Ram Dass, whose given name was Richard Alpert, was terminated from his Harvard professorship in 1963, along with his colleague Timothy Leary, for his experimentation in psychedelic drugs. Alpert then traveled to India, studying with guru Neem Karoli Baba, and was given the name Ram Dass, which means “servant of God.” He wrote “Be Here Now,” a seminal 1971 book on yoga, spirituality and meditation. In 2013, he published a summary of his experiences in the book “Polishing the Mirror: How to Live from Your Spiritual Heart.”
Boston native Ram Dass, 83, lives in Hawaii. Leary died in 1996.
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