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Post by Lost_Dbutz on Wed Jun 18, 2008 9:18 pm

Hey guys, So I promised vincentthedog that I would post this stuff last weekend, but I had some serious issues trying to get all of these pictures to post, so I am just going to do this one piece at a time. I'll try to come in here and update another picture every day until I've shown all of the good ones.

Here is the much awaited theory with pictures
from the book "Be Here Now" written by Dr. Richard Alpert. This book
and its concepts have no doubt been a large influence on Lost and I'd like to
share some pictures that I think are directly related. Enjoy!




This first one is the cover of Dr. Alpert's book. Notice the chair in the
center of a circle
with lines drawn across several points.
This chair looks something like Jacob's chair (yet not a rocking chair,
I know). What I like is the lines
through the circle. The lines all meet
on the perimeter at 12 different points.
I think the circle represents the earth and the 12 points are Vile
Vortices.




This second picture just talks about the distribution of
profits made from the book sales. A
percentage goes to the Lama Foundation (Hanso?) and there's the sentence at the
end, "Yours in the dharma."
Connection? The Lama foundation is likely connected to the Dali Lama. Remember
the test that Richard Alpert gave 5 year old Locke? It's similar to finding the
reincarnation of the Dali Lama in real life.





This third picture is the preface page to the section that
describes the journey of the transformation from Dr.Richard Alpert to Baba Ram
Dass. I think this whole concept has a
lot to do with Lost. The writers are
trying to tell us a character story and, much like Alpert/Ram Dass, our
characters are making a transition in their lives. They must all reflect and
learn to be better
people, and for some it has been difficult. The center picture looks very
similar to the Orchid station symbol and the center of it is a symbol known as
the Aum (or Om).

Well that's it for now, I'll come and add some more pictures later, there are a lot to look at, so keep checking on this post, it will be a good one.
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Re: "Be Here Now" by Richard Alpert - pics and theories!

Post by Lost_Dbutz on Wed Jun 18, 2008 9:20 pm

Ah, well in the preview I had these pictures sized up correctly, but when I sent them they were too big. Well, I'll try to get the next ones sized up correctly, but this forum really hates pictures and pasting.
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Re: "Be Here Now" by Richard Alpert - pics and theories!

Post by SunburnedPenguin on Wed Jun 18, 2008 9:31 pm

Wow thanks for sharing that!

Re the pics, I had a look at the code and you are using this;

Code:
[u][url=http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif[/img][/url][/u]

which is the direct link from photobucket. Instead, on photobucket, use the resizing option and then just use the img code like this;

Code:
[img]http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif[/img]

Hope that helps and I look forward to seeing more!

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Post by TheHolyStickman on Wed Jun 18, 2008 9:38 pm

Cool post! Is this a real book, or one made by some people from lost?
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Post by kristenislost on Wed Jun 18, 2008 10:42 pm

Yes, same question: is this a real book? Where did you get it?

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Post by chirpey1987 on Wed Jun 18, 2008 11:32 pm

that was so intresting
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Post by Lost_Dbutz on Wed Jun 18, 2008 11:48 pm

This is a real book that was written by Dr. Richard Alpert. Check him out in Wikipedia. So many other pictures to show, but I am positive that the writers of Lost have read this book.

Thanks for the posting tip SBP, let's try another pic and see how it works:



This one is of a child, not sure how that relates, but it says Namaste, our well known blessing from buddist culture and the Dharma training videos.





The Heart Cave...hmmm.
I wonder if it has any connection to the cave that Jack and Kate found
that contained the bodies of Adam and Eve.
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Re: "Be Here Now" by Richard Alpert - pics and theories!

Post by Lost_Dbutz on Wed Jun 18, 2008 11:52 pm

Looks like the IMG code worked well. I could've sworn I tried that before, oh well.

I actually had this book since before Lost was even a show. My mom had it since the 70's (she was sorta a hippy) and she gave it to me years ago. I didn't even make the "Richard Alpert" connection until halfway through Season 4.

