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Be Love Now: The Path of the Heart [Kindle Edition]

Ram Dass , Rameshwar Das
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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Ram Dass’s long-awaited Be Love Now is the transformational teaching of a forty year journey to the heart. The author of the two-million-copy classic Remember, Be Here Now and its influential sequel Still Here, Dass is joined once more by Rameshwar Das—a collaborator from the Love Serve Remember audio recordings—to offer this intimate and inspiring exploration of the human soul. Like Deepak Chopra’s Book of Secrets, the Dalai Lama’s Art of Happiness, and Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Coming to Our Senses, Ram Dass’s Be Love Now will serve as a lodestar for anyone seeking to enhance their spiritual awareness and improve their capacity to serve—and love—the world around them.

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Ram Dass first told the story of how he met his guru, Neem Karoli Baba, known as Maharaj-ji, in the now-legendary Be Here Now (1972). Ram Dass has been a spiritual teacher ever since, ceaselessly reflecting on his profound transformation in India four decades ago, especially in the wake of his debilitating stroke in 1997. In this vivid, often mind-blowing blend of spiritual memoir and teaching stories, written with his fellow devotee, Rameshwar Das, Ram Dass remembers his guru’s baffling powers; candidly describes the tensions within the satsang, or “community of seekers,” surrounding Maharaj-ji; and explains his arduous “inner work” as he practiced yoga, chanted mantras that work on both vibrational and conceptual planes, and opened his mind to the presence of “realized beings,” including the Indian saints whose life stories he tells. Beneath the esoteric complexity is the spiritual essence, the unconditional love that Maharaj-ji channeled, the love that Ram Dass seeks to share with others. Love that “is like sunshine, a natural force, a completion of what is, a bliss that permeates every particle of existence.” --Donna Seaman


“You might say it took four decades to get from ‘Here’ to ‘Love.’ For Ram Dass, the journey can be measured more accurately in inches--from his head, to his heart.”

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  • File Size: 1364 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (November 2, 2010)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003VIWO3Y
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,549 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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65 of 71 people found the following review helpful
Book Review Be Love Now by Susan Schenck, author of The Live Food Factor, The Comprehensive Guide to the Ultimate Diet for Body, Mind, Spirit & Planet

In Be Love Now, Ram Dass teaches us about real love and how he found it in his guru, Maharaj-ji. He distinguishes emotional and romantic love from unconditional love. "It's more like love for no reason, love without an object...The judging mind gets absorbed into the heart-mind. The thinking mind is extinguished in love." He explains that "Emotional love is based on external gratification, having our love reflected back to us. It's not grounded in feeling love from inside."

This book contains the memoirs of Ram Dass' encounters with Maharaj-ji. The vivid details make you feel like you are right there in India, on a vicarious journey. When his guru read Ram Dass's mind, for ten years he thought this was what had impacted him. Later he realized it was his heart that opened. Maharaj-ji had loved him more than anyone in the world had ever loved him before. It was "love on another plane," "impersonal," and something he could "bathe in."

Ram Dass gives us tools to work with, such as the mantra, "I am loving awareness." We must learn to identify with our soul, not our ego. "Souls love. That's what souls do. Egos don't, but souls do." We must develop our witness state. "As you witness yourself, the process becomes more like watching a movie than being the central character in one." He points out that as we witness our ego stuff, we can offer it into the fire of love in the heart with the mantra, "I am loving awareness." Ram Dass also silently chants Ram, the name of God, while fingering his beads when he is out in the world. He discusses the value of music and satsang, hanging out with others on the spiritual path.
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lesson of Love November 4, 2010
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Wow. I was first attracted to this book because in the book description, it mentions a favorable review from Wayne Dyer, a Law of Attraction author/speaker. As someone studying the Law of Attraction, I was intrigued. Though the book is written from the perspective of a man following a Hindu path, the message that threads throughout the book goes beyond religion, culture, and other demographics. The book speaks to the universal language of each person's Inner Self: unconditional love. Not the diluted, clichéd meaning of unconditional love, but a love that resonates through body and soul, a constant blissful eternal love.

Throughout the book, as Ram Dass chronicles his lifelong spiritual journey, inspired by his spiritual teacher Maharaj-ji, he invokes the divine by impressing the everlasting nature of true unbound love. He distinguishes between the "emotional love" that many of us are familiar with, that depends on some sort of condition. Once that condition is taken away, the love sours; it's temporary. The love that Ram Dass describes is one that flows from the Divine, the type of love that he calls "truth-consciousness-bliss."

