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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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    Evelyn 04-13-12
    Evelyn 04-13-12 Member Since 2015
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    "WOW!!! AMEN"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Love, Service, Devotion, and the Ultimate Surrender to be better than the print version?

    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!!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Love, Service, Devotion, and the Ultimate Surrender?

    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.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Love, Service, Devotion, and the Ultimate Surrender?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Let us help spread his message.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    kessing san diego, Ca, United States 09-17-11
    kessing san diego, Ca, United States 09-17-11
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    "Absolutely the Ultimate"

    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.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Alexandra 02-18-12
    Alexandra 02-18-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Oh....Ram Das!"

    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

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Regan New York 10-20-11
    Gary Regan New York 10-20-11 Member Since 2014

    With Lotsa Love from gaz regn

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    "Bhagavad Gita for Everyone"

    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).

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Louisville, KY, United States 10-27-11
    Rebecca Louisville, KY, United States 10-27-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Wow!!! An American mystic."

    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

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Sid Cincinnati, OH, United States 08-12-12
    Sid Cincinnati, OH, United States 08-12-12
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    "Great as always"
    What made the experience of listening to Love, Service, Devotion, and the Ultimate Surrender the most enjoyable?

    Ram dass has one of the greatest deliveries, and doesn't disappoint with this one!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Love, Service, Devotion, and the Ultimate Surrender?

    His comedic timing is uncanny!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes, 12+ hours


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    kathleen United States 03-25-13
    kathleen United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Phenomenal work of art!"
    If you could sum up Love, Service, Devotion, and the Ultimate Surrender in three words, what would they be?

    perfectly right on!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Love, Service, Devotion, and the Ultimate Surrender?

    Ram Dass is a masterful storyteller! Honest, authentic, beautiful!


    Have you listened to any of the narrator’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first Ram Dass book I have listened to.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Lots of laughing.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John Huntington Beach, CA, United States 07-21-15
    John Huntington Beach, CA, United States 07-21-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Great if you are ready for it."

    Very deep and specific. Probably read the book info before buying to make sure it is what you want. Precursor to many of the new gurus. I thought it was well done. Even though the sound quality was marginal at times.

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    Blake 07-20-15
    Blake 07-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Ram Dass is an amazing teacher of wisdom"

    Buy, listen, love, grow change your perception about why you are alive and what you are doing on this planet

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ann and William 07-08-15 Member Since 2013
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    "two edged sword"

    Every "Soul" will hear this differently . I don't understand it all, but I feel more comfortable with myself and the mystery; the unexplainable aspects of life that religions want to give us answer's of certainty to. I enjoyed hearing passages from different teachings that are in agreement and point us in a direction to find some of our own answers.

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  • Mrs. Donna Still
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    "Wisdom for wisdom sake!"

    I didn't like these lectures, I loved them, they really spoke to me. Loving what is, is the key to enlightenment. Ram Dass is very funny with a clear voice.

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  • MR D P ASH
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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ricky
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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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