Sometimes illumination occurs spontaneously or, as Ram Dass experienced, in a heart-wrenching moment of opening. More commonly, it happens when we polish the mirror of the heart with daily practiceand see beyond the illusion of our transient thoughts and emotions to the vast and luminous landscape of our true nature.
For five decades, Ram Dass has explored the depths of consciousness and love and brought them to life as service to others. With Polishing the Mirror, he gathers together his essential teachings for living in the eternal present, here and now.
Readers will find within these pages a rich combination of perennial wisdom, humor, teaching stories, and detailed guidance on Ram Dass' own spiritual practices, including:
Bhakti Yogaopening our hearts to unconditional love
• Practices for living, aging, dying, and embracing the natural flow of life
• Karma Yogahow selfless service can profoundly transform us
• Working with fear and suffering as a path to grace and freedom
• Step-by-step guidance in devotional chant, meditation and mantra practice, and much more
For those new to Ram Dass' teachings, and for those to whom they are old friends, here is this vanguard spiritual explorer's complete guide to discovering who we are and why we are here, and how to become beacons of unconditional love.
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About the Author
Ram Dass first went to India in 1967. He was still Dr. Richard Alpert, an already eminent Harvard psychologist and psychedelic pioneer with Dr.Timothy Leary. He continued his psychedelic research until that fateful Eastern trip in 1967, when he traveled to India. In India, he met his guru, Neem Karoli Baba, affectionately known as Maharaj-ji. Maharaj-ji gave Ram Dass his name, which means "servant of God." Everything changed thenhis intense dharmic life started, and he became a pivotal influence on a culture that has reverberated with the words "Be Here Now" ever since.
Be Here Now, Ram Dass’s monumentally influential and seminal work, still stands as the highly readable centerpiece of Western articulation of Eastern philosophy, and how to live joyously 100 percent of the time in the present, luminous or mundane. Be Here Now continues to be the instruction manual of choice for generations of spiritual seekers. Forty years later, it’s still part of the timeless present. Being here now is still being here now. Ram Dass now resides on Maui, where he shares satsang, kirtan, and where he can amplify the healing process in the air and waters of Hawaii. His work continues to be a path of teaching and inspiration to so many. Ram Dass’s spirit has been a guiding light for three generations, carrying along millions on the journey, helping free them from their bonds as he has worked his way through his own.
Table of Contents
Fast Foreword Rameshwar Das xi
Introduction Being Here Now xvii
Practice Makes Perfect
The Road Home
The Guru, Remover of Darkness
Nowhere to Go
Chapter 1 Polishing the Mirror 1
You Can't Know It; You Can Only Be It
Lose Your Mind to Gain Your Soul
Watching the Watcher
Breathing In, Breathing Out
A Guided Visual Meditation
Chapter 2 Bhakti Yoga, The Path of Devotion 13
How Do I Love Thee?
Love Ls a State of Being
Guru Kripa (The Guru's Grace)
The Feeling of Devotion
Hanuman, Devoted Servant of Ram
Chapter 3 Karma Yoga, Living in the World 31
Your Karma is Your Dharma
Witnessing Your Own Mellow Drama
It's All in the Family
Relationships and Emotions
Truth Will Set You Free
Working With Your Emotions
I'd Rather Be Than Be Right
Faith, No Fear-No Faith
Fear Spiritual Family and Friends
Chapter 4 Aging and Changing 61
Cultural Attitudes on Aging
Dealing with Change
Free to Be
Again Being with What Is
Chapter 5 Conscious Living, Conscious Dying 77
Dealing with Fear
Dealing with Pain
Being with Someone Dying
Death Ls a Reminder to Live Life Fully
Chapter 6 From Suffering to Grace 97
Why Ls There Suffering?
The Way of Grace
Changing Your Point of View
Is It Suffering or Is It Grace?
It's All Perfect
Taking Care of Dad
Seeing Beyond Suffering
How Can We Help?
Chapter 7 Content to Be 111
Roles to Souls
Just a Moment, Please!
All You Need Is…
Meditation: I Am Loving Awareness
Being Love Now
The Wheel of Illusion
Chapter 8 Practicing Practicing 127
Making a Sacred Space
The Daily Now
Words from Realized Beings
Listening to Your Self
About the Author and Coauthor 159
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