Polishing the Mirror: How to Live From Your Spiritual Heart

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Moments of boundless love and realization do occur spontaneously, reflects Ram Dass, but it is our daily life practice that clarifies the mind and heart-and makes these experiences an abiding part of who we are.

For over five decades, Ram Dass has ventured across the globe, into the depths of consciousness, and along the path of service to others. With Polishing the Mirror, he gathers together his most essential practice-based guidance for ...

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Overview

Moments of boundless love and realization do occur spontaneously, reflects Ram Dass, but it is our daily life practice that clarifies the mind and heart-and makes these experiences an abiding part of who we are.

For over five decades, Ram Dass has ventured across the globe, into the depths of consciousness, and along the path of service to others. With Polishing the Mirror, he gathers together his most essential practice-based guidance for living fully in the here and now.

Readers will find within these pages a rich combination of perennial wisdom, humor, teaching stories, and detailed "nuts-and-bolts" instruction on Ram Dass' most valued spiritual practices, including:

.Bhakti Yoga-opening our hearts to universal love
.Practices for living, aging, dying, and embracing the natural flow of life
.Karma Yoga-how humility and service profoundly transform us
.Working with fear and suffering as a path to grace and freedom
.Step-by-step guidance in devotional chant, mantra and mala practices, and much more

For those both familiar and new to Ram Dass' teachings, here is this vanguard spiritual explorer's complete guide for polishing the mirror of the soul, discovering who we are and why we are here, and reflecting fully the light of our true nature.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This collection of teachings by Ram Dass (Be Here Now), one of the United States' most famous spiritual seekers, is surprisingly fresh and accessible more than 40 years after the psychedelic psychologist first wrote about consciousness expansion through LSD. The anecdote-packed chapters cover many of the practices Ram Dass has used—devotional bhakti yoga, worldly karma yoga, daily practices like meditation and chanting—in his quest to become a more loving, compassionate being. He discusses serious issues with a frankness that opens up difficult topics, such as how he coped with a stroke that drastically changed his understanding of his role in the world. No longer did he feel special, "under the protective umbrella of my guru," he writes. Instead, he realized he was subject to the same, sometimes painful, process of aging and dying that everybody faces. His willingness to admit his own mistakes and turn them into lessons for personal growth is refreshing, and allows readers to see themselves in his story. The collection successfully straddles a fine line, providing both a broad overview for those new to Ram Dass's writings and an engaging recap for readers who have enjoyed his previous books. (Aug.)
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"This collection of teachings by Ram Dass (Be Here Now), one of the United States' most famous spiritual seekers, is surprisingly fresh and accessible more than 40 years after the psychedelic psychologist first wrote about consciousness expansion through LSD. The anecdote-packed chapters cover many of the practices Ram Dass has used-devotional bhakti yoga, worldly karma yoga, daily practices like meditation and chanting-in his quest to become a more loving, compassionate being. He discusses serious issues with a frankness that opens up difficult topics, such as how he coped with a stroke that drastically changed his understanding of his role in the world. No longer did he feel special, "under the protective umbrella of my guru," he writes. Instead, he realized he was subject to the same, sometimes painful, process of aging and dying that everybody faces. His willingness to admit his own mistakes and turn them into lessons for personal growth is refreshing, and allows readers to see themselves in his story. The collection successfully straddles a fine line, providing both a broad overview for those new to Ram Dass's writings and an engaging recap for readers who have enjoyed his previous books."
-Publishers Weekly, August 2013

"Considering his long-standing advice to "be here now," the spiritual author and teacher Ram Dass has always been ahead of his time...Polishing the Mirror brings a light tone to recapping the lessons learned, wisdom gained, love realized, and new challenges awaiting as the end of this life nears."

-Rick Chatenever, Spirituality & Health

"Ram Dass has been the most influential person in my own spiritual development. I treasure his wisdom as well as his spirit. Let his words in this book enter your soul-for my friend Ram Dass is divine love personified."
-Wayne Dyer, Author of The Power of Intention

"This book is a blessing! Simply reading it will open your heart and bring you to mysterious, spacious, loving freedom. Ram Dass is one of the great sages of our time who can make us laugh, cry, and awaken!"
--Jack Kornfield, Author of A Path with Heart

"Ram Dass reminds us of the truths that are easiest to forget and most central to our lives. Loving awareness is our true nature. In Polishing the Mirror, we are guided back home to this realization through a delightful weave of vintage stories, wisdom teachings, and the felt transmission of Ram Dass's own radiant heart."
--Tara Brach, Author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge

"Ram Dass is a wise man in our time-- spiritual pioneer, teacher, and luminary of planetary consciousness. Illumining the path for all of us, RD is the headlight at the forefront of the Dharma movement in the West. This gentle giant has been polishing the mirror of his heart and soul for a very long time, bringing forth the sweet fruits of his labors of love and selfless service for our benefit today and tomorrow. His new book clearly calls us to join together and awaken, to make the infinite journey from the head to the heart, and to adventure to co-create a better world by being loving awareness right now. I simply cannot put down this lovely book."
--Lama Surya Das, Author of Awakening the Buddha Within

"This book by our precious friend Ram Dass is a beautiful guide to love and awakening."
--Joan Halifax, Abbot of Upaya Zen Center

"Ram Dass is a superb writer. His example of gentleness and loving compassion is infused with profound wisdom of the heart and mind, a welcome sense of humor and a savvy effectiveness in the real world."
-THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

"Ram Dass continues to share his ongoing journey with us, to our great benefit."
-JON KABAT-ZINN, Author of Mindfulness for Beginners

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"Ram Dass is a superb writer. His example of gentleness and loving compassion is infused with profound wisdom of the heart and mind, a welcome sense of humor and a savvy effectiveness in the real world."
-THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

"Ram Dass continues to share his ongoing journey with us, to our great benefit."
-JON KABAT-ZINN Author of Mindfulness for Beginners

Library Journal
Ram Dass (born Richard Alpert) was and is most celebrated for his 1971 book, Be Here Now, also written with Rameshwar Das (born James Lytton), as well as his association with Timothy Leary and devotion to the teachings of Bhagavan Das: without doubt he is the guru of groovy. This book follows his more recent encounters with Judaism, with his own bisexuality, and with the consequences of a stroke. Dass is as devoted to Hindu thought and the example of Hanuman as ever, but here he confronts age and difficulty in new ways. VERDICT Ram Dass has an assured following, but his fluent thought and persuasive writing may well appeal to a broad new readership of spiritual seekers as well.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604079678
  • Publisher: Chris Grenard
  • Publication date: 8/1/2013
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 131,103
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Ram Dass means "Servant of God." Born Richard Alpert, Ram Dass is the founder of the Love Serve Remember Project and co-founder of the Seva Foundation and the Prison Ashram Project. He is the author of the worldwide spiritual classic Be Here Now, and many other books. For more information, visit ramdass.org.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2013

    I am a Ram Dass fan and this book was wonderful. He has a lot o

    I am a Ram Dass fan and this book was wonderful. He has a lot of good insights and I enjoyed reading it. It is a book that you can come back to and not store away when you are finished.

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