Book Name : Think from heart, Love from mind
Author : Gian Kumar
Publisher : Celestial Books(imprint of Leadstart publishing)
Genre : Non-Fiction(Spirituality)
Number of Pages : 398
Publishing Date : 2015
Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9789352013739
Rating : 4.5
Thinking from the heart, absurd as it may seem, is an experience we all need to go through. Thinking and creating from the heart will only make you unite and embrace with emotion, without any illusions, doubts, analysis, ego or judgment. It is higher than logic or reason and will enunciate the mind to transcend beyond its thought processes. Meaning, if we separate the heart from the mind, or allow one to rule, it is bound to oppose the other, leading to pain and conflict. Imagine how constricted our thoughts would be, if the heart was not there to loosen them and bring flexibility. Mind, on the other hand, is mischievous; it not only wishes to dictate to the heart, but tortures and rules our life. We become lonely in our minds with thoughts of self - I, me and mine. The mind controls when we should be happy or sad; it even orders the heart, how and when to express or suppress our emotions. Both cannot be left on their own, say heart on its own will only fantasize into emotions, hopes and dreams. To counter, and bring them back into oneness or totality, we need to learn the art of being in the awareness of now, through intuition and impulses, beyond thoughts. It is the amalgamation of the two, which leads us back to our source, the oneness in which we are born to live. This book will reveal to you, not only how to love and think, with heart and mind togetherness, but also to go beyond these two into the realm of oneness, awareness and infinity.
What to read
Author explains the five consciousness- Body, Mind, Experiential, Store and Witness consciousness. Author advocates the importance of tantra in achieving the desired result. One should not assort to shortcuts like transcendental meditation, which could be misleading.
He warns that we should not live life by renouncing, suppressing, and controlling. We should gain awareness instead. What kind of awareness, and how attain? You should read the book to know it. Thus we could distinguish between reality and truth. This awareness is the fourth dimension. To attain this one should get rid of duality and if we attain it, we gets moksha. The book takes us through knowledge journey about spontaneity of now, spirituality and sentimentality, and the power of zero.
Unlike the first book, Gian Kumar brings a clear picture of how to apply spirituality to the real life. The reader could relate more with his/her life and think about ‘How can I apply this in my life?’ The chapters are all well crafted without unnecessary lag. Author tries to make sure that he is upto the point and at the same time made sure that the reader is thorough about the ideas he tried to convey, by the time they complete the book. The chapter,which stole my heart is the Power of Zero. I read it several times and liked it more and more each time.
This is book is more an analysis of eastern philosophies. Or I would say, in this book author explicitly says that he is talking the contexts of the same. By eastern philosophy, he is referring to Hindu philosophy even though there are some reference to the ideology of Buddha. I liked this book more than the first one but one should read the first book to have a greater understanding of this book. Author has tried to give a sneak peek into the first book through the first chapter but I would recommend reading the first one before trying to read this. The editing team did a plausible job. Book cover is simple without unnecessary artwork or crowding, which is demanded by the topic handled.
I could not comprehend the relevance of the title in this book but hopefully after reading the third one, I would have a better picture.
“What we call Zero or nothing is the source of everything.”
“If we are raised to the power of zero, shunya, or nothingness, we become one- unity or oneness”
“Absolute truth which is changeless, limitless, and timeless can only be experienced and realized.”
A book which leads us to the route to the awareness and finally to reality.
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About the Author( in his words)
BORN IN BURMA TO A RELIGIOUS HINDU FAMILY, MY LIFE BEGAN AS A PARADOX. I WENT ON TO STUDY IN A BOARDING SCHOOL WHICH OBSERVED STRICT CHRISTIAN PRACTICES. DIAMETRICALLY OPPOSITE WERE THE HINDU TRADITIONS AND CUSTOMS WHICH BECAME THE NORM ONCE I WAS HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS. BEING A THINKER, THE INHERENT CONFUSION AND DOGMAS UNDERLYING RELIGION DROVE ME FURTHER AWAY FROM MY FORMER BELIEFS TOWARDS SPIRITUALITY. I AM GRATEFUL FOR THIS JOURNEY FILLED WITH OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN ABOUT 'WHO AM I, WHAT IS MY PURPOSE IN LIFE AND IS GOD AN ILLUSION' AND HOPE TO IMPART AS MUCH OF MY EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING TO YOU THROUGH MY BOOKS.
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book as a complimentary copy from the Author in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.