Author(s): DASS, RAM
Sometimes illumination occurs spontaneously in a heart-wrenching moment of opening. More commonly, it happens when we polish the mirror of the heart with daily practice to see beyond the illusion of our thoughts and emotions and into the luminous landscape of our true nature.
For five decades, Ram Dass has explored the depths of consciousness and love, and brought them to life as service to others. With Polishing the Mirror he gathers together his essential teachings for living in the eternal present here and now.
Readers will find within these pages a rich combination of perennial wisdom, humor, teaching stories, and detailed guidance on Ram Dass's own spiritual practices, including: Opening our hearts to unconditional love; living; aging, dying, and embracing the natural flow of life; how selfless service transforms us; working with fear and suffering as a path to grace and freedom; guidance in devotional chant, meditation and mantra practice; and much more.
For those both new to and familiar with Ram Dass, here is his celebrated guide to discovering who we are, why we are here, and how to become beacons of unconditional love.
Ram DassRam Dass first went to India in 1967. He was still Dr. Richard Alpert, an already eminent Harvard psychologist and psychedelic pioneer with Dr.Timothy Leary. He continued his psychedelic research until that fateful Eastern trip in 1967, when he traveled to India. In India, he met his guru, Neem Karoli Baba, affectionately known as Maharaj-ji. Maharaj-ji gave Ram Dass his name, which means "servant of God." Everything changed then his intense dharmic life started, and he became a pivotal influence on a culture that has reverberated with the words Be Here Now ever since."Be Here Now, " Ram Dass s monumentally influential and seminal work, still stands as the highly readable centerpiece of Western articulation of Eastern philosophy, and how to live joyously 100 percent of the time in the present, luminous or mundane. "Be Here Now" continues to be the instruction manual of choice for generations of spiritual seekers. Forty years later, it s still part of the timeless present. Being here now is still being here now. Ram Dass now resides on Maui, where he shares satsang, kirtan, and where he can amplify the healing process in the air and waters of Hawaii. His work continues to be a path of teaching and inspiration to so many. Ram Dass s spirit has been a guiding light for three generations, carrying along millions on the journey, helping free them from their bonds as he has worked his way through his own."