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Still Here: Embracing Aging, Changing, and Dying

by Ram Dass

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Not knowing a great deal about Ram Dass or his background and what he stands for I had at least heard of him and decided to see what he had to say in this book. Getting on in years now and having suffered a stroke he imparts upon us his parting wisdom so to speak on how he and most of us will have to come top grips with our eventual decline and departure from this worldly existence. Any ones guess as to where it will take us, Ram Dass does not get into particulars here but does offer some food for thought and consideration in coping with this ultimate and the difficulties of enduring the pain and battle of letting go with as much peace and resignation that each of us must determine for ourselves. ( )
  knightlight777 | Jun 21, 2015 |
I wrote a review of his film Fierce Grace in which the review mentions these books. You can find the review posted here:
http://hubpages.com/hub/In-Favor-of-His-Savagery ( )
  MSarki | Mar 29, 2013 |
There is nothing dense about Ram Dass. One doesn't need to be steeped in the scholarship of whatever topic he is writing about. But he makes you feel...peace. In this book he discusses painful topics, but he does it with no attachment to the pain. He does not claim to be special--far from it! But he does put his faith in a higher power--which he names Maharajji--and I wonder if that isn't his secret. He says he as been blessed with [Fierce Grace]. May we all find such blessings. ( )
  kaulsu | Feb 2, 2012 |
I laughed aloud and then lapsed into a contemplative silence when I recently encountered a church sign which read, "Ten out of ten people die. Are you ready?"After reading Ram Dass' Still Here, I'm ready.With gentleness and compassion, spiritual pioneer and stroke survivor Ram Dass guides readers in an exploration of two much maligned - yet inevitable - human undertakings, aging and dying. The wisdom he shares is simple and profound: Yes, we are our bodies, but we are also infinitely more.As we age, Ram Dass reminds us, the focus of our lives gradually shifts from activity to stillness - a sometimes frightening prospect for a society that places such enormous emphasis on productivity and accomplishment, not to mention the physical beauty, good health, and independence which youth often swaps for old age.Grounded by his own human experience and illuminated by years of spiritual study and practice, Ram Dass' insights invite us to begin stripping away the layers of fear surrounding our own inevitable futures. In doing so, we find that aging is just as beautiful, just as much a blessing, just as much an opportunity for growth, as the youth we often cling to. ( )
  emmmilyd | Dec 30, 2009 |
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Still Here: Embracing Aging, Changing and Dying is Ram Dass' reflection on the joys, pains and opportunities that appear as we age. In the 1960s, Ram Dass was a Harvard professor who turned to Eastern religion to answer the questions troubling his generation. He shared his story in the landmark--indeed classic--book, Be Here Now, which captured the spiritual longings of his contemporaries. In 1997, Ram Dass suffered a nearly incapacitating stroke that affected his speech and movement. The next two years he devoted to his healing and recovery. Drawing on this experience Ram Dass once again has produced a thought-provoking book that speaks to the soul. It is an appealing selection for those seeking insights and reassurance about the mature seasons of our lives.… (more)

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