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Rising in Love tells the story of the author's extraordinary spiritual awakening in America (which included meeting an angel), his discovery of Amma (the living Guru known in the West as the Hugging Saint), and the 27 amazing years he has spent in quest of Enlightenment as Amma's devotee, most of that time in India. The book is a multi-faceted diamond: a suspenseful psycho ...more
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Published December 12th 2014 by O Books
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Rick Archer
Oct 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“Rising in Love” offers a wonderful glimpse into the life and teachings of Amma, the ‘hugging Saint,’ and an extraordinary window into the Guru-disciple relationship. Ram Das Batchelder has ‘been there; done that’ with regard to the many phases of the spiritual journey, from drugs, rock ‘n’ roll, tantric sex and delusion, to Christianity, A Course in Miracles, nude gatherings, celibacy, mantras, Self-inquiry, and finally, to the heights of devotion, samadhi and mystical insight. He’s spent 27 ye ...more
Ram Batchelder
Oct 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
If I do say so myself, this is one hell of a fun book.
Deborah Lloyd
Oct 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is truly captivating – be forwarned - once you start reading, you will not be able to put it down! The author details the journey of his spiritual path, following Amma, the living, loving and compassionate Hindu saint, who guides him through the up’s and down’s, knowing’s and doubts, of a challenging, spiritual life path. He always describes his real-life experiences with much humility – and a great sense of humor! I especially loved the last chapters of the book where the author share ...more
Claudia Calisch
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Some books written by spiritual aspirants can be dry, serious, and a bit holier than thou, but Rising in Love is not one of them. I laughed, I cried, I felt so inspired! Ram Das uses great heart, humor, and vulnerability in telling his oh so amazing story with Amma. I highly recommend this book and hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Stephen
Oct 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Stephen Pope’s review of “Rising in Love”

“Rising in Love” is a wonderfully inspiring, beautiful book, a spiritual journey told with much love, humor and humility. I deeply enjoyed it -- it is truly a book of the heart. When the author’s initial spiritual awakening rapidly spirals into dangerous delusion, drug addiction, and despair, we watch on the edge of our seats as he gradually discovers the healing power of spirituality, regains his sanity, meets his Guru, and finds inner peace
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Daniela Norris
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Review of “Rising in Love” by Daniela I. Norris


It is rare that an author shares their personal spiritual journey with such clarity, honesty, humor and self-depreciation. This offering from Ram Das Batchelder (aka Mark Batchelder) initially had me scratching my head in hesitation. I don't do gurus and ashrams, I am a skeptic by nature and am not sure I even believe that gurus are for real, so what's the deal here?

It is precisely this curiosity and need to understand
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Stephanie Sorrell
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a well written and extremely engaging book. Ram Das abandoned his drug dominated life in his 20s to follow a spiritual teacher, Amma (known as the ‘hugging saint’), and has since spent more than 18 years at her ashram in India, with the view to becoming enlightened and being of genuine service to the world.
Within the title lies an interesting and crucial distinction between falling in love and rising in love which is a thread which runs boldly throughout this unique book. Crucial,
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Helen Noble
Oct 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“The Divine Diamond is not something external to us. Its center is in our hearts, and our true nature is the entirety of that all-encompassing Divine Diamond. To realize this directly, and experience it fully and permanently, is the lofty goal of Hindu spirituality.”

Ram Das Batchelder’s narrative weaves his early, personal skirmishes with drug abuse and mental illness with the story of his pursuit of alignment with the divine, as embodied by charismatic, hugging saint Amma. He takes
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Jo Barnard
Oct 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"Rising In Love" is a very true and honest memoir of Ram Das Batchelder's journey towards love in its purest form. He bravely bares his soul, sharing with us the darkest of his experiences in a very human and often comical way, leaving no stone unturned in order that we can peek at the various shadows that kept him from experiencing love and joy for so long.

As we learn more about Ram Das, we quickly learn that his journey from
darkness to light was never going to be a dull or ha
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Dielle Ciesco
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The book shares the author’s adventures as he follows Amma, the hugging saint, across the US and then to India where he undergoes an intense purification through dysentery…hey, no one ever said the spiritual path was an easy one…and the tests he either fails or passes. Along the journey, Ram Das meets other awakened beings, but none whose love can hold a candle to Amma’s. Throughout his quest for enlightenment and relationship, the beauty of this story is in the honesty…that the spiritual path i ...more
John C.
Oct 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is many things - a tribute to the author's guru, Amma, for her world-wide spiritual and humanitarian presence, a lively and accurate first-hand account of Hindu mysticism, and most of all, an autobiography of a fierce and passionate drive for God-Realization.

