Jonathan Livingston Seagull: The story of a seagull who flew only for the thrill of flight! The story of a being who craved to be different from others, and suffered for being so! The beginning of a journey in the path of love! This book which is slightly more than a 100 pages, with half of the pages carrying images of sea gulls, nevertheless is an ocean with waves of inspiration to flood one’s being with! I am yet to find a person who woudn’t recognize one self with the sea gull, or grow to admire it! It is a story close to our heart and talks of our struggle. It assures us of an happy ending – something which sometimes, we aren’t so sure of. These are the kind of books that leave a mark on us, an indelible one at that. However small it may be, the mark shall grow – under the right support and environment, only on the longer run to bear the fruit of happiness and contentment.
Illusions: The book above started a journey in the path of love, while Illusions takes us into the realms of self-realization. Unless we understand ourselves, and love ourselves for being what we are, we shall never grow to love others. We need to be our saviors – our Messiahs, in order for us to heal others and more importantly ourselves! It’s all an Illusion! The World is an Illusion! The pains, sufferings, horrors we see, everything is an illusion as also the beauty! So whatz the one thing that is real? It’s the truth! A Truth that never changes! The story of how a barn stormer’s life is changed by his ‘chance’ meeting with a messiah turned barnstormer is what this book is all about. It is tough to understand the essence of the book in a single reading! What more? Read the book over and over again in different contexts, at different junctures of life, and it makes different sense each time! It is the ending of the book that still startles me to this day!
“Argue for your limitations and sure enough, they are yours”!!
“In order to live free and happily, you must sacrifice boredom. It is not always an easy sacrifice”.
“The mark of your ignorance is the depth of your belief in injustice and tragedy. What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly”.
Some of these will not hit right into us in the first reading. And I feel they must not too. I revel in digging into the essence. And both of these books however simple they may sound, are profound in every sense! Get these books if you want a treasure house for a lifetime!