It's a great feeling to read a book after you have seen the movie. Especially noticing the liberties that the movie took, and didn't take. So I am now...moreIt's a great feeling to read a book after you have seen the movie. Especially noticing the liberties that the movie took, and didn't take. So I am now on a Ian Fleming journey. Love the reading, crispy, sprinkled with a bit of philosophy and smart quotes, while the world is being saved.(less)
I read Siddhartha, by Herman Hesse, yesterday. It talks about a man who is searching for the purpose of life. The blurb got me interested and I finish...more
I read Siddhartha, by Herman Hesse, yesterday. It talks about a man who is searching for the purpose of life. The blurb got me interested and I finished the small book in about two hours. While it seemed that the protagonist found the purpose of his life, it left me more confused.
After our late-night discussions over an over dose of coffee recently, I saw you moving more towards the abstract, while I have seemed to move more towards the discrete. Maybe it is all about Nirvan – becoming one with the cosmic soul. How people attain it is different.
I read somewhere that there are four types of yog, Raj Yog, Dharma Yog, Bhakti Yog, and Hat Yog. The most commonly known is the Hat Yog (I hate the English rendition – “yoga”) that involves the asanas, amongst other physical exercises. Each of the Yog is a plan to take you to Nirvan. I am not particularly clear about the order, but I guess these were formulated for different people. As I have interpreted it, Hata Yog was for the lowest class (Shudr) of the people, who could not practice the other, apparently higher, forms of Yog. However, I also believe that none of the Yog forms was a better or a lesser form than the other. Each was just a different path towards the same goal.
None of the four forms of Yog are better or worse than the other. You just have to choose one and get towards Nirvan. Each form is as difficult or as easy. The problem, as it seems to me, is not in walking the path, the problem is in choosing the path.
[A note to a friend after I read this book. I wonder how come no one has applied the "life-changing effect" label on this book. It is indeed life-changing, if you choose it, i.e.](less)
[This is not a review, just a few thoughts that crossed my mind after I read this book]
Compulsions guide us, a few of them. A few emotional and a few...more[This is not a review, just a few thoughts that crossed my mind after I read this book]
Compulsions guide us, a few of them. A few emotional and a few that are physical. We then live with them, prosper there, realize the addiction, and yet continue to live the frustration of mere existence. Or we make a break. No break is really easy – what do we look for when making a break from something? Does something called a ‘clean break’ exist in this world?
What is that one thing closest to your heart that you will sacrifice for that one thing that is closest to your heart?
Doesn’t make sense?
Rosshalde, by Herman Hesse, translated by Ralph Manheim. I have the 1970 version (the cover that you don't see) of course, it has changed. Twenty-odd years ago my father bought it for Rs. 8.00. It was 40p in the UK then. That is today’s Indian Rs. 32.00. Don’t expect to buy any book for Indian Rs. 32.00 now.
That’s the essence of numbers; they strive to be bigger, and when they can’t fit in, they form ways to fit in themselves – K for a thousand and M for a million. We just get comfortable with these shortcuts, in life however, there aren’t any shortcuts.
You have to live your life fully. Take all that it has to offer. Be it consumerism, dynamism, or addictive deathly thoughts.(less)