More to come later, or at least as time permits, work is getting busy. Peace -LDB
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Post by vincentthedog on Wed Jun 18, 2008 11:59 pm

THANKS lost_Dbutz been eagerly awaiting seeing this post again! It blew my mind the first time on LT and it`s still awsome. Yes the book is real Richard Albert the LSD Harvard professer just released the secound "still here" which is much easier to find. The chair gets me everytime I look at this. THANKS AGAIN for sharing!!!!!
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Post by AngeloComet on Thu Jun 19, 2008 9:52 am

I remember this post on L-T. . . It was good stuff then.

(I know it's a big ask, but I think it would be worthwhile if you could get all the images down in one post. L-T was a pain for some screencaps because of their sizing problems, so I think a full post of the same one you did there on here would look great!)
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Re: "Be Here Now" by Richard Alpert - pics and theories!

Post by Lost_Dbutz on Thu Jun 19, 2008 8:01 pm

AC, I will work to try to get the rest of these on here in the next post, but I've gotta go do a lot of resizing and whatnot, and we'll see how the site likes me posting so many pictures at once.

In the meantime, here are some pics for today. Enjoy!









Open for discussion.
Consciousness as defined by BRD.























"Astral Plane" and the Yin & Yang concept,
I've heard these before.













More on Yin & Yang and the Astral plane. Talks about duality and this is something
that is ever present in Lost.














This one is interesting.
It is about a universal guru (Jacob?) and "a Level of
consciousness, a frequency of vibration, a connection on another
plane." More below.














And this final picture was found just below the previous one
about the guru. It has an empty chair,
yet there are footprints below the chair.
Is there someone in the chair that cannot normally be seen? Looks familiar. The quote about "blessed are those that
have not seen and yet have believed."
I this this could be related to Jacob.
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Post by Lost_Dbutz on Thu Jun 19, 2008 8:53 pm

So I saw that some folks mentioned that this might be
related to the Room 23 video that was used to brainwash Karl. I think this may be right. I looked a little further and found a few
things. Here is a link to the
brainwashing video just for a reminder:





http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gar6JyV6800&NR=1





OK, first of all, look at the very beginning, there is a
picture of faces and eyes and it makes a strange square shape with indented
edges. It looks very similar to the
shape below (this is the cover page to the second part of the book, From Bindu
To Ojas):











Next thing in the video that I noticed is the quote,
"Plant a good seed and you'll joyfully gather fruit." This picture from the book may relate to the
same concept:











And this next one looks similar to an images that is flashed
several times in the video, which almost looks like the Oceanic 6 symbol. It is also the cover page to part 3 of the
book, Cook Book for a Sacred Life.











That's all for now on the room 23 video references, I'll try
to find more for you all later. But I'll
continue with other interesting pages that I found.





Interestingly enough, the second part of the book, From
Bindu to Ojas, has exactly 108 pages. The final page talks of a man on a bridge, watching himself go by. Did anyone play through the video game. I wonder if any of these people will come into contact with themselves from a different time.
Here is a shot of the final, and 108th page:














And while I'm at it, might as well show you all pages 4, 8,
15, 16, 23 and 42:





Here is page 4, drama of nature, maybe a reference to the
show in general. It talks more about the heart cave and unlimately returning to it (Adam and Eve). Could be related to Sun and her drama with her father and Paik industries as well. It also talks about the eye and the I, and we all know that an image of an eye is very symbolic in Lost. Come to think of it, the bridge pic from page 108 even looks kinda like an eye.:























Here is page 8, very interesting. Talks about a gate to get to another side and
says that you must die in the process. Probably a symbolic death of ones current, selfish, self. It seems to relate to that fact that they should have died in the plane crash. Maybe in a sense, the point is for them all to die, to rise above and
become a better person, to be reborn as an enlightened being and pass through the gate. Maybe it specifically refers to Locke, who realized that he had to die before he could reach a true point of enlightenment.























Here is page 15, it talks about a trip "frought with paradox," which is very much related to the show. I like the part that mentions "as long as you have an ego, you are on a limited trip." Sounds like the battle that Jack is fighting, and ego that keeps him from seeing truth. Jack is fighting a paradox in his mind of science Vs. fate, the writers are trying to deal with the paradox of time travel.























