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The Only Dance There Is (Doubleday Anchor Original) Paperback – March 5, 1974
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I love Ram Dass. For those of you who are in the "dark" about him, he is formerly known as Richard Alpert...no relation to Herb. He and fellow psychoanalyst, Timothy Leary (anyone ever hear of him) promoted LSD as the way to change EVERYTHING in your life. From curing alcoholism to feeling as though there is a deeper side to everything that we see, LSD was the "wonder drug" that made it all possible. Instead of going fullbore into the trip that made Leary so famous, Alpert went to India seeking Spirituality and came back as Ram Dass. You see, when the consciousness changes, the name changes, as well. Our name must reflect our inner nature. In some circles I am known as Mi Che Lob...which simply means, I like Michelob beer...
This book is a written account of Dass' visits to various institutions. He was trying to get "prisoners" to see that there is way out of the game they were currently in. Whether we're in a brick and iron facility or in a prison of our own making makes little difference to Ram Dass, we can be free from those prisons when we begin to identify ourselves not with a body, but with the Spirit of all Creation...with God...y'see, Christianity does not own God. They would like to think that they do, but God does not promote only one type of religion, God does not only allow "certain" people to experience bliss and peace, God does not vote Republican. God is the Impersonal made personal; a Love that knows no bounds that is within and around each being. Everything is God and God is everything.
This is the book that got me to start chanting OM MANI PADME AUM every morning and every evening and got me strange looks from my dad.Read more ›
For reference, the book is a sort of "transcript" of talks given at the menninger Foundation in 1970 and at Spring Grove hospital in 1972.
Here is a classic quote from the book: "I used to hang out with the Mellon Family. The Mellon family is very rich. Each of the parents has 700 million dollars. That's rich in my book. The kids were poor. They each had only 20 million. I hung out with one of these kids who had 20 million dollars and he felt like a bum... That's far out from my point of view."
Ram Dass skillfully uses stories like this to illustrate the spiritual truths that craving objects leads to suffering, that peace of mind lies within, and so on.
Excellent book. Thanks Ram!
The backdrop of Ram Dass - an acid researching, Harvard psychologist, who went to India for answers to his questions on existence, mysticism, and spirituality, is needless to say, unconventional. I frankly didn't know what to expect from the book. And I was not only surprised beyond my expectations, but also intrigued to a point where I rediscovered many of my latent questions about life.
If you are coming from a path where you've read some of these:
Lobsang Rampa, Aldous Huxley, Blake, Sri Aurobindo, Gurdjeff, or others who try to explain eastern philosophy/mysticism/what lies beyond/Karma/astral travel/the meaning of life, in a manner that we can understand, this is definitely a great book for you.
Good look, I hope the book gives you some "answers" on your quest
"The Only Dance There Is" is a favorite of mine. I still have my original marked up 1974 copy that I can't imagine that I'll ever part with. It is a treasure. Ram Dass is the master storyteller of this lifetime, and most of his books contain very quotable stories that will have an impact on you. I use many of his stories when writing my own books. Ram Dass has been a mentor of mine and he has enriched my life with his books, including this one.
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I loved it and found his personal dialogue most comforting. This edition has caused me to seek other books by Ram Dass.Published 2 months ago by Cathy Miller
I LOVE this book and bought it as a gift for my best friend who just turned 65.
She loves Pema Chodron and I love Baba!
be here now, art of meditation and polishing the mirror are his 3 best works and essential to any yoga library. Only a collector or completist would want this. Read morePublished 11 months ago by John C.
Ram Dass (born Richard Alpert in 1931; he was once infamous for his relationship with then-fellow Harvard professor and "LSD Guru" Timothy Leary) became a spiritual teacher... Read morePublished on January 24, 2014 by Steven H Propp
A MARVELOUS read. I enjoyed it all. I have always been impressed with his tenacity for trying to speak the truth as he knows it when spending time with people; I have been wuth him... Read morePublished on January 14, 2014 by tbass