Ram Dass, the self-styled spiritual leader who wrote the best-selling Be Here Now (1971), suffered a stroke in February 1997, and in this modest, mildly involving portrait he sends his fellow aging boomers a heads-up that infirmity may be their next spiritual hurdle. The film documents the author’s speech therapy, acupuncture, and aquatic exercise sessions after the stroke, and in keeping with its gentle, good-hearted subject it offers guidance through personal tragedy: in one sequence Ram Dass counsels a young woman whose boyfriend was murdered, and in another, two parents who’ve lost their daughter read aloud his beautifully consoling letter. Director Mickey Lemle (whose earlier films have dealt with the Dalai Lama and the higher consciousness purportedly enjoyed by astronauts) includes charming 70s footage of the guru’s bemused father, a Boston railroad executive, as hippies dance, chant, and meditate on the grounds of his three-hole golf course, but viewers curious about Ram Dass’s Jewish upbringing or what happened to him after he and Timothy Leary were fired from Harvard in 1963 for experimenting with LSD will have to look elsewhere than this admiring salute. 93 min.