Here is page 16, this one is interesting. Talks about going crazy, which liely relates to Hurley. He has gone crazy and the people around him are telling him so. The truth is, Hurley is talking on a higher Astral plane, and that's why he can talk to dead people. Anyone think Dave might have just been a dead person as well?























Here is page 23, It talks about being in the moment, which is a main theme of the book. This is a valuable lesson that the writers are showing all of our survivors learning. Perhaps this one relates more to Sayid than anyone else. Now that he has lost Nadia, he is out for revenge. Sayid lives in the past and doesn't care what he does now, so he is letting his life pass him by, seeking nothing but revenge. I hope he doesn't fall down the same slippery slope as Ben.























And here is page 42, it's about being in a prison in our minds. I think this one relates to Kate the most. She managed to stay out of prison for murdering her father, but she is in a prison in her mind. Sure, she tries to fight it, but eventually it will get to her, and she'll have to come back to the island to be freed. Perhaps the first message that is being refered to relates to the BIG clue we were supposed to find in the pilot episode.


























Here are the more pages that I think relate to the show:














The one above talks about time and space and gravitational
field...very interesting.




















The above shows, we must tune our receive mechanisms to the
correct frequency to understand the secret.










Well these pictures could spark all sorts of
discussion, I'm interested to hear what you all think. Thanks.
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Post by vincentthedog on Thu Jun 19, 2008 11:54 pm

Wow increadable stuff! I do think that guru is Jacob as he has no face. I hope everyone gets a good look at these and appreciates them as much as I do. Thanks again LD!!!
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Post by katesawjack on Fri Jun 20, 2008 12:02 am

LostDbutz, I saw your post on lost-theories about this, and it intrigued me enough that I purchased it for myself. Thanks for sharing it again.
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Post by Caged_Faraday on Fri Jun 20, 2008 12:14 am

kristenislost wrote:Yes, same question: is this a real book? Where did you get it?
http://www.amazon.com/Remember-Here-Now-Ram-Dass/dp/0517543052/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1213909794&sr=1-1
I checked. This version lists as being written by a Baba Ram Dass. Ram Dass was formerly known as Richard Alpert. There are even some used copies of the book available with the Dr. Richard Alpert byline. The link I gave is for the most recent printing, but if you search Amazon for "be here now richard alpert" you can get the older, out-of-print (Alpert) version.

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Post by vincentthedog on Fri Jun 20, 2008 12:23 am

Thanks for the video link haven`t seen that in a while and yes it does seem to relate. I also liked you`re new imput on the show and relations to the book especialy the comments on Hurley. One question did Richard Albert draw all the pictures or was there another artist?
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Post by Lost_Dbutz on Fri Jun 20, 2008 12:36 am

That's a good question vincent, I'm not sure who did the drawing off the top of my head, but I'll look when I get home from work tonight. I don't think Baba Ramm Dass drew the pictures though.

Thanks for the kind words folks, and thanks to vincentthedog for convincing me to repost this here and thanks to cagedfaraday for getting the amazon link, you guys are all awesome.

I've been reading through the book, and there are a lot of things in there that just talk about enlightenment and having open chakras and stuff, but there was a section in the beginning that was interesting. Richard Alpert had seen an apparition of his dead mother and told no one about it, the next day a guru talked to him about his dream in great detail. Interesting because we get to see so many apparitions on Lost.

There was a poster on LT.com, D_E_SOL I believe, but he was able to break every one of these pictures down and explain its signifigance, but it was posted right before the site came down again. He seemed to know a lot more about buddism and hinduism than I do, I'm more of a science guy myself.
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Post by Lateralus on Fri Jun 20, 2008 5:07 pm

The first time I read this I thought, "Ok dude, don't drink the Kool-Aid just yet."

This is some very compelling stuff. And if you found it on Amazon, I can totally believe J.J. Abrams getting a hold of a copy, and using it as some sort of source reference.

I read an article yesterday, here:
http://www.darkhorizons.com/news08/080618g.php

(hope that works)

He’s making a movie from a “news” article he read in the Home and Garden section of the New York Times!!!

