One of the challenges of living with cancer, is to master ‘uncertainity’ and to find a ‘purpose of life’. In this context the following book is valuable. Using a very innovative approach of themes as the approach to present the BhagavadGita, authors provide the reader a way to find purpose of life.
I have found it of great value .
The Gita Way: Secret recipe to achieve the purpose of life
by Shweta Chandra (Author), Santosh Srivastava (Author), GP Editors (Editor)
‘The Gita Way’ is an irreligious take on the tenets of the Bhagavad Gita. Without delving into either mythological or God-centric discourse, the book attempts to understand and explain various insights from the Gita through, in the author’s words, derived theory and application. ‘The Gita Way’ attempts to shed light on matters of self-realisation, and identifying and following the path to achieve the purpose of life.
Within the framework of Vedic philosophy represented by Gita, this book explores:
• How to discover the swa-bhava, the inherent natural strength of our real-self?
• Is my profession aligned with my swa-bhava? What is my purpose of life?
• What is the real meaning of moksha, the liberation? How the realization of individual purpose leads us to attain supreme purpose we are born to achieve.
• How yoga of knowledge, karma and devotion is applied to realise self, stay on the path of the goal and attain the real purpose?
Unlike other books on Bhagavad Gita, ‘The Gita Way’ is not a chapter wise discourse. Instead it presents deduced concepts in first place supported with relevant reference from the whole Gita. For example, in the first chapter of this book, you may get a reference of last chapter of Gita relevant to the topic of discussion.
Few thought provoking quotes from the book:
“Whether we are believers or non-believers, one thing is evident: that we exist. There is no disparity in the intensity of our existence, no matter who we are. I exist, and the significance of my existence is second to none.”
“Lack of knowledge is ignorance which creates fear.”
“All of us have one thing common in our respective goals: to reach the peak in whatever profession we choose. The difference is in the clarity of the goal, whether it is known or yet to be known, whether it is in dreams or in action.”
“Even a failure can point you in the right direction to re-approach your goal, but this is possible only if you accept failure with a stable mind.”
“The consciousness of self, with self-respect, drives a larger purpose. The consciousness of self, with an inflated ego, creates an illusion in the purpose of life.”
“Wealth is the reward of having achieved a goal; it is not the goal in itself. Even if we follow the path that is travelled by the person who has acquired wealth, we end up following his goals rather than our own.”
“The state of indecisiveness comes when our knowledge and intellect fail to differentiate between two choices.”
“There is no limit to knowledge. If we have a real quest, the whole universe is too small to explore in a lifetime. The yoga of knowledge is making knowledge work for us.”
“Each one of us has something unique in us. All we need is to identify that.”
“Joy comes from small things on the path to achieving the big purpose. This could be in the form of an accomplishment, an idea, love, a relationship, or even professional success.”
About the Authors
Shweta Chandra, 34, a post graduate in organic chemistry, is a self-employed consultant. After working with Birla Shloka Edutech, she left the promising career in corporate world to prioritise family goals. With an inclination to learn human behaviour, she call it human science, she discovered writing on it as her full time hobby. Besides writing she is a passionate cook and a travel buff who loves travelling to places known for its heritage and cuisine.
Santosh Srivastava, 38, an MBA from S P Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai, is a marketing professional, currently heading marketing services in H & R Johnson (India) based out of Mumbai. He found himself fascinated about science of spirituality from early childhood. Along with maintaining consistent focus on professional priorities, he actively writes on various topics ranging from management to spiritualism through his blog http://www.santoshsrivastava.com. Besides writing, he enjoys playing chess and cricket.