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R. Dass
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1 Jun 1971
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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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Publications (1 Jun 1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517543052
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517543054
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 20.3 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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69 of 70 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
At first glance this book appears to be off the wall, maybe psychotic maybe a hippy trip...designed to lead people out of the workplace and into the poppyfields. I read it while sufferring clinical depression. I thought first part, Ram Dass' biography was unbelievable and the middle part describing the inner journey to God/enlightenment was over the top nonsense. But I liked the cookbook...the very clear "how to" suggestions for spiritual life. Since then I've got out of the asylum (!) and back to work, always gaining strength from mantra meditation...even some joy from it. The crazier sections of this book...I now see them as descriptions of very real spiritual processes which are I hope nascent in my own spirit. What I got from it is that spiritual growth is not a flight of imagination..its a process of grounding oneself in the real...becoming more aware of the here and now until you are ready and open enough to feel the eternity and joy of the spirit in the present moment. The book is very compassionate and I think truthful. I reckon it would be helpful for anyone with an open mind.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read This Now 8 Nov 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
A friend lent me this book years ago. It sat on my shelf for years (I was intrigued enough not to give it back, but not enough to actually read it). Then one day, seeking answers, I picked it up. The first section is interesting, the third section useful, but the middle section changed my life. Midway through it I stepped into the void quite unexpectedly (so surprising it left me in tears) and my life has never been the same. It's terminology may be dated, yes, but it's message is timeless. Look past your prejudices. Read it with an open mind, and you, too, may be reborn
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Embrace the 10,000 Beautiful Visions" 1 April 2012
Format:Paperback
Be Here Now is a classic text on Hindu spirituality that bloomed open like a lotus flower in the wake of the hippie movement. The seed for this book was planted in the mind of Harvard psychiatrist turned Indian mystic, Ram Dass, and was written - with the blessings of his guru - for a Western audience who were for the most part materially rich but spiritually poor. Be Here Now offered it's readers and followers a drug free alternative for attaining higher states of consciousness, while its simple message to live in the present encouraged the pursuit and cultivation of inner peace.

The book is split into four sections; it begins with a fascinating personal account of Richard Alpert's transformation from Harvard psychology professor, to LSD spokesperson, and finally to holy man Ram Dass. The second part of the book contains a glimpse at the wisdom Ram Dass accumulated on his journey in India, and the text is accompanied by beautifully hand drawn illustrations, all of which are printed on a visually pleasing brown paper. This section is what the book is known for, and not surprisingly either considering it's strange presentation and mind melting insights. If you haven't seen it yet, then I can safely assume you haven't witnessed anything like it before; even if you hate the book, it will still stay with you. The core book, titled 'From Bindu to Ojas', reads like a secret manuscript that cryptically speaks of a truth found from a far away land. It's pages encourage those on the spiritual journey to abandon their socially constructed ego and to instead dwell in the warmth of the soul, a process only achieved through the centuries old method of yoga and transcendental meditation.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The craziest guidebook to life and spirit ever. 29 July 1997
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Format:Paperback
My spiritual father, who was then my father-in-law, introduced me to Be Here Now. I thought he was crazy and the book even crazier.The next time we visited I picked up the book and took a closer look, ahhh, maybe it wasn't so crazy after all, but not for me. Each time I visited I was drawn to read a bit more of this "far out" book. Over a year later I finished reading it. And then I read it all over again. How wise my father-in-law had been to set me on this path. I am eternally grateful to him and to Ram Dass for their love and guidance. Ram Dass' words ring true. Any one looking for answers would do well to start with Be Here Now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The craziest guidebook to life and spirit ever. 29 July 1997
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
My spiritual father, who was then my father-in-law, introduced me to Be Here Now. I thought he was crazy and the book even crazier.The next time we visited I picked up the book and took a closer look, ahhh, maybe it wasn't so crazy after all, but not for me. Each time I visited I was drawn to read a bit more of this "far out" book. Over a year later I finished reading it. And then I read it all over again. How wise my father-in-law had been to set me on this path. I am eternally grateful to him and to Ram Dass for their love and guidance. Ram Dass' words ring true. Any one looking for answers would do well to start with Be Here Now.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Does the job 8 Aug 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I acquired this book so that I could annoy people with glib buddalike thoughts. It has plenty of those and so was a worthwhile purchase. I did not find enlightenment, but possibly came to it with the wrong mindset for that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
Why would anyone run away from a fast-track, high-status career to study meditation on a mountaintop? Read this book and you might be tempted to book your own passage to India. With astonishing honesty and humor, Baba Ram Dass describes his bumpy journey from anxious academic to psychedellic evangelist to spiritual teacher --- and shows us ways to find our own paths. I've travelled around the world, moved from east to west and back again, and held on to this gentle guide for 16 years. A lovely book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Be Here Now!
"When you understand the thought is the thought of the thoughtless, your singing and dancing is none other than the voice of the dharma".

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Published 2 months ago by Stephen Barnes
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Only half way through but really enjoying the book. Shame I didn't get it years ago. Could be life changing for some. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Rambling and hard work. As though the writer couldn't focus clearly on what he was trying to convey. Also I don't think this book lends itself easily to Kindle version. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ruth Megan Page
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most profound spiritual books I have read.
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Be Here Now was first published in the 1960′s and spoke to hearts of a whole generation. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Hanuman Dass
5.0 out of 5 stars Very cool book
The book arrived in brilliant/new condition. I love the illustrations in the main section of the book, they are a great compliment to the peaceful, spiritual and insightful... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Miss L E MacLellan
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't recommend enough
I found it very hard to put down. Look at it nearly everyday. 'Tis only a book, but what a book. Wish I had read it long time ago(!?) & could buy more to give to others. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Josi
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational
Can't put it down - it throws up so many ideas and inspirational thoughts. I wish I had bought a copy earlier
Published 18 months ago by Mr Fantasy
5.0 out of 5 stars INTRODUCTION TO BABA NEEM KEROLI
Glimpses of a great saint, worth the entire book just to read the story of the biscuits! The rest which is all influenced by taking LSD and covers rudimentary yoga exercises can be... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mrs. M. R. C. Thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read
Slightly dated now, but an inspirational read.
Pity about the frequent references to drugs, but I guess a sign of the times in which it was written. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mr P.J. Bentley
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book
I cant stress enough just how helpful this book was to me. The middle part just seemed to explain so many things that I had gone through that no one else up to that point had been... Read more
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