This is a fiction book based on adventure and spiritual journey through wilderness. All the photographs included into book have taken by Its writer.
Format: Kindle eBook/Paperback
- Kindle eBook: 49 INR/$0.99
- Paperback: 160 INR/$4.20
My Ratings: 3/5
A fictional philosophical about finding one’s purpose in life, this book makes for a light yet meaningful read.
Self-growth and discovery is a lifelong process and journey.
What I liked about the book:
–>The gorgeous cover. I love the fall season and the cover depicts the season beautifully. Not to mention it goes perfectly with the story.
–>The description of the places where the protagonist travels to, especially Joytimaya Village.
–> The photographs inserted in between the story serving the purpose of giving the readers a visual idea about the place being talked about in the prose.
–>The many deep life lessons and philosophies taught by various characters in the book.
–> Philosophy and nature both are nicely embedded in the narrative.
–> The switch of the protagonist from a monk to a nature lover, to a trekker and most importantly that of someone seeking for and then gaining knowledge.
–> How each character plays a role in making the protagonist reach closer to his goal.
–> The bit about the protagonist’s ancestry and past life.
–> The insightful title of the book and its analogy with the story.
–> How the story ends making us realize that the quest for knowledge and the journey of self growth is a lifelong one.
What I did not like about the book:
–> The narrative is inconsistent and confusing most of the time.
–> There are quite a few typos and grammatical errors to simply overlook or ignore.
—> “Forget the former things. See, I am doing the new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the waste land.”
—> Being a monk is very difficult. We must expel every fraction of attachment from our mind. On this path when we become a practitioner of the mind’s realization then we can’t fall back and if we do so, then we won’t be able to understand our Guru’s knowledge which he will reveal to us.
—> But in towns, people’s money life is much easier. They have enough time to think about philosophy and the rituals of religion.
—> “He was despised and rejected by mankind as a man of suffering and a familiarity with pain.”
—> These on-foot travels were good sources to find the happiness of the people in the laps of nature. In my region, the modern age was going on at its peak but this region was spared the glare of modernity. The big difference is that the people of the other area started to try to be possessed over nature but here the people always depend on nature for their basic needs. They are born, live and end in the laps of nature.
—> “Forget the former things, do not fear.”
—> There was ignorance which dragged us on the path of suffering, sorrow will end and joy comes just as darkness disappears when the light comes.
—> “A candle is lit in a dark room but is covered with a bucket. The candle can’t reveal its light until we don’t pick the bucket from it, we must pick the bucket of ignorance from the light of mind.”
—> “The reason of your wandering is that you want to search for peace in the outer world and philosophers’ books. You should search your mind, accept your realities, satisfaction and happiness arise when you listen to your inner self.”
—> “The way of philosophy is confusion only and excess of knowledge is a foolishness.” So, you shouldn’t travel on the paths of philosophy of knowledge instead you should go on the ways of experience. Then you will receive true wisdom.
—> We can’t walk fluently with a heavy load on the head.
—> Mental and bodily burden deteriorates our peace and it imbalances our steps.
—> “Do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, not about your body, what you will put on. Is life more than food and body, more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, they neither sow nor reap, and yet your heavenly father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life.”
—> In the search of a better life we often change our perception but we should change our spiritual sense. This is really the newness of spirit. For the newness in life we should forget the burden of our past.
—> The real meaning of life was above all the wandering and lust, life was for enjoying not worrying.
—> Do birds trees and flowers also have a name?” He replied, “I am not sure but every creation of nature has its own identity.” God sent us all with a different identity and our name was our worldly reorganization, we were always struggling to give a high and the richest designation to our name. In this racing game we forget our real identity given by nature. Our natural traits and possibilities are ended in this racing game.
—> “God created us in his own form. So, we have some more power and mental strength. We are not under the commandment of God, instead: we want to govern nature.”
—> Except humans all other species live for livelihood and protect themselves. Our basic needs are protected but it doesn’t mean that we are struggle free, instead we live for the lust of more and more possessions. We are not living in a satisfactory state but always under the rarity of satisfaction.
—> Although we both were on the same journey but the meaning of this journey was different for him and me.
—> In most of years of my life I had kept on wandering but a very few times hope had shone in my heart.
—> I have learnt that we can’t flee from the thirst of wishes in life.
—> The good quality of life is based on our vision as to how we look at things.
—> My inner soul had an abundance of wisdom so I shouldn’t follow worldly knowledge. For the Spiritual quest I must search through my inner self.
—> The journey in search of life must continue because the falling leaf’s season can’t cease the spring.
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