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BE LOVE NOW ~ by Ram Dass with Rameshwar Das

Be Love Now

Be Love Now

BE LOVE NOW  is the final book in Ram Dass’ triology which includes BE HERE NOW and STILL HERE.

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.

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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:

Devotees:  5-Ladybugs
General Readers:  4-Ladybugs Takes some curiosity and effort

Baba Ram Dass

TLC Booktours  Schedule for this book.  Ram Dass website.

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:


A reminder:   keep making comments even just to say hello on THE GIFTS OF IMPERFECTION post because the drawing for a free copy of the book will be on October 30th – just a few days away.

You are able to make a UNICEF donation at HARVEST POTLUCK and get the free ebook too.


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27 Responses to “BE LOVE NOW ~ by Ram Dass with Rameshwar Das”

  1. Patricia Says:

    My email system went down the other day…we have it up and running now – some great pictures will accompany this post in a little bit…Thank you for you patience

  2. Dot Says:

    I enjoyed Be Here Now and other things I’ve read by and about Ram Das, but lost interest when I became disillusioned with New Age thought. After reading the new book about Leary, Alpert and others at Harvard and learning that Alpert was a bisexual sex addict who extorted sex for drugs, I’m less excited than ever.

    Patricia Reply:

    Well Dot Alpert went sexless and into healthy eating and body care after his journey with the Golden Boys….he went the new age route even though his guru was married with quite a large family – he did not discover that fact until very late in his life.

    His guru also did not eat very healthy foods and had quite a foul mouth – hmmm

    It was an interesting read to find the full circle of his life discovered because he had time to reflect and learned from what he had experienced.

    This book rather closed the door on my interest in the Golden Boys Club – I was never a great fan.

    Hope we can get the ladybug rating system in place…too!
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..Worship =-.

  3. Talon Says:

    Patricia, you really write reviews very well.

    I haven’t read any of his work. I’ve never really been an “enlightenment” sort of reader…our journeys are so personal that reading someone else’s doesn’t really add to my own – if that makes any sense?
    .-= Talon´s last blog ..Unending =-.

    Patricia Reply:

    That makes great sense to me Talon and Thank you for you kind words. I think it is always better to live one’s own life and discoveries and then one can find their authentic self rather than imitate someone else’s journey. But many folks need a push or two to get started?

    I was fascinated by all the folks who followed Gilbert’s journey after Eat Pray Love was published….That book and Committed at least had lots more information about how we make change and historical perspectives on marriage. Although I seem to be the only voice talking about how those concepts truly grabbed my attention.

    I am very glad I was asked to review this book, I don’t think I would have read it otherwise and it did provide great closure for me on some very painful abusive moments in my life.

  4. Steven Says:

    It sounds like a very profound book. I’ve never read anything by Ram Dass before. Enlightenment is a difficult thing to describe. It seems to manifest itself in different forms to different people. Some need psychedelics, some need an empty cave, some need hippie culture, and some need religious scriptures. Others need a guitar, and some just need the breath.

    Interesting stuff.
    .-= Steven´s last blog ..6 Tell-Tale Signs You’re Going To Fail =-.

    Patricia Reply:

    Steven,
    Thank you for your good words of sharing…they truly added to the review some great insight.

    It was a fascinating book to read – I have read the whole trilogy now and seen the documentary – healing from the stroke was of the biggest interest for me

    I have to head out to work now…so I will come and read your interestingly titled post tomorrow…

  5. vered | blogger for hire Says:

    Not really into this kind of thing but I have to agree with Talon – your reviews are great.
    .-= vered | blogger for hire´s last blog ..8 Fall Fashion Trends I Just Don’t Get =-.

    Patricia Reply:

    Vered,
    Thank you for your kind words – they feel very wonderful and are much appreciated by me – as they are from all the fine writers who comment on my posts

    I found this book to be quite a diligent read, although I appreciated how by coming full circle the author was able to show us how his Jewish roots and his understanding of all faiths truly now resonate with his spirit and life’s work – it was one of the best integration stories I have read.

  6. Patricia Says:

    I enjoy your reviews and your insights.

    We have different views but are both on a journey. Part of what makes the journey interesting is meeting different folks along the way and hearing about their travels. It would be pretty boring if all I heard was my own voice.
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..What none need ask… =-.

    Patricia Reply:

    Patricia,
    I think diversity is what makes the journey most delightful, although I hope I am not sharing my beliefs on this post just my experiences and knowledge about this authors beliefs and life journey. I think blogging allows for more discussion and diversity to blossom. Thank you for your good words…

    I want to encourage others to think and explore and I think that is what I am gifted at accomplishing. :)

    I enjoy reading your posts very much.

  7. Jannie Funster Says:

    Hey, Patricia, I’m not sure I even have to read it to be reminded that yes, Being Love Now, and always is the way to go. What a perfectly pure sentiment.

