Spiritual leader and psychedelics science pioneer Ram Dass died on Sunday at his home in Maui. A post on his official Instagram page says he passed “surrounded by loved ones,” and that memorial services will soon be announced.
In recent years, Ram Dass said he was ready and reconciled to his coming death.
The announcement of his end ran with an email address to which Ram Dass mourners are encouraged to send their memories of the author.
Before he was Ram Dass, he was Richard Alpert — a professor at Harvard University where he met a clinical psychology lecturer named Timothy Leary. On March 5, 1961, Alpert went to Leary’s house to learn about his experimentation with psilocybin firsthand. Leary dosed the psychology and education professor, along with Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, with 10 milligrams of psilocybin.
Later, Ram Dass said that during this encounter he learned that “it was OK to be me.” He was to become an influential proponent of drugs, and a major figure in the psychedelics revolution of the 1960s.
But after growing restless with the lessons available in psychedelic use, Alpert began studying in India with Neem Karoli Baba, a.k.a. the guru Maharaj-ji. Alpert became