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Love, Service, Devotion, and the Ultimate Surrender

Ram Dass on the Bhagavad Gita
Spoken Word CD
Sounds True
April, 2011
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Banyen's Description: 

The Bhagavad Gita is a gem so precious in India that many regard it not as a volume of sacred verse, but as a living manifestation of the Divine. In the summer of 1974, at the fledgling Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado, some say that a minor miracle occurred: 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.

The tale of the warrior Arjuna and his divine friend Krishna serves as metaphor for the recurring dilemmas that we encounter as we spiral into the depths of our spiritual journey. In these sessions, Ram Dass illuminates the Gita’s essential verses with insights spanning many traditions, from Rumi's ecstatic poetry to Basho's koans, from devotional chant to monastic silence, from Sri Ramana’s self-inquiry to Saint Paul’s devotion to Christ.

The destination? A new perspective on the “hinges” all spiritual seekers must face again and again: If it's all Divine perfection, why bother with the search at all? Is it possible to awaken without a teacher or guru? If I'm conscious and kind, why not indulge in all of life's pleasures? Since everyone suffers and dies, will my compassion ultimately matter?

With irrepressible love and intellect (and a good dose of skillful mischief), this epic meeting with Ram Dass yields new answers with every revisit, like a lifelong friend that comes to meet us at each turning of our journey.

This 12-hour odyssey with Ram Dass into his timeless Yogas of the Bhagavad Gita Naropa sessions includes:

ª  Karma yoga—reincarnation, dharma, service, sadhanas

ª  Jnana yoga—inquiry, the critical mind, the koan

ª  Sacrifice and mantra—trappings and benefits of ritual and form

ª  Renunciation, purification—ashtanga yoga, kundalini, the chakras, austerities, the “witness,” desire, sexual energy

ª  Devotion and the guru—bhakti (“devotion”), surrender, siddhis (“powers”), Maharajji

ª  Death and dying—What is born, what dies? How do you live in the present moment?

Publisher’s Description: 

No other teacher has shaped the spiritual landscape of America like Ram Dass. With more than 3 million books sold to date, this legendary author has spent the last half century translating Eastern spirituality in terms that Westerners can understand. Now with Love, Service, Devotion, and the Ultimate Surrender, this luminary shares a captivating lecture series illuminating the central teachings of The Bhagavad Gita. Originally recorded at Naropa University in its founding year, this digitally remastered audio course features a hand-selected group of topics including karma, personal responsibility, the struggles of the human soul, and more.

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