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Love, Service, Devotion, and the Ultimate Surrender

Ram Dass on The Bhagavad Gita

Love, Service, Devotion, and the Ultimate Surrender

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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?
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Review for Love, Service, Devotion, and the Ultimate Surrender Review by joseph g
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Outstanding!

(Posted on 10/29/2014)

Review for Love, Service, Devotion, and the Ultimate Surrender Review by StarDust
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I've listened to this 12-hour recording twice in the last 20 days. It is safe to say that I endorse it.

(Posted on 5/18/2014)

Review for Love, Service, Devotion, and the Ultimate Surrender Review by Brudge Hopkins
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Amazing stuff!

(Posted on 5/12/2013)

Review for Love, Service, Devotion, and the Ultimate Surrender Review by Dean M
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Fantastic! Simply Fantastic!

(Posted on 3/29/2013)

Review for Love, Service, Devotion, and the Ultimate Surrender Review by Colleen F
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Ram Dass is an excellent teacher...full of insight and touched with humor. I wish he had more on the market.

(Posted on 3/28/2013)

Review for Love, Service, Devotion, and the Ultimate Surrender Review by Patricia Beattie
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I have just finished my second listening and found it more and more relevant to my life and to the broad themes of the Bhagavad Gita (if not a line by line examination). Yes he does get carried away with recounting his psychedelic experiences from time to time but ultimately his humanity saves him. The final summary is a tour de force.

(Posted on 9/4/2012)

Review for Love, Service, Devotion, and the Ultimate Surrender Review by Roxanne Seitz
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I took several workshops with Ram Dass. I guess he was my first cosmic consciousness teacher. So I'm not objective: more like an old friend, I guess. There may be better teachers out there for me. I do listen to any Ram Dass tapes/CDs every so often.

(Posted on 7/6/2012)

Review for Love, Service, Devotion, and the Ultimate Surrender Review by carlos latorre
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My review for Ram Dass is 5 stars because i love the stories he tells about the 60s and the 70s and his experiences in India with his Guru. Also the clarity and intellect that Rams delivers on these cds is precisely what i was expecting.

(Posted on 7/5/2012)

Review for Love, Service, Devotion, and the Ultimate Surrender Review by Joseph Munshaw
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Early Ram Dass in a very high teaching. We're fortunate to have this preserved and available with such goodcsound quality.

(Posted on 7/4/2012)

Review for Love, Service, Devotion, and the Ultimate Surrender Review by Kathryn Fiske
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No one had ever "taught" the Bhagavad Gita in a more accessible way than I experience with Ram Dass. It is beautifully expressed, with only the deepest compassion for all our humanity and our struggle to understand the "root of it all", whatever that is for each of us.

(Posted on 6/28/2012)

Review for Love, Service, Devotion, and the Ultimate Surrender Review by David Sykes
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Thank you for providing my all time favorite comprehensive introduction to world spirituality on CD.

My only concern is that the original class at Naropa had fourteen sessions, and I have not yet had time to find out what was omitted.

Outside of that concern, this program gets my five star rating. I think this is Ram Dass at his considerable best.

Dave Sykes

(Posted on 2/6/2012)

Review for Love, Service, Devotion, and the Ultimate Surrender Review by Deborah Clow
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I agree that there is a lot more repetition of Ram Dass's old stories about his days as a Harvard renegade and India guru than any kind of deep or thorough investigate of the Bagavad Gita.

(Posted on 11/4/2011)

Review for Love, Service, Devotion, and the Ultimate Surrender Review by Deborah Clow
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The material is vintage Ram Dass, how could it not be great, but I thought I was downloading material that I could then upload on CDs, and play in my car, but instead, this material can only be listened to through an MP3 player. Very disappointing.

(Posted on 11/4/2011)

Review for Love, Service, Devotion, and the Ultimate Surrender Review by Gavin Hartley
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YAY -- this one i did receive and absolutely love it.
Thank You
gavin

(Posted on 8/24/2011)

Review for Love, Service, Devotion, and the Ultimate Surrender Review by Margaret Townroe
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This is a truly wonderful program especially for those, who like me, love Ram Dass and also for anyone new to the archives of his teachings I find this program brings to life the essence of the Bhagavad Gita for Westerners - providing context, interpretation and ways to make these ancient teachings beautifully and sometimes humorously relevant to now.
It really deserves 10 or more stars for content and is perfect if you always want to play these CDs using a CD player. I am dropping this program rating to four stars rather than the maximum five because on a computer each CD comes up as "Audio CD" with no titles. You have to manually put in the track titles if you want to put it on your iPod.

The customer services at Sounds True were very helpful and sympathetic when I emailed to check if my set was faulty. They sent me a PDF track list which saved some time so I could cut and paste each track title in. I found out that having a replacement would not have helped because the sets of CDs in the warehouse were also not compatible with Gracenote track-listing on iTunes. I feel that this program is well worth spending a "labour of love" afternoon setting in the track names iTunes for your iPod.

(Posted on 8/7/2011)

Review for Love, Service, Devotion, and the Ultimate Surrender Review by Susan Curtiss
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I thought this series was misrepresented. I did not realize it was talks from the height of the drug explorations or so biographical about Ram Dass' drug use. I had hoped for more discussion of the Bhagavad Gita itself. Ram Dass has had such an evolution and finally been able to see and share the essence of spiritual love consciousness. This Naropa trip was mental, self focused and had a hard edge. So much kind of spiritually sophomoric advice and so many concepts. Of course it filled a gap in Western minds' understanding at the time, but it was so dated. Decidedly disappointing.

(Posted on 7/12/2011)

Review for Love, Service, Devotion, and the Ultimate Surrender Review by Karla Decker
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The quality of the product was excellent.

(Posted on 4/17/2011)

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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 Code af01890d

Audio Download

Contents 1 Audio download (12 hours)
Filetypes M4B, MP3, PDF, ZIP
Date Published May 01, 2011
ISBN-10 1-60407-459-0
ISBN-13 978-1-60407-459-8
Product Code af01890w