Why Ram Dass Is Still Here

Nearly 30 years ago, a peculiar book called “Be Here Now” became the third-ranked best seller in the English language (after Benjamin Spock and the Bible), turning its unknown author, Ram Dass, into a household name among hippies, draft dodgers, psychedelic devotees, and spiritual seekers. The book, which has sold nearly 2 million copies to date, was completely unique, an amateurish, cut-and-paste dharma manifesto for a generation of baby boomers disillusioned by the Vietnam War and the repressive, Ozzie-and-Harriet worldview inherited from the Eisenhower establishment.

The story it told perfectly mirrored the era it sprang from: The scion of a prominent Jewish family in Boston, Harvard psychology professor Richard Alpert, had his life turned around when Timothy Leary moved into the office next door and turned him on to LSD. This foray into acid blew Alpert’s scientifically trained mind off its hinges and led to his founding, along with Leary, the Harvard Psilocybin Project–the first attempt to induce, quantify, and compare religious experiences, in a laboratory setting–and to becoming the first tenured professor in this century to be ousted by that institution.

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