Understanding our whole aspect spirituality is perhaps the hardest thing. When starting out, it is often confusing as to where to start, how to go about it and how to know if you are doing things the right way or not.
But once we figure things out, the path is a smooth one and the results are really amazing and heart warming.
If you are just starting out on this journey and would want to get good guidance on it as far as yoga, meditation and other spiritual aspects are concerned then you simply want to read the book titled, “Be Here Now” book.
It is packed with valuable information on that specific topic.
And my be here now book review will be walking you through the most essential areas of the book like the gist of it, some more meat of the book, comparison with another great book on this topic, the pro’s and con’s, customer reviews, target audience, where best to buy it and my final thoughts on the book.
Now, onto our review. Shall we? 🙂
Name: Be Here Now
Author: Ram Dass
Best Place to Buy: www.amazon.com
Genre: Self Help Book
Publisher: Lama Foundation
Publication Date: October 12, 1978
The Gist of Be Here Now
Be Here Now is a book that guides you through yoga, spirituality and meditation.
The book has over 150 pages which takes you through how you can implement on a yogic regiment and metaphysical illustrations.
The book also has a chapter dedicated to book recommendations and quotes on this subject. The content here will help you grow physically, emotionally and spiritually.
The author of this book is called Ram Dass formerly known as Richard Alpert. He was born in 1931, April 6.
Ram is an American former academic, clinical psychologist and a spiritual teacher.
He is also well known for a number of things such as, his relationship with the Hindu guru Neem Karoli Baba, founding the charitable organizations Seva Foundation and Hanuman Foundation and his personal, professional associations with Timothy Leary at Harvard University in the early 1960’s, not to mention his travels to India.
He also uses his podcast “Ram Dass Here and Now” to educate people all over the world on spirituality. He does continue to teach people through his website as well.
The Meat Of The Book
Before I get into the meat of the book, here is an interesting story you want to know about where the book has come from.
Ram Dass got permission from Maharaji to publish this truly insightful book in America in the year 1971.
Instructions were given to the publisher to present the first copy to Maharaji in India immediately after printing.
Maharaji was not very conversant in English but after reading the first copy by the publisher, he asked Ram Dass that a section of the book should be deleted because it had lies in it.
Ram became very anxious because there were about thirty thousand copies that had been printed and now he had to make changes as Maharaji has said.
He tried to request that the changes be made in the next edition because it would cost him a loss of around $10000 to reject the printed copies, but Maharaja was not having it.
He said that there is no relationship between money and truth and therefore he stated that the lies in the book had to be correct because they would hurt readers.
Following this, there was a strange incident that happened. The photograph of Maharaji was missing which meant that the book could not be printed.
More to that, the original copy was missing and a new version of it could not be made!
Am sure that this happened to have them make the proper corrections the book, which they did.
Anyway, I felt that it was important for you to know a little bit about the book before you get to read it to know how much it meant for maharaji for the book to be completely truthful.
Onto the content in the book now.
The book has four sections.
The First Section
Has a short autobiography that describes the success of Alpert being a psychologist, his research on psychedelics at Harvard together with Timothy Leary and his anxiety when that research did not answer the spiritual questions that he had.
Next, he describes his journey to India and how he was initiated into a Guru chela relationship with Neem Karoli Baba. This resulted to him being spiritually renamed to “Servant Of God” or “Baba Ram Dass”.
The Second Section
This is the largest section which entails a collection of spiritual, religious and metaphysical aphorisms all which are accompanied by illustrations.
The Third section
This section acts like a guide for you on your spiritual or yoga path.
Here, you will learn meditation, insightful quotes from respected teachers of a wide range of religions and spiritual traditions and some yoga techniques.
The Fourth section
The last section has been titled “Painted Cakes Do Not Satisfy Hunger” which is sort of a commentary in Zen on liturgy.
This section contains a list of recommended books on spirituality, religion and consciousness.
The lists of the book are divided into books you should hang out with, books you should interact with now & then, and other books that will go a long way in enriching your spiritual life.
