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Ram Dass

Ram Dass first went to India in 1967. He was still Dr. Richard Alpert, an already eminent Harvard psychologist and psychedelic pioneer with Dr.Timothy Leary. He continued his psychedelic research until that fateful Eastern trip in 1967, when he traveled to India. In India, he...

Love, Service, Devotion, and the Ultimate Surrender

Ram Dass on The Bhagavad Gita

Ram Dass

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A Heart-Centered Spiritual Classic for Your Ever-Changing Life

The Bhagavad Gita is a gem so precious in India's spiritual treasury that many regard it not as a volume of sacred verse, but as a living manifestation of the Divine. In the summer of 1974, inside a balmy Boulder, Colorado, warehouse that served as the main hall of the fledgling Naropa Institute, some say that a minor miracle occurred: the reawakening of the Gita's living presence, as it unfolded in a series of wisdom teachings led by Ram Dass. With Love, Service, Devotion, and the Ultimate Surrender, you are invited to experience these legendary gatherings.

The tale of the warrior Arjuna and his divine friend Krishna serves as metaphor for the recurring dilemmas that we encounter as we spiral into the depths of our spiritual journey. In these sessions, Ram Dass illuminates the Gita’s essential verses with insights spanning many traditions, from Rumi's ecstatic poetry to Basho's koans, from devotional chant to monastic silence, from Sri Ramana's self-inquiry to Saint Paul's devotion to Christ.

The destination? A new perspective on the crucial moments of contradiction and questioning that all spiritual seekers must face again and again: If it's all Divine perfection, why bother with the search at all? Is it possible to awaken without a teacher or guru? Why am I experiencing these strange spiritual "gifts”? Will I get lost in their power? If I'm conscious and kind, why not indulge in all of life's pleasures? Since everyone suffers and dies, will my compassion ultimately matter?

With irrepressible love and intellect (and a good dose of skillful mischief), this epic meeting with Ram Dass yields new answers with every revisit, like a lifelong friend that comes to meet us at each turning of our journey.

Highlights:

  • A 12-hour odyssey with Ram Dass into his timeless Yogas of the Bhagavad Gita Naropa sessions
  • Three ways to enter the wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita
  • Karma yoga—reincarnation, dharma, service, sadhanas
  • Jnana yoga—inquiry, the critical mind, the koan
  • Mind, illusion, and Brahman
  • Sacrifice and mantra—trappings and benefits of ritual and form
  • Renunciation and purification—ashtanga yoga, kundalini, the chakras, austerities, the "witness," desire, sexual energy
  • Devotion and the guru—bhakti ("devotion"), surrender, siddhis ("powers"), Maharajji
  • Death and dying—What is born, what dies? How do you live in the present moment?

Product details

CD:
Contents 10 CDs (12 hours)
Date Published May 01, 2011
ISBN-10 1-60407-434-5
ISBN-13 978-1-60407-434-5
Dimensions 6 7/8 x 6 5/8 inches
Product Codes 1890d, f1890d, af01890d
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Download File Types
Contents 1 Audio download (12 hours)
Date Published May 01, 2011
ISBN-10 1-60407-459-0
ISBN-13 978-1-60407-459-8
Product Codes 1890w, f1890w, af01890w

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Customer Reviews

By StarDust
Date Added: Sunday 18 May 2014
I've listened to this 12-hour recording twice in the last 20 days. It is safe to say that I endorse it.
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By Brudge Hopkins
Date Added: Sunday 12 May 2013
Amazing stuff!
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By Dean M
Date Added: Friday 29 March 2013
Fantastic! Simply Fantastic!
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By Colleen F
Date Added: Thursday 28 March 2013
Ram Dass is an excellent teacher...full of insight and touched with humor. I wish he had more on the market.
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