[San Cristobal, New Mexico]: Lama Foundation, 1970. String Binding. Square quarto size, 114 pp. including text on front and rear wraps. Near fine. Item #17102608
An unusual book developed by the Lama Foundation to help seekers find spiritual energy - the title, "From Bindu to Ojas" is Sanskrit for "From Material to Spiritual Energy". We offer here the "core book" of Ram Dass's work "Be Here Now", or "Remember, Be Here Now". The entire work was comprised of several items distributed in a box, including an autobiography; this "core book", a free-form collection of metaphysical, spiritual, and religious aphorisms which is filled with illustrations (all in black) and freeform type which are straight out of the 60s; a manual for starting on a yogic or spiritual path, a list of other recommended books, and apparently also an LP record of chants and spirituals from the "contemporary" (i.e., the 60s) scene". As is said on the web site of the Lama Foundation, "it was a true do-it-yourself kit for a spiritual journey". Ram Dass (born Richard Alpert, 1931) began his career as an academic, and through research into and experiments with the connectedness between drugs and mystical experience, became an adherent to and a teacher of a mysticism based on psychedelics, intially through the use of drugs and then through meditation, yoga, and group therapy. ***DESCRIPTION: Printed entirely on heavy tan paper (rather like a grocery sack), three-hole punched and hand bound with twine, replete with illustrations intertwined with the text, which, once past the title page, is oriented such that one turns the book to the side to read (the text starts at the bottom edge and proceeds to the top edge); large square quarto size (11.25" by 11.25"), fourteen signatures of eight pages each, paginated [i-v], 3.1-3.108 (presumably paged thus as this was the third book in the boxed set?), [1, blank], [1, with letters "H/HRI/I"], [1, rear wrap, with publisher's name and an illustration]. Per the web site of the Lama Foundation they are "not sure what the total number of box sets was, but is confident that there were at least 1000 copies total. Newspaper Publishing Corporation of Albuquerque, NM produced most of the contents of the box." In addition, note that they state there were two separate printings of the box set, and there are no differentiations between those two printings. ***CONDITION: Near fine, the pages are clean and without wear, the black ink is deep and unfaded, and the volume is free of prior owner markings; the colour pastedown on the front wrap is missing (as is often the case), the front wrap has some very shallow bends to the corners, and there is one very light, old dampstain at the top fore-edge corner; else fine. A magnificent example of 1960s pop art in book form. ***POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard shipping charge does not always cover costs; please inquire for details. ***Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.