Ram Dass : Chapter III (2019)

by East Forest, Ram Dass

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Death is a ceremony In which one takes off one pair of clothes And adopts a new one That’s from the soul perspective From the ego Death is a stopping point It’s the end of the ego The ego sees death as suffering And the soul See death as the awakening Of a new world A new perception So you should identify With your soul in life That will be the best thing for you to do To anticipate death It’s your Sadhana in life Your Sadhana prepares you Prepares you for a upbeat dying
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Feeling lost in the electronic sea in the universe? Electronics capture our consciousness I remember as a kid thinking about the future Fast forward living in this age of computers Everybody in their phones like a solitary cell We don’t talk with our tongues we just text with our thumbs Cell towers by the schools giving cancer to the young And we cancel each other, online you get hung by the jealousy and judgements Drama to dealt with, and private is public We’re starving for substance It’s all one to one Put down your smoking gun It’s only what we see How you choose is what will be It’s all from the earth Reflections that we birth Precious metals salt and sea, It’s all one it’s you and me Is a sickness that is coming from The identification with separateness With the individual Modern technology, double edged sword It’s everywhere at once, impossible to avoid The whole world connected through the click of a button We nuke our foods in the microwave ovens Because it’s quick and convenient We know the government taking peaks at our email yet we still need it Fine print we don’t read it, take a bite out of the apple like Eve did in Eden But where is it leading? You become identified with your individuality Then your world is populated by Them Them is distant from You At the end of the day, all roads lead home Dorothy meets the Wiz, it is what it is Perception is everything, waking up in the dream We project what we think, but it’s not what it seems Every cell every atom is connected like team We are one in this ocean of life with many streams Be empowered by the tool but don’t let it use you Can’t Google self-knowledge Be your own guru On the other hand You can identify with all of it The universe Or the One The One is god The electronics are us They’re not Them See yourself as part of a culture As part of nature As part of the universe As part of god Our consciousness is one Your consciousness and my consciousness It’s one
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It’s great to be in soul land To identify with your individual soul In the plane of consciousness Which I call soul land I go in to soul land And in the soul Is the witness You witness the whole whole thing I look around, what do I see All my friends reflecting me We do this dance, round and round Never know what will be found I can help you home Witnessing your thoughts Witnessing your incarnation You witness your whole life Soul land You meet other souls You meet your pod, soul pod That have been with you infinitely Soul land And when you’re in your soul You’ll find a doorway Which leads into The Atman Don’t you want to come with me You’re already here with me And the Atman Contains god And you’re guru Don’t you want to come be free Soul Land

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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, Stic of Dead Prez, The Mynabirds, and Grammy nominated artist, Krishna Das, all framing Ram Dass’ teachings with contemporary voices and cementing the 88 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 4 "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 June 21, 2019

All music written, produced, mixed and engineered by East Forest

Ram Dass - spoken word

East Forest - Vocals, Piano, Percussion, Synthesizers, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer, Organ, Field Recordings, Drum Programming, String Arrangements

with,
Laura Bird of The Mynabirds - Vocals
Stic.man of dead prez - MC

Owen Hofmann-Smith - Double Bass
Kyleen King - Viola, Violin, Bass Guitar
Thacher Schmid - Viola, Violin
Will Dudley - Kora

Huntley Miller - Mastering

Daniel F. Birch - Graphic Design
Elizabeth Hilton - Ram Dass and Maharajji Paintings
Amond AJ Jackson - Additional engineering, “Electronic Sea”


Tim Cook - Executive Producer
Raghu Markus - Love 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 in and around Ram Dass' home on the island of Maui, Hawaii

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East Forest Boulder, Utah

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 three #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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