MEANING: Statement from Bhagavan Das to Ram Dass, Western-born yogi and spiritual teacher, used as title of 1971 book. A reminder to focus on Now, not worry about the future or agonize over the past. Coop has embedded this statement into a 12 petaled lotus flower. The carving of the petals allows the grain of the wood to flow uniquely on each. The bud and open flower forms of the lotus are akin to human traits. The unopened bud encompasses the truth of the folded soul that has the ability to open itself to the divine truth; To ‘Be Here Now’ is a path to the Divine. BE HERE NOW (or REMEMBER, BE HERE NOW) is a book on spirituality, yoga and meditation. The first part is an autobiography of Ram Dass’ time as a psychologist and researcher with Timothy Leary into psychedelics at Harvard University. He describes his journey to India seeking answers to his unresolved spiritual questions and his meeting and relationship with Neem Karoli Baba. The second section a free-form collection of metaphysical, spiritual, and religious aphorisms, accompanied by illustrations. The third section is a manual for starting on a yogic or spiritual path, and includes various techniques for yoga, pranayama and meditation, as well as quotations from respected teachers of many religions and spiritual traditions. The last section, entitled "Painted Cakes Do Not Satisfy Hunger" (It’s a Zen thing) contains a list of recommended books on religion, spirituality, and consciousness. THE CARVING: My Carvings are single pieces of western red cedar, designed and carved to be wall hangings. Each piece is finished with a blend of clear oils that brings out the natural color of the wood. For more information on the process of creation, please see my profile. SIZE: One picture has the piece on a quilting board, lined up on the 1 inch marks. So subtract 1 inch from the height and width for the stock size. Measurements may vary slightly from piece to piece. Please contact if we don't have your country listed for shipping outside of the U.S. International orders will be sent Parcel Post.