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Be Love Now: The Path of the Heart Hardcover – November 2, 2010

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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


“A gift of love from the man who introduced me to the idea of higher consciousness and became one of my greatest teachers.” (Dr. Wayne Dyer)

“It is a compelling text, chock full of history, teaching, and truth.” (New Age Retailer)

“So many people are desperately searching for love, whether consciously or unconsciously. May Ram Dass’ intimate and heartfelt account inspire others to find their own path of true love, compassion, and joyful service.” (Thich Nhat Hanh, author of Savor)

“The awakening power of love shines on every page of this wonderfully inspiring book. With insight and engaging humor, Ram Dass shares with us a lifetime of spiritual practice. This book is a rare treat. ” (Joseph Goldstein, author of A Heart Full of Peace)

“If the West even approaches enlightenment in the 21st Century, there’s no way to overestimate the role of Ram Dass in making it happen. He planted seeds that turned into a million trees; if and when they blossom, they will exude the fragrance of his teaching forever.” (Marianne Williamson, author of The Age of Miracles)

“Read this delicious, ecstatic journey and be awakened, be pulled body and soul into the heart of love.” (Jack Kornfeld, author of A Path with Heart)

“There is no one better than Ram Dass to transmit the essence of “Eastern” religion and philosophy to Westerners. He has made the journey and from the depth of his Joy and Wisdom he shares with us the journey of so many great Beings.” (Krishna Das, Kirtan Wala)

“Offering a deeply personal yet universal exploration of what he has learned on his four-decade pilgrimage across cultures and religious traditions, Ram Dass shares powerful lessons on love...” (Spiritual Media Blog)

“His deeply personal and profound process of inner transformation—through his guru’s “fierce grace” and a life of love and service—is told with characteristic candor and humor. Rich with teaching stories, Be Love Now is an invitation to open our hearts.” (Yoga International)

“‘Be Love Now,’ like ‘Be Here Now,’ is equal parts memoir and manual of meditation. It’s hard to believe the two books are separated by more than 30 years. The writing in ‘Be Love Now’ is as fresh and charged with insight as the earlier one.” (Los Angeles Times)

“It is not exaggerating to say that Ram Dass (formerly known as Harvard psychologist Dr. Richard Alpert) inspired multiple generations of spiritual seekers. Be Love Now proves he continues to do so through writing, teaching and most importantly, by example.” (LA Yoga)

“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.” (The Maui News)

“The celebrated teacher guides us through pitfalls and perils of our own spiritual journey.” (The Edge)

“Like Ram Dass’ earlier works, Be Love Now is amusing, eloquent, and wise; it’s a sublime addition to an already invaluable spiritual oeuvre.” (Yoga Journal)

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; 1st edition (November 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006196137X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061961373
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #442,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Green on 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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By kate on June 22, 2011
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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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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By John E. Welshons on 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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