- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Lama Foundation (October 12, 1978)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0517543052
- ISBN-13: 978-0517543054
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (698 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It's easy to dismiss Be Here Now as the relic of a whacked-out '60s acid tripper. Paging through the center section of the book, with its inch-high print and psychedelic drawings, you come across lines like:
Magic TheatreThen you turn to the first page of the book, and you are suddenly sucked into the story of a Harvard psychiatrist who has reached the pinnacle of success, discovers the mind-expanding powers of acid, and ends up trooping through India with a 23-year-old holy man from Laguna Beach, California. In the story, you see all the trappings of your own life and begin to wonder if India might hold the answers after all. Before booking your ticket, turn to the last section of the Be Here Now, "Cookbook for a Sacred Life." Ram Dass saves you the trouble by proffering a sober introduction to the basics of Hindu religion. Although he still can't resist CAPITAL LETTERS, he has done his homework, presenting a whole range of concepts and practices having to do with yoga postures, meditation, renunciation, dying, and sexual energy. So, for the most part, Be Here Now stands the test of time, and if you can entertain the center section in a retro kind of a spirit, it might be just what you're looking for: "The opposite of craving is saying, baby, this is the way it is, yeah, OK, here and now, this is it. I ACCEPT THE HERE & NOW FULLY." --Brian Bruya
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A Lama Foundation Book. Describes one man's transformation upon his acceptance of the principles of Yoga and gives a modern restatement of the importance of the spiritual side of man's nature. Illustrated.
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The second portion of the book is devoted to odd spiritual doodles and prose- thoughts probably conceived while under the influence of a psychoactive. It's very relaxing and insightful to read. It doesn't answer the questions regarding the truth of reality (it's not a science text), but rather puts us face to face with the mystery of how our conscious minds interact with reality. A must for any spiritual searcher.
1/3/2017 Update: Didn't realize I have already reviewed this product but wanted to add... I'm on my 6th copy of this book. It catalyzed such an "Ah Ha!" moment for me that I keep giving it away to friends who may be working though their own spiritual identity questions or various life struggles.
This book is no ordinary book. Written on brown butcher paper in a whimsical style, inch high typeface of different shapes and styles are swirled and smattered over psychedelic imagery in haphazard, carefree, stream of consciousness. Yet, this was done with great intension and precision. The book itself is a ride that takes you on a journey out of yourself. It is no wonder Be Here Now captured the hearts and minds of a generation. As a thirty-something who's awakened to that something else underneath the fabric of daily reality (and if you're reading this review, you know what I'm talking about), Ram Dass's message and instructions in Be Here Now are exactly what the metaphysical doctored ordered. I wasn't around in the 60s. And if you weren't either, that's okay. You don't need senseless acid trips and Woodstock to see what was happening back then and what it was all about. The stuff of Be Here Now is timeless. You can experience the formless just by opening up to what's right and good in every moment. And in so doing, you learn how to take yourself not so seriously. Because really, you (the ego you) isn't really real anyways. You're a dream of a dream of a dream. Only, GOD is real (uh, oh, did I just scare you? I just felt you tighten up. C'mon baby, it's all good. I thought you were open-minded ;) ). Can you grok it?
And so here's part of my original review in all its censored glory.
Grok this book! Devour it with all your might. Let it devour you. Whether it you or you it matters not. This is a feast for the soul and a soul set free is a feast for cosmic consciousness. A well fed Universe is a happy Universe. Can you dig? This moment right now is all there is. Be it. Also, writing reviews is better fun than expected. Maybe I should do this more often. Is it okay to be this playful on in public?
Submit! Did it make it? I hope so.