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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
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Danilo
  • 19-06-19

Exceptional

Hearing Baba Ram Dass talking about a máster piece of consciousness is just exceptional, always greatful with Maharaji plan

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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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  • Alec III
  • 13-04-21

Ram!!!

Ram Dass has been popping up for me everywhere lately, especially on the DTFH podcast, so this was a joy to listen to. I look forward to reading the Bhagavad Gita, then coming back to listen to this again in the future. It resonated on so many levels in my life in 2021 even though it was recorded in the 1970s. If you’re into finding your why and living a purpose driven life, I highly recommend this.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-03-21

Perfection.

Anyone on a quest may enjoy this wisdom. It is funny and truthful. A cosmic joke of very serious magnitude needs to be held lightly. Ram Dass is all of us and we him. Namaste

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  • MR D P ASH
  • 02-06-15

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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  • Rick Hallett
  • 04-10-15

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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  • Magdalena Jacobson
  • 04-03-19

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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  • Soundman55
  • 02-06-18

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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  • Nick Penney
  • 30-06-17

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 :-)

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  • Ricky
  • 26-02-15

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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  • 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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  • Tracey
  • 25-03-17

What a trip!

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

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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.

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  • sam cook
  • 22-02-21

Rammed ass killing it with his spiritual teachings

Inspirational, funny, and relatable. loads of "ahhh'" moments listening to this. . If you're interested in getting down with your soul, get on this audiobook

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  • Carl Meyer
  • 15-09-20

Life changing

This audiobook over delivered well above and beyond my expectations. In fact, I've listened to the full thing about 8 times. Each listen I gain new insights, learning and perspectives. Thank you Ram Dass. Simply amazing to listen to. Namaste - Carl Meyer, New Zealand (age 27)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-12-18

five stars

so beautiful, enjoyed every moment of this audio book. Sit back and listen with a still mind

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  • Alex
  • 30-08-20

The best

Best Ram Dass resource on audible that I’ve listened to so far. Very highly recommend.

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  • Jess
  • 16-04-21

Love this

Love, love, love that we can receive the depth of teaching Ram Dass offers us when he no longer exists in the physical. Thank you 🙏💕

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  • altruisticman
  • 04-02-21

Awesome

I can see why people were not satisfied with the knowledge of the Gita they got from this;) but the journey really was a Holly one for me... and that’s what it’s all about.