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Paths to God: Living the Bhagavad Gita

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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, ...more
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Published December 18th 2007 by Harmony (first published 2004)
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Mar 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: re-reading
This book was incredible. Ram Dass walks you through the Gita without it being a book report. He supplements every chapter with excercises and further readings so you don't just read it, you feel it. The book is also inclusive of most religions. He quotes the Bible to explain attachment in a western light and enriches the meaning with his personal experience and texts from the Vedas.
This book is not a beginners book though. He relies on the reader to have a fundemental understanding of Arjuna a
I like Ram Dass. He has a sweetness and approachability to his writting that makes my heart float with his company. He makes me a better person, humble, kind, loving, caring, present, filled with curiosity, God, and love for man.
I skimmed this book. It made me want to read the Gita.
I really like what he says about Hatha Yoga and its ability to change a persons perspective towards their body, especially in relation to consumption.
Jun 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book. An easy read. It presented the Gita in such a easy and natural read. I am very familure with the ideas in this book, and it just solidified them for me. I think its a great book for beginners, and those who have been on the spiritual path for awhile. I really like Ram Dass. The book kind of made me want to take drugs
Sep 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ram Dass is my number one upaguru. His style and wit speak to my heart like no other. I've found the Bhagavad Gita difficult to understand and apply but RD has a way of making such things more clear. I've learned so much from him but his books are worth reading for his excellent story telling alone. He's a character and beautifully meshuga.
Jan 22, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
oh god, i'm supposed to read the bhagavad gita three times to understand this book?!!!! maybe on my next vacation....
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spirituality
This is based off of a course that Ram Dass taught at Naropa University.

It was good, but never inspired me to write any quotations or notes. Still an interesting read. It doesn't so much address the Gita as it talks about concepts that are found within. At the end there is section suggesting many forms of spiritual practice, and I took some mental notes from there that I found helpful.
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
THIS BOOK IS STRAIGHT FIRE. LOved it. Essential for your spiritual journey
Helen Lehndorf
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good, accessible and pragmatic approach to incorporating the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita into daily life.
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ram Dass really knows how to spellbind in his oral raps that then get transcribed. Be advised, however, that this book is not really focused on the Bhagavad-Gita, at least not in a systematic way. But despite its lack of scholarly rigor, or perhaps thanks to that lack, the book is extremely readable, with chapters on Karma Yoga and Jnana Yoga that are remarkable.
Nov 18, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite the fact that the author is a total hippy, I really enjoyed this book. I appreciated the perspective of a Westerner converting to Hinduism...I found it very interesting seeing the differences in how Westerners/Easterners think. I learned a lot about the various practices involved in leading an 'enlightened' life. And I enjoyed his interpretation of the Gita. He included quotes from all the great religious leaders (Christ, Buddha, etc), which I appreciated.

I learned to ignore his discussi
Monica McCarthy
Feb 03, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Monica by: Yoga peeps
Funny enough, I read this book while home over Christmas. I had tried reading this book months before but I couldn't get into it. Once the right time for me to delve into the ideas however, I became more and more interested in the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, and learning more about the true source of yoga and not just our westernized versions of the practice. I also appreciated Mr. Daas' honesty and candor and immediately recommended and lent my copy to a friend interested in eastern philoso ...more
Rose Fuller
Apr 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is awesome! Ram Dass is a great writer, he's lead an interesting life, travelling to India and living without money. The book covers different types of yoga, including Bhakti yoga the devotional service to God. Ram talks about his Jewish background, his family, the death of his mother. Buddhism is covered in detail with regards to his experience of the death of his mother and a close friend, with whom he was with while she was dying. The book covers the authors drug experiences on LSD ...more
Preston Bryant
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Ram Dass is not the greatest of writers; but his spiritual lessons and insights are second to none, and his western twist on an eastern practice is extremely valuable. I think the revolution of consciousness is happening at such a rapid rate, and for those who have transcended the intellect, this guide is of the utmost importance.

"The whole world is tormented by words
And there is no one who does without words.
But only insofar as one is free from words
Does one rea
Really interesting, and a great way to kind of GET the Gita a bit better. (I mean, I know that book is accessible as hell, hahahahah….) Also LOVED this bc it is from a class at the Naropa Institute (I went to the coolest grad school ever!!!!) and he uses pics of the students (that was the coolest year, the first year of Naropa), real-life stories. My only criticism is once you read Ram Dass, he uses a lot of the same stories over and over again....but good to hear. Great book.
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great book. I enjoyed Ram Dass's writing style. He incorporates the Bhagavad Gita into real life situations by using his own life as examples. He does go off on some explanations and seems to get carried away in his stories, but his stories are wonderful, thoughtful and lived. And it is through his living them and in the sharing of them that are able to learn and apply his wisdom in our own life.
Marguerite Bradley
Great read wonderful insight crossing over to the Eastern religions and meeting with the western. Turns out that if you seek it you will find. Open ur heart and mind. Author is funny down to earth hippie that opened his mind with Timothy Leary in the 70s by magic mushrooms and studied eastern religion to find the answers about God. Crosses both east and west cultures bringing full circle to the one the supreme being and to find it within.
Nov 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating book where Ram Dass tries to explain his views of reality, God-ness, and the relationship between western understanding and eastern ideas. I always find his books quite interesting. This book also includes a compendium at the end with a full program for meditation and spritual awakening.
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Hanuman Dass
This is the closest work we have to a commentary by Ram Dass on the Bhagavad Gita. It is based on an extensive course taught in America in the 1970s. There is also over 12 Hours of excellent audio available free on youtube.

I have placed a link to the first session below.

Samuel Lewis
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ram Dass is the most amazing teacher. His work speaks directly to me and this book serves as an amazing way to connect with his teachings. I found it incredibly valuable that it contains a syllabus for the class!
May 22, 2009 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I'm reading this for several reasons -- I've always enjoyed Ram Dass's writing and philosophy, find it meaningful and profound. Plus my new Nepalese friends are all Hindus, so it is giving me some insight into their traditions and provide some interesting points for conversation.
Mar 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this in small doses mixed in with my other reading. It is very deep without being ... very deep. Real life correlations to the ancient sacred text bring the stories to life and I will read this over and over, I am sure.
Rather than being another commentary on the Bhagavad Gita, Paths to God uses this ancient text as a springboard to a wide-ranging, engaging inquiry into the variety of ways people come into a real, dynamic relationship with God.
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ram Dass is the shit.
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jim Parker
Oct 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marvelous book, the contents are essentially the lectures Ram Dass gave on the Bhagavad Gita at Naropa Institute.
Dec 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ram Das with another amazing book
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is hands down the best book on spiritual philosophy I've ever read. It changed my life for the better in so many ways. The practices established from my reading of Paths to God are invaluable.
Jun 18, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ram Dass lectures on the Baghavad Gita, in 1974, at the Naropa Institute. Far out man! An easy way to understand the main themes of the Baghavad Gita.
Wendy Hollister
Apr 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ram Dass has lived a very colorful life with various people. He sheds an interesting perspective on the BG, Timothy Leary and yoga.
Apr 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy, yoga
Sharing of life experience from someone who has experimented and pursued a life less main stream. I enjoyed the book.
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