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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Book Review : Open-Eyed Meditations

Open-Eyed Meditations

Author: Shubha Vilas

Publisher: Fingerprint! Belief Publishing

Pages: 280; Price: Rs 250

The summary of the book says;
“Open-eyed Meditations is a beautiful compilation of thoughts wherein
each meditation takes you on a journey to the past, bringing a secret
herb to heal a problem of the present.
A true distillation of ancient wisdom tips for modern lives, this
unique self-help book uses the wisdom of the Ramayana and the
Mahabharata to solve your everyday problems.
Beyond the storyline, something deeper is waiting to be discovered
from these ancient texts. This book is an attempt to uncover
the hidden layer of wealth that is cleverly packaged within the
commonly known storylines.”

When I received the book, I looked at the lovely cover and the little message inked on the first page of the book. I personally feel that this little gesture on the author’s part was really touching. The title says meditation while your eyes are open. It is quite true. The moment you open the book and look through the index, you will be pleasantly surprised to see little chapters are bundled together to form this book. The chapter titles in themselves are so interesting. I have read two books from this author already and I enjoy how he gives us examples from the ancient texts of the Ramayana and Mahabharata. The author has truly put his teaching and wisdom in the book.

The word meditating means “focus one's mind for a period of time, in silence or with the aid of chanting, for religious or spiritual purposes or as a method of relaxation.” One wonders that how can that be done with the eyes open. When you read the book you will know exactly how it is done.

We face lots of challenges in our life and we are left with question marks. It is said that one can solve the problems of other person’s life but when it comes to their own life, it becomes tricky as well as difficult. But fear not because when you get your hands on this book, it will act as your guide to difficult times. The words which you read in each chapter will make sense with the situations and challenges you face.

The writer has an inspirational writing style. The way he puts up the pieces of his work together is very reader friendly and easy to understand. The most useful and handy part of the book is that whenever you read the whole chapter, you will know the gist of it when you read the summary at the end. The summary makes it easy to interpret the whole chapter.

It delves into all the topics of life, right from relationships, workplace, talent, decisions, transformation, envy and a lot of other spheres. All of it cannot really be summed up in one line which you will know when you read this book.

I felt really relieved after leafing through every page and felt like a burden was lifted off one by one. I recommend that everybody who is having crisis in their life or facing some kind of sadness should definitely read this book. And otherwise as well you should give it a chance, you will not be disappointed. 

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