Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments:
An Entheogen Chrestomathy
Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D. and Paula Jo Hruby, Ed.D.
Author Index | Title Index
The Only Dance There Is.
Ram Dass. (1974).
Garden City, NY: Anchor Press/Doubleday.
Description: A Doubleday Anchor paperback original edition, x + 180 + i pages.
Contents: Untitled about the author, Editors' Statement by Tony Sutich and James Fadiman, four chapters, index.
Note: Ram Dass was formerly known as Richard Alpert. All four parts of The Only Dance There Is have been published in slightly different form in the Journal of Transpersonal Psychology. The book is based on talks by Ram Dass at the Menninger Foundation, Topeka, Kansas, in 1970; and at the Spring Grove Hospital in Maryland in 1972.
Excerpt(s): And he [Indian holy man Maharaj-ji] said these substances were known in the Kulu Valley, long ago, but all that knowledge is lost now. Then he said, "It's useful, it's useful, not the true samadhi, but it's useful." Then later when questioned about LSD by some young Westerners that were with him, he said, "If you're in a cool place and you're quiet and you're feeling much peace and your mind is turned toward God, it's useful." He said it will allow you to come in and have a visit-the saint, of a higher being of a higher space-higher consciousness is how you can translate it. But he says you can't stay there-after a couple of hours you gotta come back. He said, you know, it would be much better to become the saint, rather than go and have this visit; but having this visit is nice. He said it strengthens your faith in the possibility that such beings exist. At the time he used Christ as the saint he was talking about. He said it allows you to have the visit of Christ but you can't stay with him. It would be better to become Christ than to visit, and LSD won't do that for you. He said it will strengthen your faith, but it won't make you into that. He said love is a much stronger drug than LSD medicine. (pages 112-113)
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