• Love, Service, Devotion, and the Ultimate Surrender

  • Ram Dass on the Bhagavad Gita
  • By: Ram Dass
  • Narrated by: Ram Dass
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Release date: 08-24-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Sounds True
  • 4.6 (505 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2011 Sounds True (P)2011 Sounds True

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  • kessing
  • san diego, Ca, United States
  • 09-17-11

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.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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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

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Rebecca
  • Louisville, KY, United States
  • 10-27-11

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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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).

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Sid
  • Cincinnati, OH, United States
  • 08-12-12

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

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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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A Gem

Even though the audio is not up to contemporary standards, having these teachings on the Gita from the 70's is an absolute blessing. I'm halfway through and loving it so much, I had to post something about it. It consists of recordings from a course on the Gita he taught at Naropa U, and Ram is a very fine teacher. He must have been great at Harvard! In this way, it's also a mini-time capsule. I have studied the Gita before but this is opening it in a new way for me. I know I will turn to it again and again to untangle my own clinging.

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Great motivation boost

Great wisdom from a beautiful person doing his things trying to help us all get to a place where doing our own thing just is.
Thank you ram ram ram... Ram

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Awe-inspiring

A great treasure, these live recording of Ram Dass. His down to earth personality, his sense of humor, his inclusiveness, his personal experiences, makes these talk a real treasure, that I probably will revisit and listen again in the future . Thank You Ram Dass.

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I could listen to Ram Dass talk about the weather

Great lecture series, the recording quality from a classroom at Naropa 40 years ago is surprisingly good.

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  • Rick Hallett
  • 10-04-15

Masterful

Ram Dass at his most eloquent, witty and humble. He speaks the truth, and there was very little I could find reason to disagree with. But if I did, he made the space in which to do that. The last chapter it probably worth the purchase alone.

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  • MR D P ASH
  • 06-02-15

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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  • Nick Penney
  • 06-30-17

Excellent coverage of Gita by a Master teacher

Ram Dass delivers 12 hours of lectures in his own inimable kind, loving, humorous style. These lectures are now many decades old, but for me they are totally relevant in our modern world (How could timeless wisdom ever lose it's relevance after all :-)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Ricky
  • 02-26-15

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.

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  • Mukesh
  • 05-05-13

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.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Csilli
  • 07-07-17

Ultimate surrender

I have read quite a lot but nothing compares to this. His honesty, sense of humour, self acceptance, literature knowledge amazed me. He became my daily companion, I'm learning from him and he entertains me at the same time. Best buy I'v ever made in my life.

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  • Manu Pande
  • 06-22-17

Well served.

Very Profound signboard in the journey towards freedom. feel the signs and dont read them.

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  • Tracey
  • 03-25-17

What a trip!

Loved it! Anyone with an interest in spiritual​ texts would enjoy Ram Das' storytelling style.

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  • MavisSedaris
  • 09-20-16

Going deep with Ram Dass

An excellent series of talks from the most brilliant speaker of the 20th century. Highly recommended!

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  • Stephen
  • 12-20-13

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 6 people found this review helpful