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The Book of Revelations: Gabriela Heldova

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Everyone has read one: a life-changing book.

A book so profound, so full of information, so touching to you at a particular moment in time that it has altered your life for the better forever. A book that gave you hope when you had none, or gave words to feelings you couldn’t express, or made you realize there was a whole unexplored side to you. A Book of Revelations, as it were.

Do You Read Me? reader Gabriela Heldova explains why A New Earth by Echkart Tolle is her life-changing book – the very first book where she could agree with everything written in it.

A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle really significantly touched my heart and helped me in more deeply understanding our reality, who we are, and our awakening. I found in this book very deep wisdom and a clarity in explanation about crucial aspects: our ego, our identification with the ego and its identifications with forms, breaking free of the ego, the present moment, finding our true nature, who we truly are, and awakening to our inner purpose. Eckhart Tolle’s words are very comprehensible and clear; simple but strong in meaning and depth.

I always have many questions, doubts and disagreements about every book I read, but this is the very first book where I agree with everything written.

This book helped me recognize moments when I identify with my ego and by recognizing it ‘the game is over’ ;) . It helped me to understand the present moment and to try to live in it and live my inner purpose.

It is difficult to put in a few sentences the whole abundance of the wisdom and the urgent importance of the message in this book. Therefore I wish that all people would read this A New Earth and then to implement the wisdom in it in their lives.

From the book: “Joy is the dynamic aspect of Being. Joy does not come from what you do, it flows into what you do and thus into this world from deep within you… Nothing is going to make us free because only the present moment can make us free. That realization is the awakening.”

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The Book of Revelations: Jaya Rai

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Everyone has read one: a life-changing book.

A book so profound, so full of information, so touching to you at a particular moment in time that it has altered your life for the better forever. A book that gave you hope when you had none, or gave words to feelings you couldn’t express, or made you realize there was a whole unexplored side to you. A Book of Revelations, as it were.

Do You Read Me? contributor Jaya Rai explains why Be As You Are: The Teachings of Sri Raman Maharshi proved to be the turning point in a life-long and still ongoing spiritual search.

I believe books are a way through which the Divine answers your questions, gives you direction, or just gives you matter to mull over and evolve your thinking. And you will get to or receive a book only when you are ready for it no matter if it has been lying around the house for years or you run your eyes over it every time you go to the bookshop.

A life-changing book for me is one which gives you a paradigm shift in your previously held thoughts.

For a long time I have tried to decode the relationship between God and Humans and the basic concept of God itself. From religious fervour, to rebellion and angst during teenage years, to cynicism during college years and other hues represent my thoughts toward the concept of God. At a time when I was at the grave end, ready to bury all questions and give in to blankness, I came across the following book: Be as you are: The Teachings of Ramana Maharshi, edited by David Godman.

I had read writings on spiritual matters from here and there and never had an opportunity to be in the presence of a realised personality (most of them seem to have departed before I came into the world). The most you could know about them was from the literature written by them or on them. Some were too erudite for a layman to understand and some too banal.

After going through this book on the teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi, the clouds of mist were lifted and I became focused on one thought, that to know the Divine or God, or what have you, we have to know ourselves and go within. God cannot be found in books and through written words, you can only experience the divine through pondering on the soul within you; as the Maharishi said, ask ‘who am I’?

My fundamental belief was founded that God is within me and in every being and only we can expose him through silent meditation on the self. My spiritual quest continues from this principle onwards.

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The Book of Revelations

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Everyone has read one: a life-changing book.

A book so profound, so full of information, so touching to you at a particular moment in time that it has altered your life for the better forever.  A book that gave you hope when you had none, or gave words to feelings you couldn’t express, or made you realize there was a whole unexplored side to you.  A Book of Revelations, as it were.

Do You Read Me? would love to hear about the books that made a fundamental difference to you.  You can send in a short text, or else make a short film, much like the ones on whyilovethisbook.com, and send it to blog@abc.nl. In return, we will give you a book voucher for your efforts.

To start you off, the blogmistresses will tell you all about their Books of Revelations:

Hayley: Loving What Is: The Four Questions That Can Change Your Life by Byron Katie

Lots of books have influenced me. Eric Carle and L.M. Montgomery made me love books. Margaret Atwood made me love really good books.

I’m not the sort of person who consults a self-help book at every turn in my life. I’ve read a few, selectively, when I needed them. I stumbled across Byron Katie by accident at a time when all my assumptions and beliefs were being turned upside down and it felt marvelously serendipitous. I saw a video of Byron working through her four questions with an audience member at one of her appearances and was struck by how warm and genuine she was – not at all what I would have expected from a celebrated self-help guru. I liked her. I was in awe of  how she used such simple questions to turn destructive thought patterns around. The audience member was amazed at how easy it was to think in a different way. Watching her realize that,  right there in front of me, so was I.

This book challenged and changed almost every idea I’d had about myself and how I should be in the world.  It was powerful enough to allow me to ditch most of the strange beliefs that I had accrued in the religious sect and damaged family I was raised in.  It gave me a huge amount of peace. I’ve been a happier, freer, more confident, less chaotic person since. This really was my book of revelations.

Sophie: The Madwoman in the Attic by Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar

For me, it wasn’t even the entire book.  The introduction was enough.  I was taking a Literary Criticism course at college, where the professor was one of those men that grew dust and I was the only girl in the entire class.  We had to read Roland Barthes, and more of his ilk.  And then we had to read the introduction to The Madwoman in the Attic, which the professor shrugged off as being grossly outdated, but as it had made a stir way back when…  It transformed me.

Their assertion that women in classical literature had always been presented as either a saint or a whore was so TRUE!  Think of The Odyssey – who sits at home for twenty years, beating off the suitors, and who is a goddess’s toyboy for ten years?  Exactly.  And where were all the female writers between Homer and Jane Austen?  Hiding behind male aliases, in some cases, but generally just written out of the history books, by men. It made my blood boil when I realized that men had all these heroes to follow, and women had no better female character to look up to than a very dead Juliet or a woman with snakes for hair.

Gilbert and Gubar dissect some classic works of literature by women in the nineteenth century in the rest of the book, showing how they attempted to create a new voice out of the very male literary structures of the times. How grateful am I that these past 200+ years women have taken up the pen and written, and written, and keep writing still!  And that men have answered the call and write about realistic women!  I can show my daughter some great books with great female heroines (The Owl Killers by Karen Maitland, for a recent example), and also great female villains (His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman), as well as all those brave men that are still around, so she can learn what to do, or what not to do, and choose her own heroes to follow when she inevitably faces difficulties in her own life.

The Madwoman in the Attic has helped me see the fine line between growing up with the classics and being dominated by them, and that carving your own path – creating your own classic – is always possible and must be attempted, even if you don’t live to see the fruits of your labor – your children, and their children, will.  It has also shown me that reading is a powerful and highly subtle force in shaping anyone’s opinions, and you must ask questions at all times in order to not fall for the general hype (follow the hype, by all means, as long as you’ve looked around and seen nothing better!).

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