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Ram Dass : Chapter I (2019)

by East Forest, Ram Dass

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    Also includes photos of recording with Ram Dass at his home in Maui + a digital booklet of Ram Dass' new teachings.
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Nature 03:07
trees grasses water sun stars moon clouds rain all are our friends are us nature embraces us and we embrace nature we are nature we are the trees and the clouds and the waters when you hug a tree you’re hugging yourself we are human beings, human beings are part of nature when you’re seeing the ocean, or the lake, or the river you’re seeing yourself nature is a manifestation of god and that manifestation is love all the way
when you witness a dark thought a dark thought that isn’t going to get you anywhere you witness it and love it you love your dark thoughts remember the witness is part of the soul and the soul loves everything every thing not every being, but every thing loves the clouds and the trees and the fish and the animals and that love coalesces the universe the oneness of the universe is love
our karma is our mind and the mind stands in the way of a clear view of god our minds give us clouded perceptions individualism leads to war and anger and insecurity and fear our karma is our mind and the mind stands in the way of a clear view of god our minds give us clouded perceptions
we have to get out of our minds our thinking minds i’ll tell you how i do it by using a mantra or phrase i am loving awareness loving awareness is a name, for soul ,which you really are leads you to love everything you are aware of the sky, the room, your body, other people and then i ride the mantra into my heart and in my heart i see a doorway, or a veil to the next plane soul land i am loving awareness
the soul takes birth take incarnation to learn our perception, of the soul is love love love love love you love fellow souls i love, things i love my pain my wheelchair i love you all i love the whole universe we love everyone by inhabiting the soul


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In June 2018, East Forest was invited to Ram Dass’ home in Maui to join in conversation and record brand new teachings from the legendary teacher. After capturing these words of wisdom, East Forest returned to his studio in the high desert of Southern Utah to compose the soundtrack to beautifully support each songs’ subject. In these new recordings, Ram Dass’ words speak masterfully to the modern challenges that so many face with technology, dark thoughts, the nature of soul and so much more. The new East Forest record also features guest appearances from the likes of Trevor Hall and Grammy nominated artist, Krishna Das, all framing Ram Dass’ teachings with contemporary voices and cementing the 87 year old spiritual teacher into an echelon of relevancy and immediacy — offering a direct antidote for a highly polarized nation that is deeply in need of a universal voice of wisdom, connection and unconditional love.

EAST FOREST x RAM DASS, releasing in four "Chapters" throughout 2019, culminating in a full-length album on August 9, 2019.

Learn more about EAST FOREST x RAM DASS project here: eastforest.org/eastforest-x-ramdass

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released January 25, 2019

Written, Produced, Arranged, Mixed and Engineered by East Forest

Ram Dass Spoken Word

Trevor Oswalt Piano, Percussion, Synthesizers, Shruti, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer, Organ, Field Recordings, Drum Programming, String Arrangements
Trevor Hall Vocals "Mind Karma"
Krishna Das Vocals, Ectara "I Am Loving Awareness"
Owen Hofmann-Smith Cello "Nature"; Double Bass "Dark Thoughts"
Kyleen King Viola, Violin "Dark Thoughts"
Thacher Schmid Viola, Violin "I Am Loving Awareness"
Sheela Bringi Bansuri flute "Mind Karma"

Huntley Miller Mastering

Elizabeth Hilton Ram Dass Paining
Daniel F. Birch Graphic Design

Tim Cook Executive Producer
Raghu Markus LSR Executive Director

Recorded at Boulder Rock Studios (Boulder, UT), The Map Room (Portland, OR) and Ram Dass' study (Maui, HI)
All field recordings captured around Ram Dass' home on the island of Maui, Hawaii



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East Forest plays electro-acoustic music coined "blissful" (NPR) and "immersive" (Wired). His work has appeared on Bright Antenna, Domino, 1631 Recordings, Aquilo Records, as well as Tender Loving Empire & Universal/Decca.
He has three #1 albums that charted on iTunes as well as multiple top ten Billboard releases. He tours internationally.
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