Ram Dass : Chapter II (2019)

by East Forest, Ram Dass

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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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Where to find RAM DASS:
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released March 22, 2019

East Forest - Producer, Composer, Mixing, Engineering.
Ram Dass - Spoken Word

Trevor Oswalt (aka East Forest) - Vocals, Piano, Percussion, Synthesizers, Vibraphone, Mylodica, Wurlitzer, Drum Programming, String Arrangements, Field Recordings.
Jonathan P Downer - Bass Guitar "We Are Truth"
Ji Tanzer - Percussion "Home"
Thacher Schmid - Viola "Home"
Owen Hofmann-Smith - Double Bass "Home"
Lorraine Weiss - Saxophone "A Miracle"
Lucas Tensen - Gordello "You're A Guru"

Huntley Miller - Mastering

Elizabeth Hilton - Ram Dass Paining
Daniel F. Birch - Graphic Design

Tim Cook - Executive Producer
Raghu Markus - Lover Serve Remember 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 orchestral ambient-pop coined "blissful" (NPR) and "immersive" (Wired). His work has appeared on 1631 Recordings, Aquilo Records, as well as Tender Loving Empire & Universal/Decca.
He has two #1 albums that charted on iTunes as well as multiple top ten Billboard releases. He is a Nord Artist & tours internationally.
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Track Name: We Are Truth
the universe is a manifestation of the one
and the oneness is inside the soul
the soul is our real self
the ego is who we think we are
and the soul is really, really who we are

soul comes from the one
from the god
and we are spiritual beings
visiting humanity

i want to know
i want to know
i want to feel what’s inside
i want to let it go, let it go
i want let it all go
i’m surrounded by
all these ghosts who can’t confide
cannot let it go.
Just let it go.

we’re all satsang
we are all truth

i want to know
i want to know
i want to feel what’s inside
i want to let it go
i want to let it all go
there’s no questions left to ask
all our lives are in the past
they come and go so easily
there’s nothing left to be

if you identify with your soul
then you see other people as souls

and souls love one another

it’s easy as a soul to love everybody

they’re all manifestations of the one
Track Name: Home
psilocybin is my friend

psilocybin got me onto the spiritual path

my first trip
i did it with tim leary and allen ginsberg
we were in the kitchen in tim’s house
but the talking was too much for me
and so i went into the living room
which was dark
i sat down with the couch
i thought
i have my body at least
but i looked down
there was the couch
there was no me sitting on the couch
there was no body
no roles
no body
then i sensed in me a place of love
and i said
i’m home

i was going into spiritual planes of consciousness
i had never done that before
i’m home
Track Name: A Miracle
there was a guy
he was a surfer from california
long hair
all dressed in indian clothes
beard
beads
i figured that’s the person i would go to india with

he said that he was going to take a walking trip in India
what the hell

so we started on our walking trip
my feet burned
he said “my guru is up in the hills”
so i decided to go up to the mountains with him
and i didn’t believe in gurus

the night before we were to arrive at the guru
we had stayed at a house
and i got up to go to the bathroom

and i went outside and the stars were magnificent
it was the first time i had thought about my mother
she had died six months before
she was a soul

i got inside his house and i hadn’t told anybody about this
and then the next day we drove on to the guru
up on that hill he said “the guru is there on the hill”
what was at the top of that hill
and then it was a long, long path to a meadow
in the meadow there were 20 or 30 people
all dressed in white around a central figure
an old man
with a blanket over his shoulder

and my mind said to me “this is a cult”
i won’t go any farther

so the old man pointed at me
and he said, “you were thinking about your mother last night”

it was a miracle

i didn’t tell anybody about that
just me
he’s privy to my mind
my mind was blown by that miracle
i was thinking my gosh he knows my mind
wow

and i started to think about the thoughts that i had, that i wouldn’t want anybody to know
and i looked up at him
and he is looking at me with such love
unconditional love

he was loving me
with my thoughts
with all of the stuff
with all the stuff

i never had unconditional love

that moment i loved everybody

when i looked into his eyes
i loved everybody
including me

from then on
my life was just love, love, love, love

from then on
i was identified with my soul
Track Name: You're A Guru
you’re a guru

even if you have never met your guru
your guru is there

everybody has a guru

if you don’t think you have a guru
i’ll lend you mine

before i realized that he was here
i felt i was the captain of my ship
now he’s the captain of my ship

i surrender

i turn to him and he decides
and god decides

he has his leela or dance or game
and i’m part of that dance

you’re a guru