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Love, Service, Devotion, and the Ultimate Surrender

Ram Dass on The Bhagavad Gita
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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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    Dimensions 5 x 5 inches
    Product Code AF01890D AF01890W
    ISBN Number 978-1-60407-434-5 978-1-60407-459-8
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    Ram Dass

    About Ram Dass

    Ram Dass (1931–2019) 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 his journey to the East in 1967, driving overland to India, where he met his guru, Neem Karoli Baba, affectionately known as Maharaj-ji. Maharaj-ji gave him the name, Ram Dass, which means "servant of God." Everything changed then—his intense dharmic life started, and he became a pivotal influence on a culture that has reverberated with the words “be here now” ever since.

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    Invaluable resource to understand the Bhagwad Gita

    As a spiritual seeker all my life, born and brought up in a deeply spiritual eastern culture, I came across this in my journey to find meaning of life and higher purpose of us being here. I am well in my middle age and have been studying the Gita since I was 15. Ram Dass explains the deeper meaning of the Gita's teachings in an amazingly accessible way to the lay seeker. He helps understand the meaning behind the verses expressed in one of its highest forms.

    A complementary resource would be Paramahansa Yogananda's explanation of the Gita published by Self-Realization Fellowship

    This will be invaluable to anyone's spiritual journey

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    Reviewed by Norm
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    Very wise elder

    Ram Dass is a very enlightened being. Most people know his background as a professor and his days using LSD. Since discovering the great eastern teachings of Buddhism and Hinduism, he has become one of earth's finest teachers. I listen to his recordings and read his books repeatedly and never fail to learn something important about myself and others. I highly recommend for all people, regardless of their personal religion, to take in the teachings of this great sage.

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    Outstanding!

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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.

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    Amazing stuff!

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