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It's easy to dismiss Be Here Now as the relic of a whacked-out '60s acid tripper. Paging through the center section of
the book, with its inch-high print and psychedelic drawings, you come across lines like:
For madmen only
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Then you turn to the first page of the book, and you are suddenly sucked into the story of a Harvard psychiatrist who
has reached the pinnacle of success, discovers the mind-expanding powers of acid, and ends up trooping through India
with a 23-year-old holy man from Laguna Beach, California. In the story, you see all the trappings of your own life and
begin to wonder if India might hold the answers after all. Before booking your ticket, turn to the last section of the
Be Here Now, "Cookbook for a Sacred Life." Ram Dass saves you the trouble by proffering a sober introduction to the
basics of Hindu religion. Although he still can't resist CAPITAL LETTERS, he has done his homework, presenting a whole
range of concepts and practices having to do with yoga postures, meditation, renunciation, dying, and sexual energy.
So, for the most part, Be Here Now stands the test of time, and if you can entertain the center section in a retro kind
of a spirit, it might be just what you're looking for: "The opposite of craving is saying, baby, this is the way it is,
yeah, OK, here and now, this is it. I ACCEPT THE HERE & NOW FULLY." --Brian Bruya