“You’re tumbling into the soup,” Ram Dass said to me during our first interaction on Skype.
My initial thoughts (in this order) were: “I hope it’s not clam chowder, I can’t stand mollusks,” followed by “I think this work is going to change my life forever.”
When I started working for the Love Serve Remember Foundation, two years ago, I didn’t even know who Ram Dass was. I was fresh out of college with a degree in Commercial Media and I was looking to get my money’s worth. I didn’t know at the time that over the next two years I would be introduced to a new way of existing that would far exceed the value of currency. I know it sounds cheesy, even to me, but there’s no other way to explain the light that came on once I started to listen to old lectures and made an attempt to filter through those decades of wisdom.
Family and friends that know that I work with the foundation often ask me, “What’s Ram Dass like in real life? Is he genuine?” After spending time with him in Maui on a few occasions it’s difficult to express how “real” he actually is. The man radiates love. The man is love. He’s not trying to be perfect, he’s not trying to preach to you or tell you how to live your life, he’s simply to the point in his life where he radiates what already is, and wants to share that peacefulness and awareness with everyone. If we could all learn to appreciate what is rather than what has been, or what will be, I think we’d be surprised to find an inner peace inside of us that we may not have noticed.
Ram Dass has been sharing these teachings since the sixties – long before the Twitterverse and the Facebooksphere existed, when “FaceTime” actually meant spending time in someone’s physical presence. Technology can be a gift or a curse. It enables us to interact with so many people but can remove us from the present moment, where our life actually happening. That’s why I truly believe that “Be Here Now” may be the most important reminder my twenty-somethings generation will ever have. Ram Dass says, “When you are fully in the moment, the moment is all there is.”
It’s important that Ram Dass’ teachings are preserved for us and for our future, which is why we’re running a campaign to digitize his media library. Right now, a ton of his talks are still on cassettes and 8-tracks, and as “vintage” as some may think those are, they eventually wear out and the information on them is lost forever. We can’t afford for that to happen. Within this archive we also have some great material from Allen Ginsberg, Tim Leary, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Terence McKenna, just to name a few. So when you support this effort, you’re not only supporting Ram Dass’ teachings, you’re supporting the preservation of teachings from an entire generation of cultural icons.
To get involved with our campaign you can visit UrgencyNetwork.com/beherenow. We’d love to have your help to make this a success – and the great thing about the Urgency Network is that the more you interact with the campaign (even if you can’t afford to donate money) the higher chance you’ll have at winning the grand prize: A three day personal retreat with Ram Dass at his home on Maui. This is a campaign where everyone wins.
Let’s make the most of this journey. I hope Ram Dass’ wisdom will help you find your way along the path, wherever it leads.