For over five decades, Ram Dass has ventured across the globe, into the depths of consciousness, and along the path of service to others. With Polishing the Mirror: How to Live from Your Spiritual Heart (on sale August 1, 2013), he gathers together his most essential practice-based guidance for living fully in the here and now.

Readers will find within these pages a rich combination of perennial wisdom, humor, teaching stories, and detailed “nuts-and-bolts” instruction on Ram Dass’ most valued spiritual practices, including:

  • Bhakti Yoga—opening our hearts to universal love
  • Practices for living, aging, dying, and embracing the natural flow of life
  • Karma Yoga—how humility and service profoundly transform us
  • Working with fear and suffering as a path to grace and freedom
  • Step-by-step guidance in devotional chant, mantra and mala practices, and much more

For those both familiar and new to Ram Dass’ teachings, here is this vanguard spiritual explorer’s complete guide for polishing the mirror of the soul, discovering who we are and why we are here, and reflecting fully the light of our true nature.

Hardcover BK03066 / 224 pp / 5 ½” x 8 ¼” / ISBN-13: 978-1-60407-967-8 / ISBN-10: 978-1-60407-967-3 / UPC: 600835-306683 / US $21.95



“This book is a blessing! Simply reading it will open your heart and bring you to mysterious, spacious, loving freedom. Ram Dass is one of the great sages of our time who can make us laugh, cry, and awaken!”—Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart

“Ram Dass reminds us of the truths that are easiest to forget and most central to our lives.  Loving awareness is our true nature. In Polishing the Mirror, we are guided back home to this realization through a delightful weave of vintage stories, wisdom teachings, and the felt transmission of Ram Dass’s own radiant heart.”—Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge

“Ram Dass is a wise man in our time—spiritual pioneer, teacher, and luminary of planetary consciousness. Illumining the path for all of us, RD is the headlight at the forefront of the Dharma movement in the West. This gentle giant has been polishing the mirror of his heart and soul for a very long time, bringing forth the sweet fruits of his labors of love and selfless service for our benefit today and tomorrow. His new book clearly calls us to join together and awaken, to make the infinite journey from the head to the heart, and to adventure to co-create a better world by being loving awareness right now. I simply cannot put down this lovely book.” —Lama Surya Das, author of Awakening the Buddha Within

“This book by our precious friend Ram Dass is a beautiful guide to love and awakening.” —Joan Halifax, Abbot of Upaya Zen Center

“Ram Dass has been the most influential person in my own spiritual development. I treasure his wisdom as well as his spirit. Let his words in this book enter your soul—for my friend Ram Dass is divine love personified.” —Wayne Dyer, author of The Power of Intention


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“There are times when each of us has to bear the unbearable. It may come as physical pain, illness, or emotional suffering of our own, of someone dear to us, or of other sentient beings. Can you respond to suffering without closing down and still keep your heart open? It seems almost instinctive to use your mind to protect your heart, to rationalize the suffering to avoid the pain or discomfort. But then you cut yourself off from true compassion for yourself and others.”

“As you dwell more in loving awareness and see things as they truly are, you begin to expand beyond the boundaries of your separateness. You start to experience the outer world in a new way, so that instead of being in relationship to someone else, you become them. At that moment, the suffering of the universe is inside of you, not outside. True compassion arises out of the plane of consciousness where I am you, where you and I are one.”

“Most of us are enmeshed in the world, and we get lost very easily in the stuff of life. A daily practice is very useful to keep reminding you, to keep pulling you back and waking you up again, giving you a chance to see how you got lost the day before and to keep putting what’s happening to you in the world back into a spiritual perspective.”



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Zumbach the Tailor

When I was growing up, I was to be somebody, because we were all in “somebody” training in those days. So I became special, because my parents and educators wanted me to be, and they trained you how to do that. It’s called “ego structure” – inside, it felt lousy. It felt like I should be happy, but I wasn’t. The weirdness of this paradox is told in this story… Continue Reading:

Individual Differences & Habits of Thought

Watch Ram Dass discuss individual differences & working against a negative core ego concept. Amazing archival footage from the 1970′s:

Transforming Righteousness

Ram Dass talks about the predicament of moving from the role of thinking you’re a person doing good for others to a place where your righteousness dissolves and you can simply relate to another being as a soul:

“I Crochet…”

People awaken through a wider variety of paths than anticipated; there are other ways of knowing things than through the senses and the thinking mind. Clip from a lecture in San Francisco, California, 1989.:

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Part of the process of awakening is the recognition that the realities we thought were absolute are only relative. We have known this since childhood. This audio of Ram Dass was recorded in San Diego, California, 1978 in an outdoor amphitheater on a warm summer night:

Ram Dass One-Pointed Breath Meditation

This meditation is drawn from Theravada (Southern Buddhism) called “Anapana” – just bringing you to right here, and it’s done through the breath. Out of all of our individual differences, what is common to us is we are all breathing in, breathing out:

Meeting Maharaji

The night before I met Maharaji, I went outside to go to the bathroom. Under the star-filled Indian skies, I thought about my mother who died the previous year of cancer of the spleen. As I was thinking about her, I experienced the powerful feeling of her presence. Telling no one, I kept this meaningful experience to myself. The next day, I met Neem Karoli Baba – that experience changed my life forever…










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