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Summary

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

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

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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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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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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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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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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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meditation and yoga explained.

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

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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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amazing!

I loved this book. It really helped me understand myself, where I am in life and, where I need to be. It made me appreciate the life I have and the things I have. Highly recommended!!

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Love him!

Definitely a book to consume! (in every way possible!)
Imagine a world where everyone at least started what he is talking about. At least trying it. To reach the highest level of their own being. Why would anyone not want to get there. Like mental heaven.

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Wisdom for living

Wisdom for the challenge of living with being human and still keeping your heart open

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  • Brian W
  • 12-04-20

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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  • Fixed Stars Govern a Life
  • 16-01-20

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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  • kathleen gallagher
  • 05-11-14

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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  • Emerson Lim
  • 25-12-16

Wow!

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

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  • Dan
  • 23-07-19

Sabiduría simple y amorosa

Ram Dass describe de manera sencilla y amorosa su manera de entender el camino espiritual, a sus más de 80 años tiene una manera clara de como es el camino a Dios

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  • Dallassite
  • 30-09-18

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-10-15

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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  • Movieman
  • 30-12-14

A great teacher never will be out of touch!

Ram Dass has shown me in 60th., as he is communicating with me in my 70th. I will listen to this book a few more times, I am sure of that!

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  • Moe
  • 06-06-22

Amazing!

Great awareness opening your heart ❤️ it’s pure enlightenment! Bonus song in the back of the book and also mediations by Ram Dass...

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  • ITZU GURROLA LINARTE
  • 23-03-22

Hermoso

Un libro lleno de amor y sabiduría, es para digerirlo lento. Hermoso libro de verdad.