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NOW

by Bhagavan Das

“Beastie Boy Mike D’s yoga guru makes some funky chants. Others have mixed chillout and Indian Music but ‘Now’ goes deeper than most…. It’s a serene spiritual album that also manages to belong to this time and space.” – Rolling Stone
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2. Raghupati
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Teacher, performer, counter-cultural icon, lover of God: Bhagavan Das is as rich and manifold as Existence itself.
Born within sight of the Pacific Ocean in California, Bhagavan Das was raised in the heart of postwar American affluence. Six and a half feet tall, athletic, musically and scholastically brilliant, Mike Riggs typified the promise of Southern Californian golden youth.
But bored and disturbed by the monotony of suburban existence and the sterility of American materialism, he set forth to explore the world, leaving home at the age of eighteen to seek fortune and experience. A long journey had begun.

Busking for change throughout Europe, hanging out with the yet-unknown Leonard Cohen in Greece, the future Bhagavan Das headed east, hiking overland through Afghanistan and Pakistan into India. All possessions stolen, he threw himself into an intensive and painful period of solitary retreat. Upon emerging he had a new direction: total, unitary focus on devotion to God.

For the next six years he lived as an Indian sadhu, deepening his spiritual practice and sharpening his discernment. He met many saints and holy people, but his heart was truly opened by his guru, the great Neem Karoli Baba Maharaj, who gave Bhagavan Das his name. Bhagavan Das spent the next few years in the close company of his guru, absorbing his vibrations and drinking from the fountain of his grace.

Bhagavan Das gained worldwide fame from the publication of Be Here Now, the well-known “DIY guide to enlightenment.” The book documents Richard Alpert’s transformation into Ram Dass through an initial encounter with Bhagavan Das, who ultimately brought him to Maharaji. This fateful sequence of events has affected millions of people as it has rippled through time.

Bhagavan Das went on to record a number of albums that are considered classics. AH has been called an originator of the world music style, and Now, produced by Beastie Boy Mike D., brought traditional Indian chants together with contemporary beats and loops. In 2005 Bhagavan Das released the three-CD Sunset Kirtan, recorded live in New York. He has also written a memoir, It’s Here Now, Are You?, which emphasizes the necessity of personal effort to attain spiritual riches.

Today Bhagavan Das tours almost constantly, chanting the name of God and giving structured workshops on the mystic effects of sound. He visits all the major cities in North America and Europe yearly, and usually spends some time in the Caribbean or Mexico on winter retreats.

Beloved by his many fans and devotees, Bhagavan Das, or “Baba” as he is called, continues to touch the hearts of all those who interact with him. His almost palpable love of the divine led Lex Hixon to remark, “Bhagavan Das truly lives the Ramakrishna reality.”


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kt munger


Amazing and easy to dance to!!!! Love the contributing work from Mike D.

Pat


Very Cool and fun!

karen trifone

Bhagavan Das Now
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Tamara Turner, CD Baby


Having gained international fame by the publication of the book, Be Here Now, the well-known “DIY guide to enlightenment,” Bhagavan Das has become a counter-cultural icon and sought-after mystic, not only through his words but also through his music. Having undergone quite a transformation himself, from Californian roamer to six years of solitary retreat, living as an Indian sadhu, this teacher, performer and spiritual leader has recorded a number of albums, with Now being the most current release. Mixing traditional Indian music with an accessible, upbeat and modern approach, the music is meditative while being invigorating, grounded in spiritual traditions while relating to the current state of the world. For those studying these traditions and seeking music that aligns with their path to clarity and awareness, Now fills the present moment with remarkable richness.

Christine Walsh


I can only give this CD a 4 star rating as there is no comparison to the experience of participating in a kirtan with Bhagavan Das. I reached ethereal heights in a joy filled kirtan in Vancouver, BC. The evening was magical, enchanting, spiritually uplifting, my body felt as though i was levitating. Closing my eyes and singing with this CD is a positive heart blossoming experience. The photo of his mother on the cover is awesome. thank you Christine