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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony (Oct. 12 1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517543052
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517543054
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2.3 x 20.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 640 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 76 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It's easy to dismiss Be Here Now as the relic of a whacked-out '60s acid tripper. Paging through the center section of the book, with its inch-high print and psychedelic drawings, you come across lines like:

Magic Theatre
For madmen only
price of admission
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mind
Then you turn to the first page of the book, and you are suddenly sucked into the story of a Harvard psychiatrist who has reached the pinnacle of success, discovers the mind-expanding powers of acid, and ends up trooping through India with a 23-year-old holy man from Laguna Beach, California. In the story, you see all the trappings of your own life and begin to wonder if India might hold the answers after all. Before booking your ticket, turn to the last section of the Be Here Now, "Cookbook for a Sacred Life." Ram Dass saves you the trouble by proffering a sober introduction to the basics of Hindu religion. Although he still can't resist CAPITAL LETTERS, he has done his homework, presenting a whole range of concepts and practices having to do with yoga postures, meditation, renunciation, dying, and sexual energy. So, for the most part, Be Here Now stands the test of time, and if you can entertain the center section in a retro kind of a spirit, it might be just what you're looking for: "The opposite of craving is saying, baby, this is the way it is, yeah, OK, here and now, this is it. I ACCEPT THE HERE & NOW FULLY." --Brian Bruya

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A Lama Foundation Book. Describes one man's transformation upon his acceptance of the principles of Yoga and gives a modern restatement of the importance of the spiritual side of man's nature. Illustrated.

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This book changed my life. I have read tons and tons of spiritual books, but this one really changed me. I have read this book over and over and the message seems to change as the readers development changes. If I could only have one book to choose it would be this one. It explores the writer's path first, then gives a great illustrated tale that lingers in the mind...,goes on with spiritual quotes from all spiritual leaders that we have ever known, gives some info on stretching,and etc. This book calls for those who are ready. How much do you want to let the ego go, is the real question here...now...
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I first picked up this book about two years ago. Since that time, the tale of how Richard Alpert Ph.D. became Ram Dass has become one of my favorite works. Is it on the fringe? Well, that depends on your perspective. Your enjoyment of this book will be proportional to your acceptance of different viewpoints on life. If you don't want your ideas about life challenged, then don't read this book. However, if you believe that the purpose of reading is to get you thinking, then there is perhaps no better book then "Be Here Now". If you are up for a good internal debate, pick it up and read on.
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I first read this book in the 70's and have since re-read it many times. The book is a timeless compendium of information to be treasured by anyone on a spiritual path. It really did change my life.
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So, here I am about a year ago and I am in the process of
knowing "whats up" with things. I had had pychedelic expierences with psilocybin and LSD and whatnot, I I thought, wow
they don't tell you this is skills for adolesence class! Then I hop on the ol' internet, read psychedelics encyclopedia and realized that alot of people, doctors included
that believed drugs can actually expand the mind. It wasn't just me and my exclusive, aparrently misguided friends. My Parents, "what is happening to our son!" But I show them the studies and the opinions of well known "smart respectable people"
many scientist and philosophers, and they say, "well perhaps there not all nuts afterall, or maybe there lunicy is hiding under a viel of legetamasy.... Anyway the guy who sold me my '79
v-dub bus says have you ever read "Be Here Now?" and I say, no, but I've heard of Ram Dass, the guy from harvard with leary, yeah I know whats up with that guy. Boy was I wrong, I thought Ram Dass was a footnote on america's psychedelic history, but I find that he is a true hero for those seeking truth, at least as big as leary for that sake. Any way he gives me a copy and says check it out. I start reading it and get to the dark part, And I'm thinking, Am I trippin, Is this really just some cracked-out
acid-head that is hiking down a trail of drug induced un-thuths? am I only down with this because he has done psychedelics, what if he were'nt into drugs would I be down with this, and the drawings and all this, and I began to test my faith in the guy. But as I read it I thought"well he isn't preaching any religion, he doesn't tell me what to do with my life he simply says listen what I believe to be true.
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i read this book a couple of years ago.i cannot describe the change which has occurred in me since reading it. i am now a vegetarian,and i am living *the way*. after reading some others' reviews of this book, I was initially hurt & offended by the negative reactions. then i realized that the person who was disappointed by the book must have had some expectations from it. this is natural; however; Baba Ram Dass does not proclaim to write of the "truth". From a spiritual prospective;this is not a book which teaches *truth*. this is a book which causes one to look within oneself, and recognize the truths in everyday events. and again; one cannot say one is done with ones caterpillarness and is now ready to be a butterfly..one just becomes. the moment you give it up you can have it ALL. anyone who opens these pages with an intent to become "realized" or "aware" will be sadly disappointed, for the knowledge is conveyed so subtlely that one can NEVER see what one is not ready to see. an important thing to note before making the decision to live the "right" way...you cannot go back. once you SEE, once you SEE the right way vs. the wrong way...you are responsible for choosing the right path. and only you know if you are living the right way. this book was the start of a beautiful and eternal path I've chosen to make every day matter, and to really live in the Here and Now. this is not to say there will not be hang-ups...that there will not be obstacles. the old saying goes, "the higher you get, the harder you fall" and this is true...but through the suffering, comes enlightenment. i welcome anyone's thoughts on this...i welcome a global realization of these ideas...but i recognize that we can all move only as fast as our slowest link. so, *help everyone*. :-)
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this book is true classic!

If you don't have it on your book shelf, get it!

Its a great source of insight and renewal and captures some of the wisdom of its time and timeless.

When feeling like you need a little spiritual lift or reminder, just open it to any page.

Also, for a great flashback and context to the era and culture out of which this book evolves, I highly recomend you check out Ann Becoy's "Memoirs of Hippie Girl in India" .. a candid and adventurous true story, that puts you face-to-face in the 70's with Ram Das (the author of Be Here Now) and his contemporaries, through the eyes of a drop dead gorgeous 18 year old hippie girl. ( Memoirs Hippie Girl India Becoy )
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