The middle section presents a distillation of yogic philosophy interspersed with illustrations. The book ends with a "Cookbook for a Spiritual Life," offering practical advice for accelerating your spiritual evolution.
yogipoet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
i think this may be essential reading in some way.
Arctic-Stranger on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Well, this is a bit dated, more in style than content. If you aren't here, now, then where are you?
DugsBooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I guess this would be called a graphic novel these days. Interesting if you are doing nothing and want to quantify the experience. This book was given to me by a neat lady, G. Ann Suzuki, who wrote her name in it. Very good at Shiatsu.
mamorico on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For anyone on a spiritual journey who is open to far-out experiences, this book could be used as an instruction manual. Portions of this book are called a "Cook-book for a Sacred Life", it is a classic of the 60s counter culture, and a lot of fun to read.
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This book changed the way I thought about books, and about the world.  At the time, the mid 70s, it was completely different from anything else, and is still so very wise.  Thank you Ram Dass and friends.
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