Be Here Now

"Discover mindfulness and self-awareness with 'Be Here Now' book. Dive into spiritual wisdom and enlightenment as you explore the teachings of this timeless classic. Embrace the present moment and unlock a profound journey of self-discovery. Get inspired and find your inner peace today."
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Book overview:

  Be Here Now, published in 1971, is a book on spirituality, yoga, and meditation by American yogi Ram Dass. The title comes from a statement made by his guide, Bhagavan Das, during his journeys in India. The book has been praised as “seminal” and popularized Eastern spirituality and yoga among the baby boomer generation in the West.The Lama Foundation published Be Here Now in 1971, with over two million copies sold. The original title was From Bindu to Ojas, with illustrations by Lama community residents. The book underwent several revisions, including changes about Baba Hari Dass, who was no longer involved in the temples’ physical work. A French version was published in 1975 and is available online since 1997. The Lama Foundation donated the copyright and proceeds to the Hanuman Foundation in 1977.

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Summary:

The author experienced a sense of inadequacy and a sense of anxiety as they became involved in the inner circle of a high-ranking academic and therapist. They felt trapped in a meaningless game where students and faculty played the roles of students and faculty, with little interaction between them. As a therapist, they felt trapped in the drama of their own theories, which led to more erratic behavior and a sense of malaise. This led to an increase in alcoholism, promiscuity, and wildness in their lives. As a professor at Harvard, they were admired for their achievements, but the horror of their inner turmoil was palpable. The author’s Judaism was a political one, coming out of a tradition of folk-oriented Judaism.As a social scientist, I struggled with my academic background and struggled with diarrhea and tension. Despite my academic achievements, I found myself on the faculty of good universities. I could prepare good lectures on Freud and Human Motivation, but my work felt theoretical and unvalid. My colleagues considered my work intellectual fun, but it didn’t affect my life. I felt like I was part of a group of men and women who were not highly evolved, and their lives were not fulfilled. I worked hard and felt like I was being promised all the keys to the kingdom.

The author, a Western explorer, and a 23-year-old Indian sculptor, Harish Johari, spend five days in India with a group of friends. They attend seminars and learn mantras from Harish, BhagwanDass, and David. When it comes to leaving for Japan, the author decides to follow Harish on a temple pilgrimage. Despite facing physical and emotional challenges, Harish remains compassionate and supportive. The author becomes childlike and becomes a powerful sculptor, playing and singing with the Hindu people. Despite facing embarrassment and financial struggles, Harish continues to teach and inspire the author, ultimately changing their lifestyle.The protagonist is traveling with a friend who is training them in a unique way. They are silent during their travels, discussing past experiences and future plans. They sing holy songs and practice Asanas, but there is no conversation. The protagonist feels profound intimacy with the friend, who is at home wherever they go. They encounter a Southern Buddhist monk named Dharma Sara, who is an initiate in the temple.They also encounter Shavites, followers of Shiva, and Swamis, who have a mark on their foreheads and perform chanting. The friend’s deep connection with the monk is profound and profound.

MONEY AND RIGHT LIVELIHOOD

Money is considered “green energy” and its vibrations affect us all. The way we obtain energy from others affects us, as we are all interrelated. Obtaining a livelihood should not increase paranoia or separateness in the world, but rather the involvement of those who do it. The right livelihood for an individual depends on the interplay of social, cultural, economic, hereditary, and experiential factors. To find the right livelihood, one must calm their mind and change their occupation to align with their new understanding. The next true being of Buddha-nature may appear in various roles in a complex society, and their faith in the divinity of man is strengthened through simple interactions.Karma yoga is a practice that involves bringing a third component into every action, such as digging a ditch. By adding a third focus, such as a disinterested person, the action can be run through their head, freeing one from identifying with the person digging the ditch. This approach avoids assigning motives or values to the third party. To avoid this, choose someone who is already enlightened, such as Krishna, Ram, Buddha, or Christ, who can see the act in its cosmic significance and understand the underlying thoughts and history.Various techniques can be used to introduce the third focal point into one’s life, such as offering the fruit of each action to a manifestation of God or the thought that all forms and acts are part of the One. These mantras remind the practitioner that it is all One and only appears within the illusion. By incorporating this third focal point into one’s life, one can overcome the ego-centric predicament and achieve enlightenment.

Review:

  The book resonated with the author, who worked in middle management in the civil service before becoming a full-time Yoga teacher. The job made them feel empty and unsatisfied, and a period of work-related anxiety led them to consider changing their life. The financial commitment of a mortgage tied them to their job, and the realization that they would be 68 years old when they paid off the mortgage was a moment of awakening. The book contains inspirational quotes and passages that resonated with the author, such as “When you have quieted your mind enough and transcended your ego enough, you can hear how it reall is.” The book is a valuable resource for self-improvement and provides a lifetime of knowledge.

FAQs:

Q : What is the synopsis of Be Here Now book?
A : “Be Here Now” is a spiritual and philosophical book by Ram Dass (formerly known as Richard Alpert), first published in 1971. The book is a journey of self-discovery and mindfulness, guiding readers through a transformational exploration of consciousness, spirituality, and the pursuit of inner peace. It blends teachings, illustrations, and personal accounts to inspire readers to embrace the present moment and live with greater awareness.

Q : What is the idea of Be Here Now?
A : The core idea of “Be Here Now” is to encourage individuals to live in the present moment and cultivate mindfulness. Ram Dass emphasizes the importance of letting go of attachments to the past and worries about the future, and instead, fully embracing the here and now. By doing so, one can attain a deeper understanding of themselves, connect with their spiritual essence, and find inner peace.

Q : How many pages is Be Here Now by Ram Dass?
A : The original edition of “Be Here Now” contains 416 pages. However, it’s worth noting that there might be different editions or variations with varying page counts.

Q : How many copies of Be Here Now are there?
A : As of my last update in September 2021, there were over 2 million copies of “Be Here Now” in circulation. Since this number might have changed since then, I recommend checking with the book’s official publisher or a reliable source for the most up-to-date information on the book’s sales and distribution.