Love Everyone: The Transcendent Wisdom of Neem Karoli Baba Told Through the Stories of the Westerners Whose Lives He Transformed

Love Everyone: The Transcendent Wisdom of Neem Karoli Baba Told Through the Stories of the Westerners Whose Lives He Transformed

by Parvati Markus


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A celebration of Neem Karoli Baba, one of the most influential spiritual leaders of our time, the divine guru who inspired and led a generation of seekers—including Ram Dass, Daniel Goleman, and Larry Brilliant—on life-changing journeys that have ultimately transformed our world.

In 1967, Baba Ram Dass—former American Harvard professor Richard Alpert—left India to share stories of his mysterious guru, Neem Karoli Baba, known as Maharajji. Introducing idealistic Western youth to the possibilities inherent in spiritual development, Ram Dass inspired a generation to turn on and tune in to a reality far different from the one they had known.

From the spring of 1970 until Maharajji died on September 11, 1973, several hundred Westerners had his darshan (in Hinduism, the beholding of a deity, revered person, or sacred object). Those who saw him formed the Maharajji satsang—fellow travelers on the path. Love Everyone tells the stories of those who heard the siren call of the East and followed it to the foothills of the Himalayas. The ways they were called to make the journey, their experiences along the way, and their meeting with Maharajji form the core of this multicultural adventure in shifting consciousness.

The contributors share their recollections of Maharajji and how his wisdom shaped their lives. All have attempted to follow Maharajji’s basic teaching, his seemingly simple directives: Love everyone, feed everyone, and remember God. All have found their own way to be of service in the world and, in so doing, have collectively touched the hearts and souls of countless others.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062342997
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/10/2015
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 1,180,624
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

PARVATI MARKUS is a developmental editor and writer of spiritually oriented nonfiction books and memoirs. She has worked on books by various members of the satsang, from Ram Dass’s classic Be Here Now (before she went to India) to those since her time in India with Maharajji (1971–1972)—from Dada Mukerjee’s By His Grace and The Near and the Dear to Krishna Das’s recent Chants of a Lifetime. She is a former president of the board of the Neem Karoli Baba Ashram and Temple and a former development con-sultant for the Global Peace Initiative of Women Religious and Spiritual Leaders, held at the U.N. in Geneva, Switzerland. She lives in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Table of Contents

Foreword Ram Dass ix

Preface xi

Introduction xiii

Part 1 In the Beginning 1968-1969

1 The Call 3

2 On the Hippie Trail 25

Part 2 The First Wave 1970-March 1972

3 The Early Ones 41

4 May All Beings Be Happy 53

5 On the Bus 65

6 Christ and Hanuman Are One 83

7 Kausani: The Monsoon Retreat 99

8 Nainital High 111

9 Sporting with Krishna in Vrindavan 137

10 Where the Sacred Rivers Meet 163

Part 3 The Second Wave March 1972-September 1973

11 Comings and Goings 183

12 The Music of the Spheres 211

13 Following the Path 233

14 Over the Wall 253

15 The Summer of Delight 275

16 Dropping the Blanket 293

17 And in the End 313

Bios 329

In Memoriam 355

Notes 357

Glossary 359

Resources 365

Acknowledgments 367

Index 369

Credits 378

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