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Elizabeth

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  • Love, Service, Devotion, and the Ultimate Surrender: Ram Dass on the Bhagavad Gita

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Ram Dass
    • Narrated By Ram Dass
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (160)

    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 a main hall of a fledgling Naropa Institute, some say a minor miracle occured: The reawakening of the Gita's living presence, as it unfolded in a series of wisdom teachings led by Ram Dass.

    kessing says: "Absolutely the Ultimate"
    "Didn't really resonate with me"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoy listening to Ram Dass tell stories. He is a wonderful storyteller, full of humor and amazing life experiences. However, many of his spiritual experiences involved the use of psychedelic drugs. Due to my background and history, I am predisposed to discount such experiences. For those of you who do not suffer from this hang-up, it's a very amusing read.


    Would you recommend Love, Service, Devotion, and the Ultimate Surrender to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend this book because it simply did not resonate with me. I am not very interested in metaphysics, and I am very uninterested in stories where drugs play a central theme. I do not believe in the transformative power of LSD, and I'm not very interested in that, anyway. I am much more interested in "ordinary" human experience and human relationships.


    What aspect of Ram Dass’s performance would you have changed?

    Ram Dass is a well-loved and venerable author and historian. If you love Ram Dass, you will love this book.


    Was Love, Service, Devotion, and the Ultimate Surrender worth the listening time?

    The book was entertaining, but I did feel that the discussion of more metaphysical matters were uninteresting.


    Any additional comments?

    A great book for people who love Ram Dass and his funny stories. I did not find it particularly illuminating, and I wish I had used my credit to purchase something else.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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