It's Here Now (are You?)

It's Here Now (are You?) : A Spiritual Memoir

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Leaving California at age 18 with $40 and a guitar, Michael Riggs traveled to India, searching for something more than "the American Dream." Once there, he studied with several teachers and lived the austere life of a yogi, eventually falling under the loving blanket of Neem Karoli Baba, who renamed him Bhagavan Das, or "servant of God." For seven years Das moved through the subcontinent, from Bombay to Madras, Kashmir to Darjeeling, fully embracing Hinduism and all its practices, worshiping the Divine Mother, and studying Buddhism, transcendental meditation, and tantra. In Nepal he met and became the teacher of Richard Alpert, the Harvard professor, LSD experimenter, and expatriate whom Neem Karoli Baba would rename Ram Dass. After the publication of the bestselling classic Be Here Now, in which Alpert described their experiences together, Bhagavan Das arrived back in the United States to find he was a celebrity. Traveling on the guru circuit - where he forged a number of influential and lasting relationships with other seekers such as Allen Ginsberg, Alan Watts, and Chogyam Trungpa - Bhagavan Das lived more like a rock star than the saint he was proclaimed to be. He spoke and sang in front of groups of thousands, had sex with spiritual groupies, did drugs, and witnessed the hypocrisy of his path and that of his peers. His disillusionment continued to grow; meanwhile, he felt an intense pressure to earn a more traditional living for his wife and children, and for years he struggled to integrate his Eastern mysticism with Western spirituality. In compelling detail, Das explores the myriad of forces that sent him on a tortuous journey that led him to study the peyote culture of theAmerican Indians with Little Joe Gomez, fall under the influence of Joya, become a born-again Christian, follow Ammachi Ma, and eventually, after hitting rock bottom, find a way to reconcile both worlds.show more

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  • Paperback | 312 pages
  • 139.7 x 213.36 x 12.7mm | 317.51g
  • HARMONY
  • New York, NY, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • portraits
  • 076790009X
  • 9780767900096
  • 390,653

About Bhagavan Das

Bhagavan Das was born in Laguna Beach, California. He is a frequent speaker and performer at gatherings around the country. He lives at Harbin Hot Springs in Northern California.show more

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In his classic book "Be Here Now, Ram Dass introduced the world to a young guru named Bhagavan Das. Continuing his own story in "It's Here Now (Are You?), Bhagavan Das shares the profound and surreal moments of his spiritual awakening in the East, his fall from grace in the West, and his peaceful reconciliation with the sacred center. For many years in the early '70s Bhagavan Das moved through India and Nepal, embracing the austere life of a holy man, exploring Hinduism, Buddhism, transcendental meditation, tantra, worshipping the divine mother, and living under the loving blanket of his guru, Neem Karoli Baba. Only twenty-five years old when he returned home to the States as a celebrity, he found himself traveling on the "guru circuit" with Ram Dass, Allen Ginsberg, Jerry Garcia, and Timothy Leary--living more like a rock star than the saint he was proclaimed to be. In compelling detail, Bhagavan Das explores the tortuous journey that led him from his quest for the sacred to his spiritual death and eventual rebirth. A vivid memoir like no other, "It's Here Now (Are You?) is an odyssey that will inspire seekers of any age on their own road to fulfillment.show more

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