Polishing the Mirror: How to Live From Your Spiritual Heart

Ram Dass, Author, Rameshwar Das, With
Ram Dass with Rameshwar Das. Sounds True, $21.95 (224p) ISBN 978-1-60407-967-8
Reviewed on: 08/05/2013
Release date: 08/01/2013
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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. (Aug.)
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