After Richard Alpert was fired from Harvard in 1963 for conducting psychedelic drug research, he journeyed to India, found a guru and was renamed Ram Dass ("Servant of God"). Soon, Ram Dass...
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After Richard Alpert was fired from Harvard in 1963 for conducting psychedelic drug research, he journeyed to India, found a guru and was renamed Ram Dass ("Servant of God"). Soon, Ram Dass became a spiritual inspiration to people across the globe. Interspersing archival footage with intimate glimpses of Ram Dass today, RAM DASS FIERCE GRACE is a poignant meditation on hippiedom and spirituality.
I've read Ram Dass's "Be Here Now" and "Journey of Awakening". I've seen his other books on the shelf like "How Can I Help" and "Grist for the Mill" and though it's been a while, I recall his account of meeting his guru for the first time from "Be Here Now" which is retold in this doc. Being familiar with him, Fierce Grace felt very natural to me like a visit from an old, trusted friend. I soaked in the Kirtan chanting of Krishna Das as well. Beautiful. The footage of the gatherings of like minded youth at his family's estate and the story of his psychedelic experimenting which eventually led to his spiritual journey were magical.
Let me say this is some Real Stuff from life. We all have our struggles in life and this film shows others struggling through things like the death of loved ones and having to deal with the aftermath of a stroke. It gave me strength to deal with my own issues and to remember the process of life from the more eternal perspective. Thanks Ram Dass!
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