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Sometimes illumination occurs spontaneously or, as Ram Dass experienced, in a cosmic moment of the heart opening. More commonly, it happens when we remove the dust from the mirror of our spiritual heart with daily practice - to see beyond the illusion of our transient thoughts and emotions to the vast and luminous landscape of our true nature.

For five decades, Ram Dass has explored the depths of consciousness and love, and brought back insights as his service to others. With Polishing the Mirror, he gathers together his essential teachings for being and loving, here and now, in the eternal present. For those just starting on the path, this is a primer for living from the spiritual heart. For those already practicing it, is a reference point for daily life in the spirit.

In this audiobook, read by co-author Rameshwar Das, listeners will discover perennial wisdom, humor, teaching stories, and guidance into Ram Dass’s own spiritual practices, including:

  • Bhakti Yoga - devotion, opening our hearts to unconditional love
  • Practices for living, aging, dying, and embracing the natural flow of life
  • Karma Yoga - transformation through selfless service
  • Working with fear and suffering as a path to grace and freedom
  • Step-by-step guidance in devotional chant, meditation, mantra, and more

Polishing the Mirror is Ram Dass’s invitation to experience who we are and why we are here, and how to become beacons of unconditional love.

This unabridged audiobook includes four bonus tracks:

  • Pure Awareness - a guided meditation with Ram Dass
  • I Am Loving Awareness - a guided meditation with Ram Dass
  • An Introduction to Vipassana Meditation with Ram Dass
  • Sita Ram - kirtan chant music with Jai Uttal
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a re-real

If you have already gone through books by Ram Dass, you will find that's this is basically a collection of all the Ram Dass stories read by someone else. the guy reading it starts of by saying that copying this book is bad karma, something Ram Dass would never say. nothing is bad karma, it's just karma. sporadic sound bites with baba in order to out his name as a co-narrator. this shows off as being for the money = not Ram Dass way AT all.

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Great Content, Terrible Production

When this audiobook was being put together, someone clearly did not listen to it before they hit "publish." The end of Chapter Three cuts off in the middle of a story. Then, further in, we hear the whole thing again...finally hearing the end... but about a half an hour or more of other repeated material too. It's frankly a mess. And so sad, because Ram Dass' words are so good, and the narration is done well. My other beef with this is the meditations. There are L-O-N-G stretches of silence in the recorded meditations which, I understand, are appropriate for meditation but maybe not for an audiobook. Certainly, it makes driving and listening tough. It would have been smart to give the meditations their own chapters so that a driver could skip over them and return when at home. I really think that the publisher ruined some great material. Still, it is worth toughing out to get the good information.

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Wow!

What an illuminating and profound experience listening to someone who speaks about unconditional love and being here now.

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Loved this book!

Would you listen to Polishing the Mirror again? Why?

Yes - there's so much wisdom. The words, the meditations and music are wonderful!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ram Dass

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A shared spiritual journey

This is a mine of spiritual guidance. Ram Das is a teacher who speaks from his experience and has has the ability to draw you into spheres of thought that open up the possibility of glimpsing beyond thought.

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a terrific very helpful book

I liked all of it very much. it does need, however, a decent table of contents (no titles, chapter numbers don't line up with book chapters). but narration is terrific.

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nice read

perfect intro to doing the work, the path to enlightenment. Not bad at all.. .

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not what it says it is

this is labeled as a speech but isn’t a speech, it’s rameshwar das reading ram dass’ stories. really wish i wouldn’t have wasted a credit on this

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transformative.

This is one of many beautiful teachings from Ran Dass. It has helped me see more clearly how I've been in the world and how I can now be awake in my process. Namaste

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Must have

Every time I listen to this book, I get new insights and it takes me deeper into my heart. I can feel Ram Dass through Rameswar Dass. The energies combined are delightful.

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  • Stuart
  • 02-09-17

Perfect if you have the environment and space

One of the things that drew me to Ram Dass was his effervescent smile. I learned his name while reading about Timothy Leary and their experiments with mushrooms and LSD.

Ram Dass, was a high achieving individual in his previous alias as Richard Alpert. Being financially, well off and highly regarded undoubtedly gives a person a vantage point with which to experiment.

For many of us however, Its hard being spiritual when it takes all your effort to be "you." However if you are able to get away from life's letdowns (so to speak) this book is a perfect start.

Written with vast experience Ram Dass has throughout the book stayed away from the esoteric, and emphasised the practical. I never once however felt patronized at all.

One thing that may be helpful to the reader with this audio book would be a vocabulary list to accompany it. As with a specialized technology, Buddhist practice has an efficient lexicon to focus the student. A whole new book perhaps?

Summary, I've done it again; chosen another book I've enjoyed immensely and learnt a lot from. I've got my vocabulary book ready and I'm about to add a few words to it.

All the best and thank you Ram Dass

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  • Aheadspace
  • 02-09-16

Awakening from the heart

I love listening to the stories of Ram
Das & find the gentle way in which humour is used to bring a heightened awareness to both ageing & dying processes is sublime.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-01-20

good meditation examples

enjoyable historic story of Ram Dass from his days as Richard. unique to audio book is the live recordings to lead and guide the meditations

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  • Huskyaddict
  • 05-09-20

Inspiring

One of those books that might just change your life.
Have listened to this audio book multiple times and get something new from each listen.

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  • danny cairns
  • 02-06-21

just what I needed!

The stresses of the pandemic have been getting a bit much for me lately and this book is exactly what I needed to listen to to help me regain a bit of clarity and help my mental state!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-20-20

meditation and yoga explained.

loved it. interesting and explained in a simple way by ram dass. pure love.

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  • Sorcha M
  • 09-05-18

Really honest, reflective and insightful

Ram Dass, reflects on his own misperceptions earlier in life humbly and helpfully. His lessons are really important to both seekers and those post awakening /enlightenment. I'm really glad I read this ahead of his earlier works. He's truly expanded into god and grace since then.

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  • MR K.
  • 04-18-19

Nice book written with love

This is a lovely book filled with love and useful stories and information.
Thank you Ram Dass

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-10-18

comforting and illuminating spiritual advice

Poignant and instructional without ever seeming preachy, Ram Dass's mix of stories, advice, analogies and observations will help you in your spiritual practice. I am very grateful for the experience of listening to this audiobook and found the soothing narration style to compliment the subject matter.

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  • Gregory Garrett
  • 03-30-18

For the seeker with ears to listen

Ramm Dass continues to quench the thirst of seekers wandering around life's desert. This book will teach you to prepare to receive the Grace that we all need to awaken our hearts to life's higher mysteries 💖

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-02-17

Invaluable Resource

My third time listening through. I love everything about this text. It continues to influence my life on a profound level.

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  • Daddy Pig
  • 09-14-20

Brilliant, easy listen, greatly narrated

Written very well, very relateable, between the lines making it easy to understand, very well spoken narrator. thank you xx

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-26-21

Namaste

Wonderful spiritual guidance, will listen to this book many more times to help the words really resonate. Thank you, namaste 🙏🏼

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-11-21

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I loved it, and I hope you you will too
great stories, an outstanding knowledge

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-02-21

Beautiful teachings

totally loved it round us has such a beautiful way of delivering his work is experiences and depth of knowledge is profound and it is a real Joy to go along his journey with him.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-07-21

pretty boring

no point of ah ha or anything much from this one. this requires 15 words to be put up. how's that?

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  • Phil Botterill
  • 02-04-21

insightful and life changing

Brilliantly narrated, simple and enlightening content that was refreshing to my soul. Totally recommend this book to those who know in their hearts that there is more to be discovered.