    Yes, I am interested very much in personal enlightenment. Liara Covert has been my major influence.

    xoxo
    .-= Jannie Funster´s last blog ..Spaghetti Thing Revisited — a poem =-.

    Patricia Reply:

    Liara is a major teacher, now that I have figured out her syntax of expression!

    The author’s journey is all about how to be love…always, in every moment….

    Thank you for sharing your good words and I bet your post has something to do with Hilary’s spaghetti harvest post????

  8. Mark Says:

    I love the writings of Ram Dass and I was not aware of this book. Thank-you for sharing this review.

    Patricia Reply:

    Mark,
    This book is slated to be on the book store shelves November 2,2010….

    You are welcome and thank you for commenting, always good to hear from you on your journey

  9. suzen Says:

    Hi Patricia! This review is absolutely top-notch! I’m totally convinced you are THE best reviewer ever!

    Hugs,
    suZen

    Patricia Reply:

    suzen,
    Your review was great too…and your words made me laugh…and laugh…

    I write what I wish to read about a book…I do not care for reviews that spoil the read…or don’t help me be inspired to explore further… or are too revved up to be just random excitement…

    That is my motivation. I have also been writing book reviews of a sort for nearly 40 years…I think I am good at it…I just wish I would get paid!

  10. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. thanks – the explanation was really good – I feel I understood a little more, and especially after your interaction with Dot.

    A book or three I should read .. but for now I’ll settle for that knowledge .. and hope to get back here to see the video .. but time creepeth up ..

    Book reviews – another talent .. something to learn .. thanks and hope the work it going along effectively .. cheers Hilary
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..Where is the land of eventoed ungulates Where is the driest place on earth =-.

  11. Patricia Says:

    Hilary,
    This is a good book but a challenging read and I think it truly helps to have the whole trilogy under your wings….The video is a whole documentary…I did see it on the free documentary site on line, which someone will remind me of …as I can not remember it right now – my link is to the purchase of the DVD…because hopefully my review will make Ram Dass some income as these things and Dr. Wayne Dyer’s generosity are what keep him going these days as he can not lecture or travel any more.

    I usually read 3 books a week, the work is keeping me just reading it….it is a big job but very interesting to me…and I think writing these book reviews assists me in gleaning the important information from the grants….those that are done well truly are assisting teens in making much better choices and fuller more productive lives and that is powerful reading. I will say – my eyes are tired!

  12. Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours Says:

    I’m so glad that this book was a good fit for you! Thanks for sharing your thoughts as part of this book tour.

    patricia Reply:

    You are welcome Heather. I was happy to do this and curious about the author and his story. Thank you for sharing it with me.

  13. J.D. Meier Says:

    > “The qualities of that SELF are peace, joy, compassion, wisdom, and love.”
    Those are some mighty fine qualities for an effective self.
    .-= J.D. Meier´s last blog ..It’s Not Motivation =-.

    Patricia Reply:

    JD
    It is a fascinating book and a great sorting out of a life, and faith, and what it all means.. I think you would appreciate the author’s words

  14. Rameshwar Das Says:

    Patricia,
    Thank you for your kind words and all of you for your thoughts. I’m Ram Dass’ co-writer on Be Love Now. We tried to bring home that unconditional love is something we can all touch, and that our real work, finding God, a guru, are all inside our Self.

    patricia Reply:

    Rameshwar Das,
    I recognize your name from the book title and pictures…and I think from reading the book your message of finding God and unconditional love IS all within us…I found that message with great clarity and it was quite a joy to put all the pieces of reading together.

    I hope I did credit to your wonder full efforts. Thank you for your kind words and sharing on this post.

  15. Davina Haisell Says:

    Hi Patricia.

    I’m pleased for you that you enjoyed reading this book and I appreciate your review. There were indeed a lot of poignant quotes to pull from the writing.

    Although it was well written, I did not enjoy the reading, though I appreciate hearing a different perspective. I love how people take different things away from reading the same book.

    It’s important for people to voice their honest opinions and to decide whether or not to read a book based on what their gut tells them.

    Patricia Reply:

    Davina,
    Well, I had a hard time reading the book too, but I decided to really push myself and integrate the ideas….then when I finished I was proud of my efforts and all that I learned from the experience…Yes! I agree we need to express our honest opinions.

    I grew up with a teaching mode of learning spirituality, and although as a graduate student I thought having a guru would be “neat” I think my way of doing it mostly on my own, because of being rejected by the authorized community, was the most powerful and energizing way of learning for myself.

    I have created my own discipline, and it is nice to know that truly we are all on the same path to our most authentic self…one lifetime and many different vehicles to transport…and I will conclude that there are many, many folks living on this planet who have zero desire for any spiritual awakening at all – that is their path …I can see it and know that it is not for me.

    Every time some fundamentalist/conservative group dumps garbage on my lawn, I know that I am on the right path….I like affirmations for the little things, but it is the wrestling that truly moves me forward.