by Olivia Cecchettini
by Ram Dass
Summary: Part memoir and part spiritual guide to simple living, Be Love Now offers a fascinating glimpse into Ram Dass’s path following his personal Guru, Marahaji-ji. Guru, in the West, is a word laden with many connotations. In the East, the word still carries an energy of devotion and service. Be Love Now is the third book in a three part series, beginning with Be Here Now (written 30 years before this book) and Still Here, written after Dass suffered a stroke.
Ram Dass’s message remains the same: just BE. Be without judgment, be without attachment, but most of all, just be.
Dass reflects on his journey through India and the deep, profound effects it had on his life. Dass describes the power that can be cultivated from surrendering the ego and following one’s heart. Be Love Now challenges the reader to dig through his or her layers of consciousness and find deeper truth, meaning, and purpose in their life.
Why I love It: I especially enjoyed reading about Ram Dass’s spiritual journey, his words felt more relatable and human than in his previous books. He writes in detail about a six month period when he lived in an ashram and learned to completely surrender to his Guru’s guidance. I found it easy to connect with his true humanness as he shared private opinions and stories about Marahaji-ji and their time together.
Marahaji-ji is a guru in the tradition of Bhakti Yoga, the yoga of devotion and love. I attended the yoga festival Shaktifest in Joshua Tree, California, and though I’d been in years past, I noticed for the first time the images of Marahaji-ji everywhere as a way to stay connected to his energy and message. It was so powerful to make that connection through yoga lineages.
Recommended For: People on the spiritual path will likely enjoy this book. Even if you do not study or practice Hinduism or Buddhism, this book speaks to many spiritual and religious traditions because its true underlying message is love.
Dass teaches that presence creates love. When we are present and surrender to the moment, the guru, or path, reveal themselves to you. You must remain dedicated to keeping the mind focused in the present moment. Many of us need to slow down enough to hear the whispers of wisdom coming to us everyday, slow down enough to smile and make eye contact with a stranger and truly embody what it means to BE LOVE NOW.
Olivia’s yoga journey began in 2003. She is certified in Vinyasa, Hatha, and Aerial Yoga and holds a Masters degree in Spiritual Psychology. She believes the mind, body, soul connection is sacred and encourages her students explore and expand within their own bodies and consciousnesses.