Baba Ram Dass

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Richard Alpert AKA Ram Dass AKA Baba Ram Dass


America 1931 -present

Comments: Acid guru turned Eastern Yogi; meditation; Compassion; in the late Sixties at a "Be-In" at the Yale Bowl he told a young Chuck Furnace that the only important question was "How Can I Help?" because it acknowledged things were imperfect, but they could be improved, and that I was myself a powerful agent of Change, who could choose to help. He then pointed out the scariest clown I'd ever seen (Wavey Gravey) as being as 'in charge" as anyone of the food services. So I asked the Clown How Can I Help, and served a vegetarian stew to the assembled as part of the Farm's Free Healthy Food program;


Teachers; Meher Baba ; Maharajji AKA Neem Karoli Baba; Philip Johan von Strahlenberg; R. Gordon Wasson, co-author of The Road to Eleusis  ;

Students: Ian Corrigan; Chuck Furnace; Krishna Das AKA Jeffrey Kagel; Lama Surya Das AKA Jeffrey Miller of the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, MA; John Marco Allegro; Roland Griffiths, of John Hopkins School of Medicine; David Nutt, of Imperial College; Stephen Ross, of New York University Tisch Hospital ;

Friends: Robert Anton Wilson; Timothy Leary; Grady McMurtry ; Wavey Gravey; Ken Kesey; Bhagavan Das; Dr Larry Brilliant; Ralph Metzner;

Enemies: Harvard President Nathan M. Pusey; Dr. Jerome Jaffe, 1st drug czar;

Organizations: Harvard Psilocybin Project; Seva Foundation; Hanuman Foundation; Love Serve Remember Foundation;

Author: Identification and Child Rearing (with R. Sears and L. Rau) (1962); LSD (with Sidney Cohen) (1966); The Only Dance There Is (1974); Grist for the Mill (with Steven Levine) (1977) ; Journey of Awakening: A Meditator's Guidebook (1978; Be Here Now; How Can I Help?; Still Here: Embracing Aging, Changing and Dying (2000); Birth of a Psychedelic Culture with Ralph Metzner;


Resources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baba_Ram_Dass; http://login.ramdass.org/WP/ ; http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/12/religion-as-a-product-of-psychotropic-drug-use/282484/ ; http://www.cbsnews.com/news/14-days-psilocybin-hallucinogen-in-mushrooms-addiction-treatment/ ; http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/14/psychedelic-mushrooms-facts_n_6083436.html; http://healthland.time.com/2011/06/16/magic-mushrooms-can-improve-psychological-health-long-term/;