Author: Shubha Vilas
Paperback: 280 Pages
Publisher: Fingerprint! Publishing (August 1st 2016)
About The Book:
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.
About The Author:
This is the first non-fiction I decided to read and review in the self-help category. The name in itself brings up the curiosity to pick up and read. All our lives, we hear about meditation and usually associate it with sitting with our eyes closed in some peaceful place. So, I picked up this book only to be amazed by the simplicity of the thoughts and how unnecessarily we burden our mind with overthinking. Reading through this book helped me analyze my thoughts.
When after a stressful day, you pick up this book to read, it has the same affect on your soul which coffee has on your mind. It awakens it. It is not a book that merely teaches you life lessons in the ways you find difficult to inculcate in real life. Rather, it picks up the examples from the stories of our very own Epics i.e. Ramayana and Mahabharata to explain the depth of the topic. But this is not it. It even goes to list out real life examples which we are bound to have experienced and therefore can very easily related. What’s more? You can read it again and again; and it makes more sense everytime you read it.
Since there’s no storyline to follow, you can pick up from wherever you want and whatever you feel like reading, given at the moment. It definitely feeds your soul with positivity when you are feel low and brings you back to the Earth if you feel like flying. Written in a very simple language, it does not shower the read with big words of the vocabulary. It is one of those books that you might finish reading but will always stay with you. It subtly changes your thought process if you let it.
Bottom line: A book that changes your perception.
And now I’ll leave you with a few lines from the book…
“Time is a good Baker. But you have to be patient while the cake is baking.”
“The tortoise shell protects as long as the shell is above it..”
“A drop of ink on a blotting paper spreads and pervades the paper…”