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  • Ram Dass on the Bhagavad Gita
  • By: Ram Dass
  • Narrated by: Ram Dass
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (299 ratings)

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Love, Service, Devotion, and the Ultimate Surrender

By: Ram Dass
Narrated by: Ram Dass
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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.

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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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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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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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Excellent!!!

I highly recommend this particular collection of talks. There is nothing like sitting in with Ram Dass. I have listened to this lecture so many many times and felt a new experience each time. Timeless!!!

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Not your average analysis - profound given the context of the commentator

This is a very well thought out but meandering review of a classic scripture. If you are expecting an analysis of the work you may be disappointed.

However, when comparing the text to experiences of years as a “teaching” as he resumes in chapter 10, this contains some profound reflections that merit serious consideration.

Specifically, chapter 9 on death, considering Ram Dass’s past as a psychologist and the views had at that time with his beliefs after years as a spiritual commentator is a master talk which shakes my beliefs to the root. Life, death, karma, Vues on death and dying are all put in my blender and require profound review.

I have no idea when the talks were made but they feel as relevant today as they were then.

Take your time and don’t have any expectation and you may well be pleasantly surprised.

I’m going to listen at least once more

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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 :-)

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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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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.

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I absolutely love this guy!

I discovered Ram Dass a few weeks ago when I listened to Becoming Nobody. After listening 3 times as I always do with Spiritual books, I decided that I wanted more so I bought this one and love it! I will certainly purchase another Ram Dass book after I have listened to this one 3 times. I have also listened to many Ram Dass podcasts and what is interesting is his own evolution from being someone who tried to stay on the higher plane and teach his devotees the same, to then understanding that we need to be both in the Spiritual plane and on the human plane in order to find complete freedom.
He is so real and not afraid to share his own vulnerabilities and the work he did to help others, again without fear, is phenomenal.
I listen to him every evening under the stars and it is the perfect way to spend the evening digesting this wonderful Spiritual journey I am on.
Thank you Ram Dass!

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Inner Wisdom

I love Ram Das and have done so from the moment I first heard heard his words of wisdom in the 70's. I always find those gems that make me question myself, that shake me and wake me out of the illusions I slip back into again and again. His words touch deep into the soul like a gentle caress or, a strong prod reminding me just who I am not who I think I am. This is a book which is good for anyone just starting out on a spiritual journey, as well as those experienced travellers still searching.

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  • kessing
  • 17-09-11

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.

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  • Alexandra
  • 18-02-12

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

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  • Gary Regan
  • 20-10-11

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).

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  • Rebecca
  • 27-10-11

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

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  • Sid
  • 12-08-12

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

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  • Elizabeth
  • 13-01-14

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.

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  • 123456@#$
  • 24-01-19

Awful sound quality.

Rambling talk. Not really so much about the Bhagavad Gita but still lovely. Sound quality so poor. Shame on you audible.

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  • kathleen
  • 25-03-13

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.

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  • Wade T. Brooks
  • 25-06-12

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.

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  • Matt
  • 14-06-12

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...

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