You will meet Amma, which translates to Divine Mother, frequently in this book so a little background is in order. Born in 1953, Amma showed herself to be a remarkable and spiritually precocious child, composing divinely-inspired
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Alicia Garey
Oct 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
“Rising in Love” is a beautifully written account of the author's search for spirituality, healing and enlightenment. Ram Das examines the religious beliefs of his childhood, or lack thereof, and begins to passionately delve into Hindu prayer and rituals, which allow him to realize his creativity and true self, leaving behind years of reliance upon drugs and self sabotaging behaviors.

The story is told with great sensitivity, honesty and humor with an endearing appreciation for his own perceived
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Carolyn Mathews
Oct 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"Rising In Love: My Wild and Crazy Ride to Here and Now, with Amma, the Hugging Saint", is a fascinating account of Ram Das Batchelder's life and times, as spiritually rewarding as it is revealing. Rewarding, because his accounts of his spiritual epiphanies make me feel that I, too, am experiencing them in some small way. Just one of these light bulb moments is Ram Das's 'take' on the nature of Amma's omniscient awareness. As a child I was taught that God was omniscient but couldn't see how it c ...more
Paul Wagner
Nov 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As revealed in his new book, Rising in Love, nestled in the wildly loving and curious heart of its author Ram Das Batchelder, is a tiny seed of angelic insanity wrapped by the loving embrace of deep awareness. Lest we remember, to be a saint requires simultaneous plunges into the light and dark.

Ram Das is not just any conscious saintly being, he has fathomed humanity at its depths and heights through the hardships of personal exploration and experience. He’s danced with the devil, cheated the d
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Dara Gilroy
Oct 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend this book. It deals with a serious subject, a man's quest to find God or his own Higher Self but at the same time it is a wonderfully entertaining read.

It will make fascinating reading both for those already on a spiritual journey and also for those open-minded enough to consider that there may be a Higher Reality beyond the outer appearances of this world. Reading this book strengthened my faith that there is such a Higher Reality that we all are part of and increased my res
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Chris Johnson
Oct 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Whether you are aware of it or not, we are currently experiencing a profound “Shift” in the nature of human consciousness. Collectively, as a species, we are taking an evolutionary step, a quantum leap even, towards making conscious the One Truth that each of us is an individualized expression of All-That-Is—aka God, Allah, Buddha, Jehovah, Consciousness (with a capital ‘C’), or (as the author reminds us) in Hindu culture, Brahman or Parabrahma.

