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5.0 out of 5 stars About the beautiful cosmic reality behind the everyday.
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Does the job
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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69 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars About the beautiful cosmic reality behind the everyday., 7 Mar 2000
This review is from: Be Here Now (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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5.0 out of 5 stars Read This Now, 8 Nov 1998
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This review is from: Be Here Now (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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5.0 out of 5 stars "Embrace the 10,000 Beautiful Visions", 1 April 2012
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This review is from: Be Here Now (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. Even though the vehicle Ram Dass prefers is Hinduism, he writes of all religions equally and uses Christ, Allah, and the Buddha interchangeably to make his message more potent. This message, in a nut shell, is to feel unbending love and compassion for others, develop constant awareness, and to be present at all times.

Since it's original publication in 1971 the book has sold more than 2 million copies and has had an enormous influence on the Western world's awareness of Eastern philosophy and spirituality. I can't speak for everybody, but my copy of Be Here Now is one of my most treasured possessions; for me, it blew open the door to spiritual discovery like a fierce wind, and awoke in me a desire to walk through it. The third section, titled 'Cookbook For A Sacred Life', goes into great detail in explaining the necessary ingredients and various methods for preparing your mind, body and soul for a spiritual transformation. This section asserts that you don't need to go to India in order to taste spiritual fruits, as the fruit tree grows inside you. Finally, the book ends with a section of recommended books for further reading, which are humorously separated in sections with titles such as 'Books to Hang Out With' and 'Books It's Useful to Have Met'. To this day, Be Here Now's teachings shine like the sun and penetrate even the darkest spaces. I recommend it with all my heart to those with an open mind, and a thirst for self discovery.
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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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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
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Does the job, 8 Aug 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Baba Ram Dass gives us his wisdom, wonder & humor, 14 Jun 1997
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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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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It's good - but it was the other times also...!, 3 May 2000
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As an admirer of Ram Dass I was disappointed to open my mail order copy of "Be Here Now" to discover I had heard most of it before - on his "Experiments In Truth" tape collection - and I had read much of his Indian exploits in "The Only Dance There Is". This is not the fault of Amazon, who only retail the book, and it is probably not the fault of Ram Dass, who only speaks the words and leaves it to his acolytes to transcribe, edit and market. But the latter have a responsibility to uphold his good name and I feel short-changed by paying three times for the same knowledge. Yes, the final section of "Be Here Now" is worth having, but the large dollop of hippie-type drawings and slogans in between are a bit of an embarrassment to all concerned. If you don't have any Ram Dass tapes or books, this is a good introduction to his fine work, but such publications should carry a warning that they have already been pubished in other formats. After all, very few of us are psychics...! Melanie
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5.0 out of 5 stars Evenually changed my outlook on most, if not all things..., 4 Jan 1998
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As withRamiji3@aol.com, I had to pick up the book on many occasions only to put it back down, and the excuses I used varied from " I don't get it..." to " No-one can tell me how to ' Be Here Now.' " As I evolved, my spirit led. I now ,at the age of 53, am still a HIPPIE. and though I still grow and hopefully gain wisdom, I shall always be a 1960's HIPPIE. Thanks to Ram Das and others...Mare Gordon..marethemaid@usa.net
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Basic Book on Eastern Religion for Americans, 26 Nov 1997
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"Be Here Now" is unique-- it's *the* basic introduction to eastern religion, written for any American who wants to put sincere spiritual idealism into practice in their own life. My friends in high school in the 1970s used to call this book "The Hippie Bible." (What a happy development that our country has opened up to the point where most anyone can feel comfortable reading it.)
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