What impresses me most about this book is that Ram Dass teaches us, as human beings, to tap into ourselves to create this bliss that he has been experiencing over his lifelong journey. Some of the ways he discusses to accomplish the feeling of this love is through music, chanting, and viewing the people we encounter in our everyday lives as "divine manifestation." If we're to embody what Dass explains in this book, it would be hard not to feel a real sense of love and respect for all beings-humans, animals, plants, etc. Because it is through this love that we can experience true joy, that Dass defines as "being a part of the One.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A fine memoir...Does not deliver on the title June 22, 2011
By kate
I don't know what I expected from the book. It's a fine memoir about Ram Dass' journey. I have nothing but admiration for him. But I was hoping with a title of "be love now" that he would give more insight on how a normal person might experience this. Instead I felt a little alienated that I have not had mystical experiences with a beloved guru.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Loving Caress from a Beloved Friend . . . January 26, 2011
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When I first met Ram Dass in 1973, we went out to lunch at The Natural Kitchen in Tampa, Florida, where - it seemed - we spent more time gazing into each other's eyes than eating. At one moment, he said, "You and I are not we, but One." At another moment, "I love you more than you can ever love yourself." He was quoting Meher Baba, with whom we both shared history. But the essence of our connection with each other was profound. And unforgettable. In some sense, the essence of this beautiful book is that we human beings spend most of our time forgetting who we truly are. And who we truly are IS Love. In moments of Grace, like the one Ram Dass and I shared thirty-eight years ago, or the many moments of transcendent, unconditional Love he shared with his guru, Neem Karoli Baba, in India, we are given precious opportunities to remember. When Ram Dass first met Neem Karoli Baba, he was very much identified with his role as a former Harvard professor, intellectual, and psychologist. So he was - quite understandably - astounded by his Guru's ability to know everything in his mind. Only later, did Ram Dass realize that the REAL teaching was about unconditional Love. Because Neem Karoli Baba knew everything in his mind . . . and yet LOVED him unconditionally. The Guru didn't care how lurid Ram Dass' thoughts were . . . or what he had done . . . or how devious his desires might be. He just LOVED Ram Dass unconditionally, because he - himself - was a pure statement of unconditional Love. This wonderful book is a very moving exploration of the path from the mind to the heart . . . from intellect to LOVE. It is a precious revelation of the latest phase of the journey Ram Dass has been sharing with us - so eloquently, and so lovingly - for more than forty years . . . from BE HERE NOW to BE LOVE NOW . . . Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Still reading through, but I'm enjoying it a lot so far!
Published 1 month ago by Ben Long
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good book
I am getting so much out of this book i have decided to order it in hard copy as well. A wonderful reference book for the spiritually minded.
Published 5 months ago by Jg Steyn
3.0 out of 5 stars it ok
It was interesting but not one of my favorite reads. I put it on the back of my shelf and most ikely wont reread it.
Published 6 months ago by brenda brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Without Love We Parish.
Ram Dass has led an amazing life, one that everyone can have. This book may provide a path for you. Peace.
Published 7 months ago by andy cowell
5.0 out of 5 stars LIFE GOES ON
A moving book that can change ones life by helping to understand the opening of ones heart. Life goes on with this book pointing at to an importabt way.
Published 7 months ago by tbass
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Ram Dass
The pinnacle of Ram Dass' writings, sharing all that is most meaningful to him, in a way that engenders faith, and hope in humanity and the special souls who work to redeem...
Published 8 months ago by Gaylon Vorwaller
5.0 out of 5 stars The Way to the Guru
Ram Dass is the way to a guru. A guru is the way to God. Read his books and find out!
Published 8 months ago by J. Lawton
5.0 out of 5 stars Love at its finest!
Who esle but Ram Dass could bring the issue of "Love" to this level? Beautifully wrtitten and from the heart!
Published 8 months ago by Ann Cortese
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for spiritual explorers!
It's amazing how a man like Ram Das, of such great intellect and clarity of mind, can so eloquently elucidate the mystical. Even a skeptic has to be impressed. Learn to love. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Dan B
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
I read this hoping for an insight into the Indian Mystics but it didn't quite push the right buttons for me, in saying that it might open the mind for other readers.
Published 11 months ago by Dont_50
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Ram Dass, one of America's most beloved spiritual figures, has made his mark on the world giving teachings and promoting loving service, harmonious business practices, and conscious care for the dying. His spirit has been a guiding light for four generations, carrying millions along on the journey, helping free them from their bonds as he has worked his way through his own. He makes his home in Maui.

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