Rising in Love tells the hilarious stor
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Carmen Harris
Nov 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The author charts a profound journey of awakening, self-realisation and devotion. And the relief is, the reading is both light and funny! Sometimes hilarious. As with many of us on the spiritual path, we're constantly on the look-out for the way in. Having read the book and reinforced the bookshelf, bought the t-shirt and worn it threadbare, that half-open door often still eludes us. In the realms of the spiritual one imagines that an epiphany and its aftermath of 'going through' is a personal, ...more
Doreen Davy
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
For me, the experience of reading Rising in Love by Ram Das Batchelder was inspiring. It was similar to how I felt when, around fifteen years ago, I read and reread The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. As with Tolle’s book, Rising in Love is powerful and thought provoking. It leaves the reader with a sense of awe and wonder in relation to the concept of higher consciousness and what a personal relationship and connectedness to ‘God’ might mean. Ram Das describes his spiritual awakening with clarit ...more
Kelly Olsen
Oct 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Truly amazing. I have read many spiritual books but none with such humor, sweet devotion, or mind-opening perspectives. The trials and tribulations of the author on the spiritual path were so much easier for me to relate to than the more lofty, serious spiritual books I have read because I also had awakenings that I had no reference for before I met my teacher. But none like Ram Das!! At the same time this book is interwoven with a level of conscious awareness and beauty that is extremely rare i ...more
Alex
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was a joy to read. With a truly contagious enthusiasm, Ram Das shares with us the story of his life as a spiritual seeker, starting with the wildly unconventional days of his youth, to his blessed meeting with his Guru, Amma and his subsequent life as a renunciate in her Indian ashram, as a wondering monk travelling through India, and finally back at her ashram as a married man, all throughout with Amma’s infinite Grace accompanying and guiding him. I was touched by the honesty with wh ...more
Hector
Oct 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Some of the greatest and life changing books I have read in my life were recommended to me by Ram Das. As time goes by though, I find myself reading less and less books. However, when I learned he had written Rising in Love I had to come out of my reading hiatus and am I so glad I did! The book grabbed me from the get go and what was meant to be an initial two hour reading session turned into an all niter, impossible to put it down once I started. I found amazing spiritual truths in it. The hone ...more
Zara Watkins
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you are wondering what's the fuss about this Hugging Saint then you should read Ram Das' book. He paints a vivid picture of a modern era spiritual journey: from an intense awakening, through ardent (and sometimes confused) seeking, through magical encounters with Amma, and through the day to day life becoming more and more immersed in the philosophy born in the land of India. If you are already a lover of Amma, then you will recognize many of Ram Das' experiences and, of course, his awestruck ...more
Samuel Artman
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was an excellent read for me and came at exactly the right time when I needed it most. My experiences are so much in common with that which is expressed here. It is so refreshing to know that there are other seekers like me who are normal down to earth folks with desires and everyday problems. I was so comforted to know that I'm not some weirdo. That although I am "spiritual" I don't need to be super perfect and squeaky clean. It's good to know there are similar people like me on the p ...more
Tejaswini Jacqueline
Oct 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyed the read and the ride! From confusion to delusion…to confusion…to enlightenment…almost…to confusion again…and up and down...to the highest peaks and finally to the inner core…Ram Das has given us the opportunity to truly be part of his experiences, his quests, and his attainments in his unyielding search for the ‘Divine'. And everything he has learned along the way he so graciously shares with us! Along with this we get to experience the early years of Amma’s US tours and the ...more
Niki
Nov 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Freakin' hilarious! Want a good laugh? Better read this one. I seriously stayed awake late nights reading as much as I could until I fell asleep. This is one of those, with a slightly twisted spiritual bend...at least in the beginning. Any hippies, yuppies, or spiritual seekers who consider themselves a liiiittle farrrr-out, will be able to identify with the author and his heightened experiences. His writing is expressive and detailed and takes the mind where you didn't think it could go! I need ...more
Belinda (devika)
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"Rising in Love - My wild and Crazy Ride the Here and Now - With Amma, the Hugging Saint". The title says it all, certainly a wild and crazy ride for us also to read about Ram Dass amazing journey to the here and now. I, for one, could not put it down as the story of Ram Das unravels we join him on his very bumpy journey along the spiritual path.

Ram Das offers us many insights into the profound spiritual teachings within the context of his life experience. He is an extraordinary stor
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Emma Jane
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
RISING IN LOVE- An inspirational autobiography of faith and devotion. Not only did I ride the crazy and humorous journey of Ram Das’ raw and candid spiritual quest to the “here and now” but I went through my own self-discovery and spiritual evolution whilst reading this book. It triggered my own weaknesses and strengths discovering self-truths and “Self” TRUTHS! It inspired me to rediscover my ever growing faith, love and devotion for our beloved Amma and motivated me to become a better person. ...more
Daniel
Nov 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a fun, crazy and honest journey to the Self 'Rising in Love' was to read. I loved Ram Das Batchelor's descriptive and at times, lovingly self deprecating account of his personal transformation. I could relate to his story in some ways and this book has helped me with my own transformation. Spending a few months recently with Amma, at times I thought I was going mad, but 'Rising in Love' assisted bridging the deep spiritual movement inside with living an ordinary family life with love and de ...more
Terry D
Nov 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Oh my God, I loved this book! I laughed out loud at least 50 times, and had tears in my eyes several times too. It’s so well written, I just couldn’t put it down. If I could I would give it ten stars instead of five. It’s truly contagious with devotion and the author’s amazing faith in God and his Guru. I found it deeply inspiring, and I think anyone with any interest in spirituality will enjoy it and benefit from it, too. Everyone should read this book!

~ Terry D.
Sundari
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A big "WOW"! This is a ride of a book! I thoroughly enjoyed being taken with you along your spiritual journey - with all its highs and lows. Might I add I could relate to some of your earlier life experiences - which made it even more engaging and most definitely funny to see myself through you! This is an honest portrayal of a modern Westerner's serious search for enlightenment with lessons learned along the way. Thank you!
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