On the eve of a New Yr and a New Decade, we pause to recollect a mild large amongst us, Ram Dass. We tapped East Forest to share with us his reflections, having been so near Ram Dass lately whereas the 2 collaborated on his album, “Ram Dass”.


On December 22, 2019, we misplaced our trainer, pal, and icon, Ram Dass.  He died peacefully in Maui surrounded by family members.  Though his passing brings peace, it additionally carries deep unhappiness and the shock of dropping one in all our greatest.

I keep in mind sitting with Ram Dass, simply the 2 of us in his examine in the summertime of 2018.  I used to be there to document him for what would change into the “Ram Dass” album.  I used to be so nervous and pondering to myself that I had one way or the other finagled my means into the non secular white home, that now was my large second to ask some sensible questions or obtain the key obtain.  As an alternative he simply checked out me.  Not a look, however somewhat probably the most open, loving and current gaze I had ever acquired.  He confirmed me his soul and in flip, opened mine.  He gifted to me what he at all times knew easy methods to reward so effectively, his presence.  And in his later years it typically was all he had left to present, however it was his strongest reward.  And it served as a mirror to point out us all easy methods to personify grace by pointing our consideration with the total recognition of its potential.

Recording with Ram DassWhen an elder departs, generally we really feel, ‘the place will we go from right here?’  I do know I can really feel misplaced and greedy for one thing to carry onto.  However like every part within the Universe, when one issues departs it makes room for an additional to develop.

Now’s the time for us to hold Ram Dass’ imaginative and prescient and teachings with us as we step into the roll of the ‘ones we’ve been ready for’.  It’s our time, and our accountability now to select up the mantle and combine all that Ram Dass gave us over his 88 years.

Fortunately, we’ve got a lot to lean on.  1000’s of hours of talks, quite a few books, and the music we created collectively.

I can’t imagine the closing of our little venture coincided with Ram Dass’ loss of life.  I can’t imagine he’s gone.  However as I do know he would say, ‘the place may I am going?’.  He’s at all times with us, no additional away than your subsequent breath, and he’d need nothing greater than for us to sing one another awake; in celebration of his life and our incarnation — we’re souls right here to be taught and to like each other as we inform the reality.I really like you Ram Dass.  Thanks for displaying us the way in which all of those years and for giving me so a lot — could I give again in flip and honor your large life.

EastForestBioPhotoIn the summertime of 2018, East Forest was invited to Maui to document model new teachings from acclaimed non secular trainer Ram Dass. After capturing these phrases of knowledge East Forest returned to his studio to compose the soundtrack to rigorously assist every songs’ topic.  Overlaying subjects akin to darkish ideas, nature, know-how and rather more, these songs are stuffed with inspiration.

The album is launched in 4 “chapters” all through 2019, culminating in a full size launch on August 9, 2019.  Trevor Corridor, Stic of Useless Prez, Laura Fowl of The Mynabirds, and Grammy nominated artist Krishna Das all make visitor appearances on the 14-track album, with reworks by Hammock, Christopher Willits, Laraaji, The Album Leaf, Nick Mulvey, Sluggish Meadow, and Peter Broderick amongst others. Be part of 347,825 others on Spotify and hearken to the album right here: https://sptfy.com/8YVv

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