Polishing the Mirror: How to Live from Your Spiritual Heart

Polishing the Mirror: How to Live from Your Spiritual Heart


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Sometimes illumination occurs spontaneously or, as Ram Dass experienced, in a heart-wrenching moment of opening. More commonly, it happens when we polish the mirror of the heart with daily practice—and see beyond the illusion of our transient thoughts and emotions to the vast and luminous landscape of our true nature.

For five decades, Ram Dass has explored the depths of consciousness and love and brought them to life as service to others. With Polishing the Mirror, he gathers together his essential teachings for living in the eternal present, here and now.

Readers will find within these pages a rich combination of perennial wisdom, humor, teaching stories, and detailed guidance on Ram Dass' own spiritual practices, including:

Bhakti Yoga—opening our hearts to unconditional love

• Practices for living, aging, dying, and embracing the natural flow of life

• Karma Yoga—how selfless service can profoundly transform us

• Working with fear and suffering as a path to grace and freedom

• Step-by-step guidance in devotional chant, meditation and mantra practice, and much more

For those new to Ram Dass' teachings, and for those to whom they are old friends, here is this vanguard spiritual explorer's complete guide to discovering who we are and why we are here, and how to become beacons of unconditional love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781622033805
Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/01/2014
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 158,847
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Ram Dass

Ram Dass first went to India in 1967. He was still Dr. Richard Alpert, an already eminent Harvard psychologist and psychedelic pioneer with Dr.Timothy Leary. He continued his psychedelic research until that fateful Eastern trip in 1967, when he traveled to India. In India, he met his guru, Neem Karoli Baba, affectionately known as Maharaj-ji. Maharaj-ji gave Ram Dass his name, which means "servant of God." Everything changed then—his intense dharmic life started, and he became a pivotal influence on a culture that has reverberated with the words "Be Here Now" ever since.

Be Here Now, Ram Dass’s monumentally influential and seminal work, still stands as the highly readable centerpiece of Western articulation of Eastern philosophy, and how to live joyously 100 percent of the time in the present, luminous or mundane. Be Here Now continues to be the instruction manual of choice for generations of spiritual seekers. Forty years later, it’s still part of the timeless present. Being here now is still being here now. Ram Dass now resides on Maui, where he shares satsang, kirtan, and where he can amplify the healing process in the air and waters of Hawaii. His work continues to be a path of teaching and inspiration to so many. Ram Dass’s spirit has been a guiding light for three generations, carrying along millions on the journey, helping free them from their bonds as he has worked his way through his own.

Table of Contents

Fast Foreword Rameshwar Das xi

Introduction Being Here Now xvii

Practice Makes Perfect

The Road Home

The Guru, Remover of Darkness

Nowhere to Go

Simple Truth

Chapter 1 Polishing the Mirror 1

Mind Fields

You Can't Know It; You Can Only Be It

Beyond Thought

Lose Your Mind to Gain Your Soul

Enlightening Up

Watching the Watcher

Breathing In, Breathing Out

A Guided Visual Meditation

Chapter 2 Bhakti Yoga, The Path of Devotion 13

How Do I Love Thee?

Love Ls a State of Being

Guru Kripa (The Guru's Grace)

Divine Relationships


The Feeling of Devotion

Hanuman, Devoted Servant of Ram

Chapter 3 Karma Yoga, Living in the World 31

Your Karma is Your Dharma

Witnessing Your Own Mellow Drama

It's All in the Family

Relationships and Emotions

Truth Will Set You Free

Working With Your Emotions

I'd Rather Be Than Be Right

Faith, No Fear-No Faith

Fear Spiritual Family and Friends

Chapter 4 Aging and Changing 61

Cultural Attitudes on Aging

Dealing with Change

Aging Gracefully

Free to Be

Letting Go…

Again Being with What Is

Chapter 5 Conscious Living, Conscious Dying 77

Dealing with Fear

Dealing with Pain

What Dies?

Being with Someone Dying

Conscious Dying


Death Ls a Reminder to Live Life Fully

Chapter 6 From Suffering to Grace 97

Why Ls There Suffering?

The Way of Grace

Changing Your Point of View

Is It Suffering or Is It Grace?


It's All Perfect

Giving Caring

Taking Care of Dad

Seeing Beyond Suffering

How Can We Help?


Chapter 7 Content to Be 111

Beach Day

Getting Hip

Roles to Souls

Just a Moment, Please!

All You Need Is…

Meditation: I Am Loving Awareness

Being Love Now

The Wheel of Illusion

Chapter 8 Practicing Practicing 127

Making a Sacred Space

Morning Practice

The Daily Now



Blessing Food




Words from Realized Beings

Listening to Your Self

Notes 151

Acknowledgments 157

About the Author and Coauthor 159

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I just finished and I can't wait to read it again. I always find Ram Dass right when I need him most.
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