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. With Love, Service, Devotion, and the Ultimate Surrender, you are invited to experience these legendary gatherings.
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I don't have the print version. I came across the words Bhagavad Gita in a little book entitled God's Psychology written by a Catholic priest. I loved the book so much that I bought a lot of copies and gave them to friends. I was in my 30's then 30+ years later here comes Ram Dass (I first heard his name from Wayne Dyer) explaining it so eloquently with his wit and humor. I'm ever so grateful, thank you, RAM DASS!!!
There were so many, he was able to explain, intertwine and correlate religions in a very clear and powerful way. I am a Catholic and remain so and feel that I am more enlightened and have a deep, abiding respect for other religions which I have been reading and exploring of late. Imagine understanding Christ better through Ram Dass! Bottom line is it is the essence of a man that counts and our attachments to the trappings of the different labels we try to live up to are meaningless. Here is a man with compassion, heart and devotion to what he believes in and shows it through action.
We are all connected to each other, the love of God binds us all and we should all realize that and do our part to make the world a better place.
Let us help spread his message.
If you are looking for the clues in the spiritual world-then this one is a must hear! I bought most of Ram Dass' audio books and this one is supreme.
My favorite listen during my recent battle with the flu was 12 hrs of Ram Das explaining the Bhagavad Gita. (Recorded in 1974) I like the part in the Gita where Ram Das and Timothy Leary get fired from Harvard for ordering a half million dollars of LSD for research. Feeling much better now- Namaste, Granmonkie
With Lotsa Love from gaz regn
Recorded in 1974, this book provides a fascinating look back at Ram Dass, and it serves to show us why he was, and still is, such a popular spiritual leader. His tone is casual, he spins stories as though he was hanging out with a group of friends at a cafe (or even a bar), and he gently guides the listener through many of the most important messages in the Gita, a book that can be pretty intimidating at best. This is one of the finest spiritual pieces I ever did hear (or read).
Ram Dass delivers from his heart the path to Consciousness, God and Love. Having followed a spiritual journey for many years it was delightful to find in a 1974 recording a history that somewhat parallels my journey and it's many twists and turns. In 1974 I would have thought he was out to lunch, not knowing that in 2011 I would love to be lunching with him discussing this path. I especially love knowing that he simply taught and was not invested in Ego's rewards or worried about what the future would bring. This is a treasure, read in his own young, strong voice. Namaste
Ram dass has one of the greatest deliveries, and doesn't disappoint with this one!
His comedic timing is uncanny!
yes, 12+ hours
perfectly right on!
Ram Dass is a masterful storyteller! Honest, authentic, beautiful!
This is the first Ram Dass book I have listened to.
Lots of laughing.
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.
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.
Ram Dass is a well-loved and venerable author and historian. If you love Ram Dass, you will love this book.
The book was entertaining, but I did feel that the discussion of more metaphysical matters were uninteresting.
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.
I would absolutely recommend this to those looking for clear and uncomplicated speech on the subject of spirituality from a variety of traditions. He does a beautiful job of blending and weaving his thoughts with spiritual traditions and practices to create a wonderfully pleasing and enlightening presentation.
This is an amazing audiobook of Ram Dass' lectures at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado back in the late 70s. It is a mix of Buddhist teaching, Hindu teachings and Christian teachings. Fantastic, but be warned, Ram Dass was a Harvard Professor with Timothy Leary and talks quite a bit about his experiences with psychedelics.
"A multiple-listen lifesaver"
This is one of the best spiritual talks I've ever heard. A younger Ram Dass floats the wisdom of the Gita through your mind with such naturalness that lines which you overlooked initially cook in your mind and come back to you years later. Listen to this once and you'll have a guru on your shoulder for a lifetime. RD is sincere and funny, honest and self -deprecating. The audiobook is comforting and invigorating. It's a gem.
"Not a great experience"
I was really hoping that this would give me new insights into the Gita to help me engage with it at a deeper level. Instead I found it to be a lot of self-indulgent twaddle.
Ram Dass's lectures are very good. I learnt so much from his talks. I will listen to it again several times as so they are very deep. I am a student of Tibetan Buddhism and Ram Dass's talk on the Bhagavad Gita has really helped my understanding of Tibetan Buddhism. Thank you Ram Dass.
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