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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)