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Love, Service, Devotion, and the Ultimate Surrender: Ram Dass on the Bhagavad Gita | [Ram Dass]

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

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.
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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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    Elizabeth PLEASANTON, CA, United States 01-13-14
    Elizabeth PLEASANTON, CA, United States 01-13-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Didn't really resonate with me"
    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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    Jill Pittsfield, MA, United States 12-08-13
    Jill Pittsfield, MA, United States 12-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Simple yet brilliant"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wade T. Brooks Portland, OR, USA 06-25-12
    Wade T. Brooks Portland, OR, USA 06-25-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Fantastic"

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Matt MA 06-14-12
    Matt MA 06-14-12
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    "RAM RAM RAM RAM"
    If you could sum up Love, Service, Devotion, and the Ultimate Surrender in three words, what would they be?

    RAM RAM RAM


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    RAM


    Which character – as performed by the narrator – was your favorite?

    RAM


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    RAM does hindu


    Any additional comments?

    Well done, Ram! Truth spoken eloquently, made a believer out of me...

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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  • MR D P ASH
    6/2/15
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    "Outstanding classic"

    A wonderfully intimate feel to this canonical audio recording of Ram Dass. As usual, Ram Dass helps you along your own path by pointing out the key pitfalls to avoid, based on his own experience, in order to help you achieve what you can in this life time. I have listened to it tens of times already; and each time some of the stories have taken on different meanings depending on where I am on my own journey. Now that's value for money!

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  • Ricky
    2/26/15
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
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    "Not a great experience"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mukesh
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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    "Wonderful Audiobook"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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