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Deepak Chopra on reincarnation
What was most magical in my childhood was transformation. Death itself was seen as a brief stopping point on an endless soul journey that could turn a peasant into a king and vice versa. With the possibility of infinite lifetimes extending forward and backward, a soul could experience hundreds of heavens and hells.
Death ended nothing; it opened up limitless adventures. A drop of water becomes vapor, which is invisible, yet vapor materializes into billowing clouds, and from clouds rain falls back to earth, forming river torrents and eventually merging into the sea.
Has the drop of water died along the way? No, it undergoes a new expression at each stage. Likewise, the idea that I have a fixed body locked in space and time is a mirage.
Any drop of water inside my body could have been ocean, cloud, river, or spring the day before. I remind myself of this fact when the bonds of daily life squeeze too tight.
The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it. ~James Bryce
Books are rightly said to be the most accessible and wisest of counsellors and the most patient of teachers. To sit alone in the bed snuggled in a warm quilt with a hot cup of coffee by your side and a book spread out in front of you – it is a pleasure beyond comparison.
Books are an inexpensive form of entertainment and also a powerful source of learning, capable of changing your life. Here I have compiled a list of the books which inspired me in 2012 and have enriched my life beyond words:
- 29 Gifts: This autobiographical account by Cami Walker narrates how her life changed by giving away 29 gifts in 29 days. I was so moved by Cami’s story that I immediately signed up for 29 days giving challenge and I have been on a giving journey since then.
- Who will cry when you die : The title itself is powerful enough to set you thinking and question about the purpose of your life. Robin Sharma is at his best in this little book filled with potent life lessons and powerful wisdom. As I was reading the book, I was reminded of Rishi Nityapragya ‘s words ,” Consider your life as a project for attaining Nirvana.”
- The Present: Since my journey into spirituality with Art of Livng, the most powerful life lesson which transformed my life has been “Live in the present.” So simple, yet so profound. This classic parable by Dr Spencer Johnson follows a young man’s search for an elusive gift that holds the promise of work fulfilment, a quest that is complicated by his fears about the future.
- The Leader who had no Title: A must read for all those working in a corporate set-up. The book contains valuable leadership advice from Robin Sharma where he insists that regardless of a person’s standing in an organization and in life, he must live up to his full potential and be the best in the world in whatever he does.
- The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A different approach to success by Deepak Chopra where he gives seven principles to attain personal and professional goals. I particularly liked the way he beautifully describes the ancient principles of Karma and detachment.
- Many Lives, Many Masters: It is a real-life account of Dr. Brian Weiss ‘s life changing discovery of past-life regression during his patient’s therapy. We have a similar process in Art of Living called ‘Eternity Process’ which is a guided meditation that takes you through your previous lives. I have yet to do it but inspired to enrol at the earliest after reading this book.
- The Power of Less: Leo Babauta tells us how to simplify our life by identifying the essential and eliminating the clutter. This book has inspired me to start decluttering my life and focussing on the goals that can change my life for the better. A must read if you are interested in simplifying your life.
- Eat That Frog: A great book for someone like me who is always procrastinating and doing things at the last minute. A powerful quick read which will immensely improve the way you manage your time.
What books inspired you this year? Please leave a comment and share your recommendations.