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Miracle of Love Paperback – December 1, 1995

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"There can be no biography of him. Facts are few, stories many. He seems to have been known by different names in many parts of India, appearing and disappearing through the years. His western devotees of recent years knew him as 'Neem Karoli Baba,' but mostly as 'Maharajii'--a nickname so commonplace in India that one can often hear a tea vendor addressed thus. Just as he said, he was 'Nobody.'

He gave no discourses; the briefest, simplest stories were his teachings. Usually he sat or lay on a wooden bench wrapped in a plaid blanket while a few devotees sat around him. Visitors came and went; they were given food, a few words, a nod, a slap on the head or back, and they were sent away. There was gossip and laughter for he loved to joke. Orders for running the ashram were given, usually in a piercing yell across the compound. Sometimes he sat in silence, absorbed in another world to which we could not follow, but bliss and peace poured down on us. Who he was was no more than the experience of him, the nectar of his presence, the totality of his absence--enveloping us now like his plaid blanket. --Anjani

In 1967 I met Neem Karoli Baby, a meeting which changed the course of my life. In the depth of his compassion, wisdom, humor, power and love I found human possibility never before imagined...an extraordinary integration of spirit and form.

I was with him only briefly for he left his body in 1973, still he entered my heart as living truth, and his presence continues to enrich and guide my life. -- Ram Dass

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Hanuman Foundation; 3 edition (December 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1887474005
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887474009
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ram Dass, one of America's most beloved spiritual figures, has made his mark on the world giving teachings and promoting loving service, harmonious business practices, and conscious care for the dying. His spirit has been a guiding light for four generations, carrying millions along on the journey, helping free them from their bonds as he has worked his way through his own. He makes his home in Maui.

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 16, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is a marvelous collection of anecdotes and teaching stories from the devotees of Neem Karoli Baba, a true "Avadhoot" (one who has "shaken off" the world, to exist as a wandering vessel of God) of the Hindu tradition, but who transcended all traditional spiritual paths. He was impossible to classify or pin down. Maharaji, as he was lovingly called, would simply wander into a village and stay awhile, while people offered fruits and sat at his feet, then he would abruptly disappear into the jungle. He would laugh, scold, hug, talk briefly, or just sit. Miracles occurred often in his presence. Maharaji's only teachings seemed to be love, serve and see God in everything. No one could keep him in one place, not even police or jail cells. When the time came to leave a place, he just left. He was simply an old man in a plaid blanket, full of humor and love, who shone the Light of Eternal Consciousness.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Little Baba on March 13, 2005
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What can I say, when you read the stories of Maharajji, it moves you on the deepest of levels. Grace and love are the messages of this great saint. I cried and and laughed, and am still laughing 7 years later. He is a wonderful teacher, and will play with you if you get to know him. Blessings.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Diane E. King on March 27, 2007
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I thought this book was really interesting. I didn't know a lot about Neem Karoli Baba before I read this - now I wish I was old enough to have traveled to India and met him myself. The book is broken up in individual stories so it's easy to read a little at a time ( a great boon to anyone who is busy!)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ram Giri on May 21, 2007
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Of the greatest spiritual teachers in living memory, Neemkaroli Baba was the essential teacher of unconditional love. This love and the deep devotion it inspired shines through all the short stories of this book, all gems of simplicity, immense kindness and of an abolute mastery of life.

If you want to be inspired by this great soul and connect with your own purity of heart, then this book is for you. Today, as in the past, Maharaji touches many directly in profound and life-changing ways. This book has been a vehicle to allow many people to make this connection.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Thomas L. Palotas on March 15, 2009
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"Miracle of Love" truly is a miraculous book. To read its pages is to experience the presence of Neem Karoli Baba.
My thanks to Baba for his blessings, and my personal thanks to Ram Dass for collecting, writing and editing this treasure. "Miracle of Love" served as an inspiration for writing "Divine Play, the Silent Teaching of Shivabalayogi", as well as "Swamiji's Treasure, the God Realization & Experiences of Shivabalayogi."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Katherine on August 10, 2013
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This book played a major part in my falling in love with my beloved Guru, Neem Karoli Baba. The book is a collection of remembrances by hundreds of Maharaj-ji's devotees. If you are reading this review, perhaps you are being called by Maharaj-ji to be a devotee too. If you are, I promise you, you will never regret it. All of us who love Maharaj-ji are eternally indebted to Ram Dass for this compilation of wonderful stories about our beloved.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Alex Fielding on May 17, 2009
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I purchased this book about 20 years ago and have read every page of this book ever since many, many times. I feel like I know maharaji and he knows me. I feel like he is responsible for little miracles in my life on a regular basis. This book is usually close at hand- I may put it down for a few months, but there it is back again and I am so grateful that maharaji is there to save me, help me, protect me. I traveled to India in 1978 and took sannyas with another guru then and am still connected by heart with that master, but maharaji is something so special anyway. I will typically read from this book 8 or 10 times a week and this is after 20 years! I would like to meet Ram Dass too because I feel like I know him from the book. It has a lot of Ram Dass in it. I would also like to visit the temples in India and feel the vibe of maharaji, that would be so sweet. Hope you get to know him too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By alex in salem on January 22, 2014
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i bought this book at a local alternative book store about 20 years ago and have read it and reread it hundreds of times. it sits on the counter in the bathroom and i pick it up often. i went to india 35 years ago and hooked up with a different guru who i still consider my real master but these stories are really amazing. when i returned to india a year ago i knew i wanted to visit a few of the ashrams mentioned in the book and was very glad i did. one thing i noticed is that there was a particular smell at the ashram in dehli that i also recognized at the ashram in kainchi- just sort of warm, loving and earthy. he passed away almost 50 years ago and it is hard to believe that his presence, in the form of this smell, would still be there today.
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