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Summary

Ram Dass tells here, for the first time, the full arc of his remarkable life.

Perhaps no other teacher has sparked the fires of as many spiritual seekers in the West as Ram Dass. If you've ever embraced the phrase “be here now”, practiced meditation or yoga, tried psychedelics, or supported anyone in a hospice, prison, or homeless center - then the story of Ram Dass is also part of your story.

From his birth in 1931 to his luminous later years, Ram Dass saw his life as just one incarnation of many. This memoir puts us in the passenger seat with the one-time Harvard psychologist and lifelong risk-taker Richard Alpert, who loved to take friends on wild rides on his Harley and test nearly every boundary - inner or outer - that came his way.

Here, Ram Dass shares his life’s odyssey in intimate detail: how he struggled with issues of self-identity and sexuality in his youth, pioneered psychedelic research, and opened the doorways to Eastern spiritual practices. In 1967 he trekked to India and met his guru, Neem Karoli Baba. He returned with a perspective on spirituality and psychology that changed millions.

Populated by a cast of luminaries ranging from Timothy Leary to Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, Allen Ginsberg to Sharon Salzberg, Aldous Huxley to Alan Watts - this intimate memoir chronicles the cultural and spiritual transformations Ram Dass experienced that resonate with us to this day, a journey from the mind to the heart, from the ego to the soul.

Before, after, and along these waypoints, listeners will encounter many other adventures and revelations - each ringing with the potential to awaken the universal, loving divine that links us to this beloved teacher and all of us to each other.

©2021 Ram Dass and Rameshwar Das (P)2021 Sounds True

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A glimpse into the life of a spiritual rockstar.

This is an absolutely incredible book.

I am so grateful.

Thank you so much, Ram Dass and Rameshwar Das.

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A must

Anyone with spiritual aspirations will find enrichment.

Love to Ram Dass and us all on the journey home.

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Amazing !!!

I didn't want it to finish...
Extraordinary life, so much to learn from his example
What a beautiful Soul!

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so beautiful and peaceful my dear ☺️

what a loving memoir thank you Ram Dass . . . . . . .

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Amazing.

A must listen for anybody who wants to experience more love in their life. Thank you.

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Perfection

One of the most profound and important creations I've yet come across. Thank you Richard!

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Every human needs to experience this book

The book that fills in the blanks for those familiar with Ram Dass' talks. It sets a new gold standard for honesty in an autobiography. The choice of narrator perfect.

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Grows the heart

Probably the best audio book I’ve listened to. I didn’t want to put it down, as it were. The narration by Rameshwar Das is so clearly full of love for his mentor. Really beautiful.

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The story of one of the biggest hearts

Excellent journey through the life of Baba Ram Dass and beautifully read by Rameshwar Das.

Ram Ram Ram Ram.

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  • 08-05-21

Amazing memoir

When I heard Ram Dass had died I wasn’t surprised. I was sad but not emotional. By the end of this book I was holding back tears for the teacher we lost. Ram Dass poured everything he had left into this memoir. It was really entertaining, even though I’d heard many of these stories before in his talks. The book fills in many holes and gives a well rounded view of who he was at any given moment in time. It lays out how he became who he was in a comprehensive way. It is the definitive text on his life. Thank you Rameshwar Das.

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  • richard
  • 03-03-21

Being Real

The story reveals Ram Das naked transparency and open honesty. An integral tribute to a man of many seasons.

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  • Austin
  • 29-01-21

A+

I really liked getting a more inside look at Ram Dass' life, I thought I had heard most of it but there is a lot in here. Rameshwar's voice carries Ram Dass' old age well, helps me think Ram Dass is reading to me.

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  • VV
  • 02-05-21

absolutely beautiful

one of the most beautiful books I've ever read . his friend narrating just adds to the beauty. I thought, at the beginning , 'oh gosh is this gonna be an acid book ' ... but it is so far from that. such an amazing soul

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  • Denis Flynn
  • 15-06-21

God Bless

I loved getting to know Richard Alpert intimately and seeing how Ram Das came into being. This book invited me back into my heart again and again through subtle and potent golden nuggets of mystical wisdom and mystery. I laughed out loud countless times, cried once and smiled with glee while listening to this incredible piece of love. Thank you
Jaya Hanuman 🙏

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  • Jenny Wade
  • 15-05-21

Amazing

Has got to be one of the top spiritual biographies ever written. So much humility, honesty and love -- a real treasure.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-05-21

This book will appeal to anyone.

I am an anti-drug Christian, but I loved this book for it's honesty. I grew up hearing the stories of the LSD movement. I think it's easy after reading this book to assume LSD has a purpose for some. But I think the truth of using drugs lies within what happened to the people around the author. The shattered lives that were part of the background. While the Author was so driven to make a change for people with psychological problems he didn't see the carnage. Unfortunately we have not made much strides in the field of mental illness. You won't be able to put this book down. The author is raw and real and he may have some really good points for the use of LSD. It's unfortunate he was such an addict himself.

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  • JREDENTE9
  • 24-04-21

Inspirational

This Book was life changing for me. I have been a lifelong Catholic yet always felt pulled toward Eastern philosophy and Religion. Ram Dass spoke my truth and made me realize that no matter what you’re born into, you have your own journey. While never forgetting your past embrace your present and future. He was a great man, a true inspiration, and I take his words and plan to implement them into my life today and going forward. Highly recommend!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-04-21

Absolutely wonderful book!

This was quite long however engaging. A wonderful caring enlightened soul. I was always looking forward to each chapter. Loved this opportunity to grow in compassion and happiness along with gratitude for this souls journey. I will listen again. 🙏❤️💫

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  • Marcelo
  • 10-04-21

a book for the soul

Ram Dass's story will remain forever in my heart. I devoured this audiobook in one week