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Be Here Now Paperback – October 12, 1971
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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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There are no words to explain how much I learned from this book, and that the lessons follow me to this day. I still like to flip through it some days and read some of the brown pages in the middle.
I will just say, get it. You will NOT regret it.
Please get this book, now matter who you are or where you are headed in life, you can learn from it.
The core of the original book is closer to a comic book, or a series of posters, than a traditional book. If you want to experience the book in its original form, there is probably no substitute for a printed copy. But the Kindle version does take a very reasonable approach to dealing with the challenge of reproducing the original artwork: it includes graphics of each page and then, in a separate section, a transcription of the words on those pages. Although placing two graphics on each "page" of the Kindle book makes this a bit awkward to navigate, for some readers this version may be easier to read than the original: the printed book used dark backgrounds in some sections that make the text difficult to decipher, whereas the graphics and transcription in the Kindle version stick to white backgrounds. So, if reading red type against a brown background is not your idea of a good time, try the Kindle version.
The Kindle version does also include two guided meditation videos that may interest some readers. Unfortunately, these do not work in the Kindle Android app; I assume you need to have actual Kindle hardware to use them. In any case, I can't comment on these.
Bottom line: reading the Kindle version is a distinctly different experience of the book, but it's a reasonable choice for many, and possibly of interest even to those of us who already own the book in print.
Re the negative reviews - those are from people who probably were not even born when this book was published, who have no idea what the culture at the time of publication was like, and who cannot appreciate this kind of work.
This is a book which was published 40 years or so ago. It is a book about culture and also about spirituality. The culture part will likely be just a sociology/anthropology lesson for people born after the book was published. The format was interesting/exciting at the time of publication. (If the time of publication is foreign to you, look at it as an artifact of a long-gone time, and accept it on that basis)
The message in the book is still valid. As my original copy has been lost over the course of many years of experiences, I feel fortunate to be able to hold this one of my most-remembered books again.
I read the illustrated part with all the deep and poetic revelations cover to cover and loved it, however I find that keeping the paper back version as a coffee table book and picking it up from time to time, giving you smaller doses of wisdom is really the best way to read that part of the book.