BE LOVE NOW ~ by Ram Dass with Rameshwar Das
It is a reminiscent memoir of Richard Alpert’s enlightenment in the ‘60s and how he came to be Ram Dass. It applies deeper meanings and significance to the process of his transformation, which could only be written because he has lived a lifetime in between. There is significantly more detail about how the process works in India, Hinduism, Buddhism, yoga and in the Western World than in the original tome.
This was one of those Golden Sons of the Upper Crusts Harvard Professors, who dropped psychedelic drugs, revolted against the system and then journeyed through the Hippie- Love movement, and ended up in India revealing the even higher experiences and creativity open to the human mind and experience. This was one of my teachers, as those of us left behind went druggy, conservative, mainstream, or redefined the cultural paradigm shift for a generation. Heady Times.
When TLC online book tours asked me to read and review this book, I was carried back to my original context of discovering Be HERE NOW, it was a gift that came in a box and was tied together with a string material for binding. My ethics instructor let us each pour over his prized copy and we had discussion after discussion with the Beatle’s music providing background. We were envious and covetous of finding a guru.
According to this new book, a guru is not a teacher who models behavior because they are so far ahead of you on the journey; rather a guru is a reflection of what GOD is like within you. “A guru is the mirror, the journey is an illusion…. and you get to know that everything is one.” “You find grace, love, power, compassion, peace inside of you and the weight of negative thinking falls away.”
“Guru literally means remover of darkness, or one who can enlighten you.”
I found myself relieved that Ram Dass speaks of synchronicity and even crazy coincidences as the rascal behavior the guru is always playing with you; showing you where you are not.
“Your work is to practice contentment and surrender.” This comes after you open to the great awareness – you know – that term mindfulness that so many folks use today. One does not need to travel great distances to find a guru. He says, “The same person (or guide or study) who is a guru for one person maybe a teacher or a teaching for somebody else.”
My book is full of post- it notes to mark the places I want to go back to; I used up a whole container on this book! Here are several of my favorite quotes:
“Faith is a way in which you are connected to the universal truth.” “Faith comes within you the guru is the awakener.”
“ But then you have to comeback, do your work, and go become it.” “How fast, how consistently, and how totally we use them depends on the intensity of our desire to come to God.” “The way to God is grace-full.”
“The qualities of that SELF are peace, joy, compassion, wisdom, and love.”
Ram Dass’ healing and recovery from his stroke is featured in the documentary FIERCE GRACE.
It was quite reminiscence for me to read this book and to find Ram Dass has come full circle. I want to say a special thank you to Trish at TLC Book Tours for selecting me to review this book. They did send me a publisher’s copy of the book; I did not receive a fee or payment for this review.
The book is available through this site and Amazon.com, if you purchase through this site I will a few beans in my bucket !
I so enjoyed reading this book and I would rate it:
General Readers: Takes some curiosity and effort
Are you interested in the ways to enlightenment? What or who is your most powerful teacher? Are you curious about philosophies and cultures? Have you seen the documentary? How do you practice? Looking forward to your comments and good discussion:
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