My dad gave me “Fountainhead” when I was 16. I read it. Then chucked the book in a dark deep abyss of my mind. I read it again when I was 19. It started making little sense. The fog was clearing but still not much. At 24, I picked up the book again, challenging it to defy me with its objectivism. The veil lifted, but my time had not yet arrived. Though I was deeply influenced by Ayn Rand, I did not really practice what she preached.

Now at the age of 33, I am not a religious person. But I like to believe I am spiritual. The last few months have been a kind of a revelation for me. An awareness, a consciousness which was missing, has been enlivened.

I never read self help or spiritual books. Found them too preachy and boring. I diligently search for stories, adventure, thrill and a never land in the books I read. Perhaps, momentarily trying to live the more sensational life of a protagonist than the prosaic one in which I reside. Books have been my best friend. Always. I find solace and assuagement in them. But I underestimated their teachings. Finding solace is different. Acquiring a whole new zeal to see life, to believe in the impossible is one that I never could imagine any book could offer. Temporarily imagining the heroic acts is one thing and to believe that a hero lies within me is another. Right?

Now, you might be wondering which book stirred in the magic potion to awaken my banal life. Well, I believe there comes a time for everything. Nothing is a coincidence. Everything happens for a purpose. My cognizance to this world which co existed with mine all this time, is for a reason. There is just not one book or one person or one situation to change your path. Everything works in harmony. Everything works at a particular time and pace. You might be introduced to just the right mentor, but you need a second sign from another source, and then a third pull from somewhere else, all ultimately leading you on to the same route.

Well, that’s what happened to me. It isn’t just one thing. There have been books, there have been people and there have been incidents which all transpired with nature to appear at similar timings. The impact has been profound. Never have I fallen into such depths of self introspection, never have I had answers to many, if not most, of Life’s Orphic queries. Never have I felt so peaceful. This spiritual odyssey has uplifted my dwindling spirits and released my trapped soul into the infinite ocean of new beginnings and choices.

One of the many books that I have read lately but with a discerning impact is ’40 Rules of Love’ by Elif Shafak.

The book runs parallel in two different time zones. One in the 21st century where a beautiful love story of an American housewife to a modern Sufi living in Amsterdam, is woven. And the other parallel goes back to the 13th century, where, a scholar called Rumi meets a rebellious dervish called Shams E Tabrizi. And how Shams transforms the scholar into the world renowned poetic saint. An American Jew, a Christian vagabond, an Islamic scholar or a wandering Sufi, their lives intertwined and well written.
Here in this book, Shams emphasizes and reaffirms the need for “love”. 40 rules are laid down by Shams to articulate the infinite magnitude of Love, through Sufism. The language is simple and the flow of the book, quick paced.

Another great read is The Fakir by Ruzbeh N Bharucha. Its a beautiful spiritual journey of a hippie guided by a Fakir.

These books address the simple yet life altering philosophy of Love and compassion towards all. They promote the deep doctrine of “nothingness”. Ultimately we carry nothing from here to the higher realms. So the karma that we do daily, needs to be cocooned with the simple axiom of “The Void”.

Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, also essentially said similar things but in different words and contexts. These books probably teach what we already know. But my moment of spiritual awakening is here. I want to live in harmony and moreover, die in peace. I lace my life with affection, humour and an attitude of what I give is what I am going to get.

And in that spiritual vein –
it’s a much better place to live in already.

Liberated. Exhilarated.

Liberated. Exhilarated.


7 thoughts on “Spirituality

  1. I feel the same way about spirituality books! So many of them out there are so preachy and so boring! I love books that can inspire and entertain so I have found myself more drawn to spiritual fiction books as of late. I have to recommend a fantastic spiritual fiction book by author Jay Allan Luboff entitled, “Harry Pond Looks Homeward: The Spiritual Adventures of an Ohio Farm Boy” (http://harrypondadventures.com/). The book follows Harry Pond, a Vietnam Vet returning home for the first time in three years. Almost as soon as Harry settles in there is something unexplainable and mysterious happening in his hometown. His Uncle Julius has had a personality change and is now keeping company with dark companions. The book soon becomes a battle between good and evil as Harry and his sister Becky try to save the farm from those who want the land for all the wrong reasons. They take on this mission with help from guardian angels, ascended masters, and show the reader that good always prevails It truly is a magical book that weaves messages of spiritual wisdom into it that can help anyone on their spiritual path. Hope you will give it a read

    • Thank you dear Deborah. For a person always on a lookout for interesting reads, this is a treat. I took a sneak peek at the website, and it sure does beckon u. I will try to get my hands on Harry Pond reads. Will surely keep you posted on the influences of your suggested books. Thank you.

  2. Great post!

    I feel bhagvad gita is a great spiritual book, I feel everyone should read it…
    “Everything happens for a purpose”, is so true…

    You can order a free bhagvad gita book at, http://www.gita4free.com/

    Thanks for writing!

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