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Paths to God: Living the Bhagavad Gitaby Ram Dass
Synopses & Reviews
For centuries, readers have turned to the Bhagavad Gita for inspiration and guidance as they chart their own spiritual paths. As profound and powerful as this classic text has been for generations of seekers, integrating its lessons into the ordinary patterns of our lives can ultimately seem beyond our reach. Now, in a fascinating series of reflections, anecdotes, stories, and exercises, Ram Dass gives us a unique and accessible road map for experiencing divinity in everyday life. In the engaging, conversational style that has made his teachings so popular for decades, Ram Dass traces our journey of consciousness as it is reflected in one of Hinduism’s most sacred texts. The Gita teaches a system of yogas, or “paths for coming to union with God.”
In Paths to God, Ram Dass brings the heart of that system to light for a Western audience and translates the Gita’s principles into the manual for living the yoga of contemporary life.
While being a guide to the wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita, Paths to God is also a template for expanding our definition of ourselves and allowing us to appreciate a new level of meaning in our lives.
From the Hardcover edition.
A companion to the Bhagavad Gita offers a series of reflections on the major themes of the classic Hindu texts, translating the ancient teachings into principles for contemporary Western life and making its wisdom relevant to modern life. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
World-renowned philosopher and spiritual teacher Ram Dass—author of the groundbreaking classic Be Here Now—presents the contemporary Western audience with a lively, accessible guide to the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, the classic Hindu text that has been called the ultimate instruction manual for living a spiritual life.
About the Author
Ram Dass has served on the faculty at Stanford and Harvard Universities. In the 1960s, he traveled to India, where he met his guru. Since then, he has pursued a variety of spiritual practices, including guru kripa, devotional yoga, karma yoga, many forms of meditation, and Sufi and Jewish studies. Many of his books, including Be Here Now, are international bestsellers and classics of their kind.
Table of Contents
Context and conflict — Karma and reincarnation — Karma yoga — Jnana yoga — Brahman — Sacrifice and mantra — Renunciation and purification — Devotion and the guru — Social aspects of Sadhana — Dying — The course syllabus. Keeping a journal ; Contemplation ; Meditation ; The witness ; Giving and receiving ; Silence ; Tapasya ; Hatha yoga asanas and pranayam ; Japa yoga ; Going to church or temple ; Kirtan ; Satsang collaboration ; Puja table ; Karma yoga — The supplemental syllabus. Vipassana meditation ; Mindfulness meditation on food / by Joseph Goldstein ; Buddhist mealtime meditations / by Jack Kornfield ; Satsang meditation ; How to use a mala ; The chakras ; The yoga of psychedelics.
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