Be Here Now Paperback – Oct 12 1971
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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 TheatreThen 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.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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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Nice book. I wish it had more of his life and less word poems in the middle of the book.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is incredible, if you even took the time to click this link, yes you want this book. It is truly amazing and insightful.Published 5 months ago by Ryan Hunziker
Most influencial book I have read in my life! Beautiful work!Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
what can I say, this book is a classic. Everyone who questions life and wants a deeper understanding of it all should buy this book. Read morePublished 20 months ago by angie
Where to start? This book isn't just to be read, it's to be experienced. It was so much more than anything I'd expected. Read morePublished on July 25 2014 by Pierre F Sigman