I cannot possibly put out all the interesting parts of the book here since they are a lot but I encourage you to read the book to get all of them in the way the author had described them as they are very thoughtfully tackled.
Pro’s And Con’s
* The book’s content is great because it has been written by a professional in the area. The author definitely invested a lot so as to give good quality research.
* The book is a great guide to spirituality, yoga and meditation. It honestly answers the questions its readers might have on those areas.
* It has great illustrations to support the content in the book. Illustrations are key in understanding content of the book so when its great it makes readers engrossed in the book more.
* Some people have said that the sections of the book are unreadable.
This is because the ink used for pictures was the same used for words.
Also some words have been trapped in the binding deeming them unreadable.
You can expect this to happen to a book that was published in the 70’s going by the poor technology back then. But then, you can get the concept if you read the other sections carefully.
* Some people might have their concerns on the part of religion as laid out in the book.
This may prove to be quite limiting for some folks but I would like you to take spirituality as something distinct from religion and read the book with an open mind to get the useful knowledge shared there.
Please note that the weaknesses in the book are not major and that you will definitely get something out of the book.
Be Here Now Vs The Urantia Book written by multiple authors
The Urantia book is a spiritual book that reveals to its readers the mysteries of God, the universe, world history, Jesus and ourselves.
The book uses science, religion and history to bring meaning and hope into your life.
Although content in both books differ slightly, the books have a lot to offer when it comes to the topic of spirituality and understanding ourselves.
So I would recommend you read them both.
Who is the Book For?
This Be here now book has been targeted for anyone that wants to understand their spiritual life on a deeper level. Anyone that is also getting started on meditation or yoga.
The content is well wired around those topics and I felt the book would be a great light to those who want to know a good deal of spirituality.
Anyone that is aiming to gain knowledge on those topics I mentioned, is best placed to read this book.
Customer Reviews Trends
I think it’s important to know what people that have used the book say about it.
Well, I took my time to find out for you what people were saying about the book and I have to say that most of them loved it.
One reader said the book was great and opened his mind on meditation in ways that other books on the topic would not.
Another reader says the book is beautiful and is more useful in life than any other religious book. She said that it was a great helpful read for her.
Another talked of how the book is a must read for everyone. Also, he says that if you once you’ve read the book it would be nice to buy for your loved one because the content is worth sharing.
There were also a few customers that expressed their problems with the book as I mentioned in the con’s but they are just a few. They are not as many compared to the people that praised the book.
Video Reviews On The Book
I also watched the video reviews on the book and reviewers expressed their thoughts on the book and why people should read it .
I could see how enthusiastic they were when reviewing the book and they expressed how helpful the book was.
One reviewer actually said that the book was one of the most amazing books she has ever read. Here she is.
Another also said that the book changed his life.
All this speak volume on the kind of content you should expect from the book.
Where to Get Your Copy of the Book
To get yourself a copy of this extremely helpful book, I encourage you to go to www.amazon.com. This is because I find buying from the store to have so many benefits because you get:
* Free access to prime reading
* Free shipping for print book
* No extra cost once you get one kindle first ebook a month
* Free access to audible channels and so much more
As I wrap up this review, I would like you to remember that from the things you’ll get from the book include:
* A collection of spiritual, religious and metaphysical aphorisms all which are accompanied by illustrations.
* Meditation and quotations from respected teachers of a wide range of religions
* Spiritual traditions and some yoga techniques
* And more
My Thoughts On The Book
This is a great book to guide you through spirituality, yoga and meditation and the beauty of life in general.
I loved the fact that the author took his time researching on the content laid out in the book and also the illustrations given in the book. I therefore recommend this book to anyone.
And that is pretty much it with this book.
Another great book I would encourage you to read is The universe has your back. Wonderful book!
I look forward to getting your questions and suggestions on the book .
Feel free to leave in your comments as well as your questions.
Here’s to setting yourself on an inspiring spiritual journey by reading this book!