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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
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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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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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For the seeker with ears to listen

Ramm Dass continues to quench the thirst of seekers wandering around life's desert. This book will teach you to prepare to receive the Grace that we all need to awaken our hearts to life's higher mysteries 💖

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amazing resource

Great book. Took me a while to get used to the narrator but eventually liked him.

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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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  • 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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  • LDV
  • 26-06-17

simply a pleasure to listen

Timeless wisdom with great meditations. I am sure I will be listening to this book again.

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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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