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Article XXXVI: Baba Ram Dass: Be Here Now

Baba Ram Dass is the author of an interesting book entitled, Be Here Now, which describes his transformation from a drug-obsessed Harvard professor to a Hindu spiritual aspirant. Formerly known as Richard Alpert, he was quite a successful psychologist and professor at Harvard University. In his book he describes his and his colleagues' experimentation with various psychotropic substances to find the most perfect bliss through intoxication. However, he eventually realized that this bliss through intoxication is only temporary, and with guidance from an exceptional guru, he further realized that he could experience an even more perfect bliss through spiritual pursuits like meditation. Ultimately, Richard Alpert changed his name to Baba Ram Dass, and he has become a guru himself to people throughout the world.

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