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Recorded on March 30-31, 1969, at a New York City sculpture studio, these are the original talks by Ram Dass that became basis for his seminal book, Be Here Now.

©2015 Ram Dass (P)2015 Love Serve Remember Foundation, all rights reserved. Published by BetterListen! LLC and Brilliance Audio.

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Those who know will understand

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would. To the normal waking person it may seem strange, but when accompanied by a mushroom or two you definitely get it.

What other book might you compare The Original Be Here Now Talks to and why?

There is no comparing this level of wisdom to anything. Ram Dass see's existence for what it is, and lays some heavy ideas on you.

Which scene was your favorite?

Every last second. Every ego shattering, beautiful sentence.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Definately, though if you were to listen to it in one sitting, you may not absorb the amazing amount of wisdom he displays.

Any additional comments?

This was obviously made in the 60's or 70's when use of psychedelics were very popular. My normal consciousness couldn't quite grasp it, but after eating one special mushroom containing (censored) I fully understood everything he was trying to say, and it absolutely changed my life. It made me realize how silly the ego is. It's not as big as we think it is, and you don't have to get rid of it. The Ego serves a purpose in the physical world, however, nothing beyond that. It is when you get lost in the illusion of ego that you run into issues.

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Worst audio book ever.

First minute or so is simply background noise. That was the best part of the book. Dude is like Mr. Rogers on acid. I tried, though. I really did. Several times this guy breaks off into an incomprehensible chant. Another time he tells the audience to breath colors out of specific nostrils. Again, Mr. Rogers on acid. If your thing is listening to some hippy generation quack go on and on about how to be like the hollow bamboo, this book is for you. For those of us in the real world, I recommend a hard pass.

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A Spiritual seeker must listen

I had always avoided Ram Dass for some reason when I began my spiritual seeking. I was too far gone in the writings of Terence McKenna, Robert Anton Wilson, Alan Watts and Manly P Hall to be concerned with this "guru guy" who got kicked out of Harvard for promoting psychedelic use.
I had always heard of the popularity of Be Here Now book, but I didn't quite understand why until hearing these lectures and subsequently reading the actual book itself.

It has been a game changer for me. I realized that everything I was learning from these other authors was mostly surface layer stuff. Stuff that really made a lot of sense, but somehow felt incomplete or unfulfilling. It was only after hearing these talks, that I really understood why I felt this way. Ram Dass explained, to a tea several stages I had already gone through and was continuing to go through in a way that no other author quite could.

Part of me wishes I could of read his stuff years ago so I would not of fallen into so many "traps", but I don't know if I could of assimilated as much as I have from these teachings had I NOT had the opportunity to of made my mistakes along my path. So I'm incredibly grateful for the timing of it all. I'm right where I should be. Right here and right now ;)

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Be here now

I loved this audio. I have listened so many times I also play it while I sleep. This is one of my favorites from Ram Das.

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Terrible

Sound is awful, it is very difficult to relate, and oh so so repetitive! There are much better options for audio versions on this topic.

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Rare spiritual gem

The key to Enlightenment can be found here. Similar to eckhart but original beautiful and a great help in its own way. Ty ram dass

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Interesting. Bad audio quality.

If they are going to charge, they could at least normalize the audio volume. It was incredibly quiet which resulted in my ears being blasted by gps directions since I was listening while driving.

You can tell at lot of his insights are drug fueled. Overall I found the message inspiring.

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Great and terrible at the same time

Ram Dass is both incredibly wise and insightful and at the same time vain and manipulative - like his former collaborator, Tim Leary, it feels a bit like he is noveau-wise. I find Alan Watts to be more aware of himself and more fun to listen to, but this is worth a listen to get a sense of the origins of the west connecting with eastern spirituality.

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Cool insight...

I enjoyed listening and will listen again. this was educational, and eye opening. Dass gave me the ability to confirm many ideas that I already held on to and provided clarity.

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Good but feels like just a starting point

I feel like I need to dive deeper into the content to truly grasp what was being discussed but it definitely caught my attention and had some great gems of wisdom.

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  • Davie
  • 09-07-18

Where did the time go???

I absolutely loved this! The time flew right past me. My only problem is the audio quality isn’t the best, but that’s because it’s 50 years old. Still really good stuff here!

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  • Ki
  • 04-18-18

I'm So Glad I Got This

such an enlightening audio and the chants relaxed me greatly. Wonderful audiobook to listen to.

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  • Maestro
  • 05-31-17

Amazing book

love how RAM Dass brings lightness to all of it, how he combined all levels of Creation right up to the beyond. Finały after many years of trying to comprehend this ladder towards inside I can say that I get it, and with his help I Am able to make it way simpler.

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