© and (P)1992 by Ram Dass
I have always found Ram Dass very endearing. He is funny, smart, willing to admit his own weaknesses, direct, gentle, and helpful. I found this book satisfying, and will listen to it many times to try to keep the eternal perspective he talks about. You would probably have to be on some kind of spiritual path, or at least be open to talk about souls to get through it, of course. Hearing him age gracefully and with his humor intact is inspiring to me, and I recommend this book to people who fear ageing and death.
I would recommend this book to every body. It is a great reminder that our physical bodies will age and grow old and being trapped in it is a hindrance to our liberation. I still have a long way to go to attain full realization of this but Ram Dass, again, has peeled another layer of insecurity in me.
His letter to the family of the girl that was killed couldn't have been written more eloquently expressed and I saw from the documentary "Fierce Grace" that it greatly helped them deal with the pain of this terrible loss. Things spoken/written from heart to heart has God's grace in it. Peace.
Ram Dass, may your "tribe" increase.
Conscious Aging is an unbelievable journey which has touched my mind, my heart and my spirit. Ram Dass is funny, irreverent, full of insight, down to earth and truly inspiring to the point of actually changing the way I think of myself and my ailments. I have been ill recently and listening to this book has actually lifted my spirits and made me change the way I think of aging. Truly awesome!!!
The frankness of Dass' speech, yet so eloquent.
How he relates poetry and literature into his speech and uses different cultural references to make a point.
The part about how we approach dying was difficult, yet very helpful in seing things in a different light. Dass grabs our fear of dying by the horns and cradles it with meaningful insight that makes the fear less intense, and for lack of a better word, less scary.
I will listen to this speech many more times to absorb all the nuances of his insight.
The first part of the book starts out with some feel good thoughts but in the last part, this guy uses his history with psychedelic drugs as a basis for his knowledge. Someone should tell you before you buy this book where he gets his foundations.
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