RAM DASS
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This is an intimate portrait of Ram Dass (Richard Alpert), the ‘60s guru, spiritual teacher, cohort of Timothy Leary, and author of Be Here Now, one of the most influential books of the 1970s. With humor, warmth and intelligence, this film tells the remarkable story of a life that has become a testament to faith. 

Enhanced by the music of Krishna Das, the documentary is much more than a bio-pic or a meditation on the process of aging . It is an inspiring look at a man whose life can be summed up in one word -- service.  "What one person has to offer to another is their own being, nothing more, nothing less," he says.

The film begins as Ram Dass confronts the effects of a massive stroke in 1997 that left him physically incapacitated, with impaired memory and speech. Interweaving conversations with Ram Dass, interviews with people who know him, and archival footage, the film chronicles his fascinating journey through life: childhood, the controversy surrounding his research on psychedelics with Timothy Leary at Harvard, his studies in India with Neem Karoli Baba, (Maharaj-ji), who renamed him Baba Ram Dass (Servant of God), his work with the Seva Foundation in social action projects dedicated to relieving suffering in the world, and his impact as an author and guru to millions of followers.  

"When I first met Ram Dass 25 years ago," says director Mickey Lemle, "one of his messages that touched me was that we are both human and divine -- and that we must hold both simultaneously. He would explain that if one goes too far in the direction of one's humanity, one suffers. If one goes too far in the direction of one's divinity, one runs the risk of forgetting one's zip code. So his stories and teachings were funny, self-effacing, and with an extraordinary grasp of the metaphysical. In form and content his stories are about living on those two planes of consciousness, and the tension between them. His explorations took an uninvited turn, when he suffered a massive stroke. Now, he has been forced to live his teachings in a way he had not expected.”

For Ram Dass, aging has become a gift. "I was galumphing through life before the stroke," he says. "I'm at peace now more than I've ever been. The peace comes from settling in to the moment."  
This film gives us intriguing glimpses at the insights gleaned from a life of spiritual inquiry.

Director Mickey Lemle will be present to take questions from the audience.