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/12/garden/12puzzle.html#

And he has the cojones to make a new Star Trek movie based on the adventures of a young Kirk and crew. Taking control over what I can only believe is some kind of ultimate Trekker nerd fantasy… being the one who tells the tale of the day Kirk first met Bones and Spock… the first time the warp drive is ever fired up on the Enterprise…( total geeking fuel)

I can’t put anything past Abrams and his crew.
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Post by vincentthedog on Fri Jun 20, 2008 6:11 pm

Nice grab Lateralus. That article was very interesting. I am also excited for the Star Trek reboot. I hope its better than Cloverfield.
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Post by vincentthedog on Wed Jun 25, 2008 12:17 am

Ram Dass The real Richard Albert
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Post by Lost_Dbutz on Thu Jul 17, 2008 1:37 am

Since the return of LT.com, I was able to chase down the comments by a user named D_E_SOL, who made a great comment that links these idea from Richards book. Here is the comment by D_E_SOL:

"I believe you have cracked the numbers. they refer to pages in the book
where there are lessons we need to learn before we can move on.”Yours
in the Dharma” refers to the Dharmapada which would be the
path/teachings that Buddhists would follow.The Lama Foundation that is
referred to is that of the Dalai Lama Look at my theory if you get time
I explain where they get the Dharma logo from. Namaste translates as “I
greet the Divine within you”This refers to the Divine spark that we all
have inside of us.

The picture of the serpent refers to that of the
Kundalini Serpent which runs along the spine and is the base for the
seven main chakras. the root chakra is that of materialism while the
crown chakra is that of your connection to the Divine. The middle
chakra is that of the heart which is shown in the picture of the heart
cave which is the balance between your higher self and lower self. Its
symbols in the picture are that of infinity and the winged heart which
is a major symbol in the teachings of Sufism which would be the mystic
side of Islam. To move yourself to the astral plane you need to balance
all these chakras.

The lotus flower which it is on is a symbol in
buddhist teachings while the star of David/Seal of Solomon with the
flames coming out of it is the spark of the Divine that is referred to
when you say Namaste. On the page titled From Bindu to Ojas this is a
picture of a major Buddhist temple. It is made up of 108 pieces which
is symbolic of 108 sins. Also there are 108 acupressure points in
chinese medicine. (pg103) This is why Desmond has to wait 108 minutes
to press the button to realise the electromagnetic pulse which
symbolises the negative energy being built up on the island. Om which
you use in the mantra Aum mani padme hum to connect to the Divine has a
frequency. Why mantras are used is because of the vibrational frequency
that the spoken word has. This is why his book says your mechanism’s
have to be tuned to the frequency.

The picture of the Buddha with no
face is because anyone can become a Buddha/Bodhisattava. When you reach
this state you exist in everything and also nowhere hence the word in
the title of his book. richard ALPERT in the series IS A bodhisattava.
A Bodhisattava is someone who has reached the stage of enlightenment
but has chosen to stay on the earthly plane to help others on their
path. This is portrayed by him not aging. This is referred to on page
eight of your pictures and the hieroglyphics symbolise the journey that
has to be taken to reach this point.

The eye of Ra watching the journey
is the Divine guiding us on our path. This is also shown by the empty
chair and the bible quote. Also on the cover of the book where the
metatron matrix is in front of the chair ie you may not see Him but He
touches every part of your life. last picture is talking about
reincarnation. Would like to hear your opinion of my interpretation."
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Post by CosmicJewels on Thu Jul 17, 2008 3:38 am

Lost_Dbutz wrote:Since the return of LT.com, I was able to chase down the comments by a user named D_E_SOL, who made a great comment that links these idea from Richards book. Here is the comment by D_E_SOL:


Wow. That made me sit up and go "whoa......." Really great comments!
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Post by vincentthedog on Fri Aug 01, 2008 1:15 am

Great adds Lost_Dbutz! I have been practicing Kundalini and yoga for a while and this all makes perfect sense.

I don`t belive the book is the be all end all to the Lost mythology but I do think the writers made it a big part of there story telling.
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Post by StitchExp626 on Sun Aug 03, 2008 10:24 am

Ditto good add Lost_dbutz

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