Know Thy Self
The book is about the reality of life. Most of us strive for vertical growth and go on climbing the ladder, unmindful of which wall it is leaning against! We do not understand the old saying: “Going up is coming down.” We do not understand the richness of horizontal growth. This book, which contains 58 chapters, is all about the realities of life-simple truths. People search success outside; success lies within. The internal clarity provides solutions to external problems. Yet we look externally to find solutions. We go on running. Why? Because everyone is running! Today most of us are no different from Kabir’s musk deer. Without knowing the right direction, we are speeding up in a mad rush chasing the shadow and stampeding others senselessly. Like the stupid musk deer, we are running through the endless maze of glamour and physical lures.
This worldly life is a journey, not the destination! We have a physical self. We have an intellectual or quantum self. In this backdrop, the writer says: “We also have an emotional self. And, above all, we have a physical life, quantum life, an emotional life and, above all, we live a spiritual life. Whereas our physical self comes from earth, our intellectual or quantum self comes from the central intelligence—the ‘knowledge pool’ created by God exclusively for mankind.” Our emotional itself is made of our feelings and emotions, which dwell in the heart. Our spiritual self is semblance of the breath of God. Our soul is not confined to space and time. It is immortal. It is the only immortal part of our existence.
One should remember, God has not made this world perfect. In the perfect world, you must get what you want. In this imperfect world, your wants are not the horses on which you could ride. You get what you want. You also get what you do not want had God left the choice with the human beings none, but paranoids would have chosen the pains; everyone else would have chosen only pleasures. Why we take birth for? In one chapter, the writer explains: “We are born to take the biggest test of life—how we take and respond to various experiences, good and bad, happy and painful. Life is the test to face different situations. The situations would not change, and they cannot be changed. Yet most of the times we struggle to change the situation. What is destined for you shall happen. Then, should we not make an efforts? Did I say so? No, that is not the answer.
The writer has decided not to quote any religious scripture. It is quite difficult for him to write the spiritual part of this book without referring to religious scriptures, so he has done his best to maintain its secular format, for he knows, this book is not for the segment of mankind, but it is for the entire mankind. The writer gives a precious suggestion that this book is written on a ‘non-linear’ format. It hardly matters from which page you make the beginning, and where you end. Reading this book in one sitting will do zero good. So, read a few chapters, close the book, ponder upon, open it, and then read again. This book is not the result of an arduous exercise of writing; what life whispered to the writer in silence, he gives it a pattern of language.
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By Ashok Kumar