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Open-Eyed Meditations: Book Review

Practical Wisdom for Everyday Life

Author: Shubha Vilas

Publisher: Fingerprint! publishing

OPEN-EYED MEDITATIONS Practical Wisdom for Everyday Life

Book Blurb:

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.

My Review:

Open-Eyed Meditations, as the name suggests, is a whole new way of meditating. Conventionally we were told that when we are meditating, we should close our eyes, take a deep breath and sit in a place where nobody disturbs us. But this book takes a whole new approach. In this book, the author helps you understand how you can get the benefits of meditation with your eyes open. He takes examples from Mahabharata and Ramayana in order to help you understand the topics.

The best part of this book is its language. The author has chosen to use the simplest language in order to ensure that the reader can grasp the information that he is providing. It is clear from the writing that the author has done a lot of research on the subject and the way he explains these concepts, after reading the reader would think it is common knowledge.

Also, a point to be noted is that the examples that are given and the points that are dealt with in this book are really close to real life situations that we have all faced at some point or the other. We all want quick and fast solutions to our problems, we all want to know how we can best manage our relationships in the best way possible. This book deals with all this and more. The points that have been picked by the author are so universal that they are bound to strike a chord with anyone who reads it.

The ideas in this book are presented in the form of 64 small chapters, each chapter ends with a small snippet on the conclusions that can be derived from the chapter at the bottom. So, if you do not have the time to read the whole thing (which you totally should), you could glance through these snippets.

Even though, it is a 280-page book, at no point does the book get dull or boring. Instead, because of the style of writing, the easy pace and the ample use of examples from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, the reading is so fast that you could end up wanting to turn pages after each chapter. But, a point to note here is that when you are reading this book, it would be better if you were aware of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, else you might not be able to understand some of the examples. As when giving these examples, the author does not go into details.

There are many who stay away from non-fiction, especially one that deals with topics like spirituality, meditation and things relating to discovering yourself.  as they fear that they would find it too heavy. This is the simplest and the most enjoyable non-fiction book that deals with such complex topics. This book has less to do with spirituality in its traditional role and has more to do with showing you a way of life. This is a book that you need to read if you wish to learn how to deal with your life or if you ever need a pick me up. I rate this book a 4 out of 4.

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