Ram Das, whose real name was Richard Alpart, who was famous for being the country’s leading spiritual leader, passed away Sunday night. He was 88 years old.
Clinical psychologist sits his name, which means, in Hindu0 “Servant of God0 “, guru, Neem Karli Baba, also known as Maharaj-Ji, took over. On a meditative visit to eastern India in 1967, Das met him. It was an important meeting, which completely changed the course of the slave’s life, and inspired him to author the book, B. Hier Nau, whose more than 2 million copies have been sold out.
Before meeting Maharaj-ji, Das was a Harvard professor. In collaboration with Timothy Leri, Ralph Metzner, Aldes Huxley and Alan Ginsburg, they researched silosybin, LSD-25 and other psychedelic drugs. His research was so controversial that Das and Leri were expelled from the Harvard Academies, and both professors decided to go on their own psychedelic journey. He travelled to Mexico, ate mushrooms, and studied the source of consciousness, expanded the mind, and being a catalyst for real thinkers for drugs.
When Das travelled to India and met Maharaj-ji, he gave his mentor a large dose of LSD, to see how such spiritual leaders would react, and there was much to his surprise, drugs had zero effect on them. After several visits to India to spend time with Maharaj-ji, Das settled in the United States to focus on his new non-drug spiritual awakening, a combination of beliefs of Buddhism, Hinduism, Sufism, Christianity and Judaism.