Going from the extreme of the tenured academic track to crazy substance experimentation and deep spiritual meditation...I'm gonna have to read Ram Dass' "Remember, Be Here Now" at least a couple of times, I think.
"BE HERE NOW", (1971), by Ram Dass. " 'Be Here Now', became the counter-culture bible for thousands of young people seeking enlightenment in the midst of the darkness of Vietnam. It was a pioneering bridge, written in colloquial language, from the psychedelic 60s to eastern spirituality... "
Cultural influence Be Here Now is one of the first guides, for those not born as Hindus, to becoming a yogi, by a person himself not born a Hindu. For its influence on the Hippie movement and subsequent spiritual movements,it has been described as a "countercultural bible". In addition to introducing its title phrase into common use, the book has influenced numerous other writers and yoga practitioners, including Steve Jobs,Wayne Dyer,and Michael Crichton. -Wikipedia
Be Here Now (or Remember, Be Here Now) is a seminal 1971 book on spirituality, yoga and meditation by the Western born yogi and spiritual teacher Ram Dass. The title comes from a statement his guide, Bhagavan Das, made during Ram Dass's journeys in India. The cover features a Mandala incorporating the title, a chair, radial lines, and the word "remember".