Start 2022 with these life-changing books – ThePrint


Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], Dec. 28 (ANI / NewsView): At some point in our life journey, some of us begin to question the validity of living the way we do.

We become aware of being caught in the cycle of struggle, unhappiness, anxiety and the constant search for one end or another, prompting us to seek a different way of life. For those who want to explore a new way of life, we’ve got five must-read books for you to get a fresh start in the New Year.

J. Krishnamurti’s Book of Life

Born in 1895 in Madanapalle, Andhra Pradesh, Jiddu Krishnamurti was chosen as a world teacher by the Theosophical Society. After being treated for over 15 years, he walked alone saying, “Truth is a land without a path.” For the next five decades until his death in 1986, he lectured, had dialogues with eminent personalities as well as with people from different walks of life. He also wrote in a style all his own.

There are over a hundred of his books and over a thousand videos that explore the human condition. The Book of Life is a great way to familiarize yourself with its teachings, with 365 quotes for each day of the year that highlight life themes that each of us can relate to. Themes such as relationship, insecurity, success, ambition, sex and love. Just the book to start the new year.

Be As You Are – The Teachings of Ramana Maharshi by David Godman

Ramana Maharshi’s story is a rare event. He was 16 when he was suddenly and inexplicably gripped by the fear of death. Instead of seeking freedom from fear, he faced it head-on. His investigation of who was really dying revealed the ultimate truth that who he was, was immortal. He then had a vision to go to Arunachala, the sacred mountain of Thiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu. He lived on and at the foot of the mountain for the rest of his life until his death. People from all over the world have come to rest in his mighty and serene presence and to seek answers to their questions about life.

He taught the path of self-seeking with a simple question: “Who am I?” Be As You Are by David Godman – The Teachings of Ramana Maharshi presents the teachings in a simple and straightforward manner. In fact, David Godman’s introduction to each chapter of the book is as informative as the teachings themselves. If there is one book on Ramana Maharshi that you should read, this is it.

I am that: Interviews with Nisargadatta Maharaj by Maurice Frydman

In the 1970s, in a crowded town of Girgaum, Bombay, standing in a small mezzanine, one of the great masters gave lectures and answered questions from people from all over the world. Nisargadatta Maharaj was a pure advaitin like Ramana and Krishnamurti. He challenged anyone’s prospects in a straightforward and impactful way. His teachings underscored one of the realities: what we essentially are is what permeates everything. He spoke in Marathi and his speeches and answers to questions were translated by Maurice Frydman into English and published under the title I Am That. It’s a classic not to be missed.

Being aware of being aware by Rupert Spira

A potter by profession, Rupert Spira is a living master who teaches the path of non-dualism or advaita in Europe and the United States. He has the rare gift of language which communicates, very simply, a complex non-dual understanding. Her answers to specific questions from people looking for a way out of their suffering and pain are filled with compassion and a depth that immediately heals. Being Aware of Being Aware is a compilation of guided meditations that he has given in retreats and meetings. It is a modern day bait for those who are firmly on the path of introspection.

The Power of the Present by Eckhart Tolle

Eckhart Tolle is a living spiritual master who by his own admission teaches a way which brings together what Krishnamurti and Ramana Maharshi taught. In 1977, at the age of 29, after long bouts of depression, he experienced an awakening and inner transformation that dissolved the separate self created by the mind. From there he counseled and taught the path of a righteous “being” state and the power of the Presence. In 1997, The Power of Now was published and after a recommendation from Oprah Winfrey it became one of the most sought after books on spirituality. For those looking to heal their troubled lives, this book will be a great guide.

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