“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies . . . The man who never reads lives only one.” – George R.R. Martin
Here are my 3 best books of all time.
Your taste for books changes as you grow. I am not talking about growing old chronologically, but as you grow to become more experienced in life. I certainly believe that you should not grow by following a set of rules laid by society. There is nothing wrong in doing that, but it is more exciting to grow by exploring the universe the way you want to. This may lead to more ups and downs, but it is more rewarding and fulfilling rather than following the known path.
I was very impressed with the books by Ian Rand, John le Carré etc. during my younger days. Then, as I grew, I experienced many new facets of life, and that led to a change in my overall individuality. I was sure there is much more to our existence than what we are believed to be. And these changes were the results of a few books written by out of the box thinkers. I am going to discuss these three books that changed my life forever. And who knows, maybe, it will bring change in your life too. That’s how I compiled my 3 best books of all time.
Warning: Read these books with an open mind. Do not let your religious prejudices deter you from doing the brainstorming sessions with your rigid philosophical ideas. In fact, I am not a religious person, and I am a member of the Facebook group “Religion Free World”. Here we discuss new ideas about spirituality. Remember, These are my best books of all time.
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My First Book in the list of Best Books of all time
Same Soul Many Bodies by Dr Brian Weiss
My first favourite in the list is a life-changing book “Same Soul Many Bodies” by Dr Brian Weiss. I read this book accidentally. Neither anybody recommended it to me nor I had time to read its review as I was running short of time to catch my flight. I liked its title and bought it at the airport without knowing anything about Dr Brian Weiss or his books. It was a 12 hours flight, and That was one flight where I refused alcohol. I completed this 226 pages book during the trip.
What a life-changing book this was! I was under the influence of this book for about one week when the effect started diminishing because of our unhealthy busy lifestyle. But during that week, I was living in bliss as if I have got rid of all my problems. Every moment was full of peaceful joy. That is one reason I have read this book an umpteenth number of times. Whenever I find myself under troubled water with my life going uncontrolled, I read this book.
My first favourite in the list is a life-changing book “Same Soul Many Bodies” by Dr Brian Weiss. I read this book accidentally. Neither anybody recommended it to me nor I had time to read its review as I was running short of time to catch my flight. I liked its title and bought it at the airport without knowing anything about Dr Brian Weiss or his books. It was a 12 hours flight, and That was one flight where I refused alcohol and completed this 226 pages book during the trip.
What a life-changing book this was! I was under the influence of this book for about one week when the effect started diminishing because of our unhealthy busy lifestyle. But for that one week, I was living in bliss as if I am living in a problem-free world. Every moment was full of peaceful joy. That is one reason I have read this book an umpteenth number of times. Whenever I find myself under troubled water with my life going uncontrolled, I read this book.
Dr Brian has cleverly and interestingly described how different incidents and the actions of our past lives shape our present and future. Yes, This book is about the concept of re-incarnation. The author has done mind-boggling research on this subject and has written this book giving so many examples that this boring ( ?? ) topic generates so many curious moments that you are tempted to skip a few paragraphs to know the ultimate result of the incidence.
It is classified as non-fiction, but Dr Weiss’s unique style of writing makes it suitable for fiction as well as non-fiction categories.
Best concept about his idea is that he has not done all this research for curiosity and entertainment only, but he uses his theories for counselling and healing his patients. He has treated many numbers of his patients successfully using this technique. He makes his patients live and feel glimpses of their past lives with his hypnosis techniques. When they are out of his hypnosis sessions, he logically explains the reasons for their ordeals of this life and gives his recommendations about how to handle it.
Science may question his technique, but results show that more research is needed in this topic of reincarnation. Who knows, it may give us more insights about our life and our universe. I am happy that more people in the world today are coming out of their rigid rationality and are ready to be open to new concepts and are daring enough to jump in the realm of unknown territories.
My Second Book in the list of Best Books of all time
Fire in the Heart: A Spiritual Guide for Teens By Deepak Chopra
I have read almost all the best-sellers written by Deepak Chopra. Deepak’s books help you bring balance in life. Incidentally, my favourite book by Deepak Chopra is the one that was not in the best-sellers list like the other famous ones. And that book is “Fire in the Heart: A Spiritual Guide for Teens”. Most probably this book lacks popularity unlike other books by Deepak Chopra, because of its title. He should have thought of a better title. It is quite a strange thing that I read all my 3 favourite books accidentally. I never planned to read them. The book “Fire in the Heart” was lying in a clearance sale box in one of the Whitcoles Stores. I bought it only because I noticed Deepak’s name on it.
The book is about a teenager who is taught spirituality by an old man in the most exciting ways. The book is full of stories, riddles etc. to make the topic super interesting. Start this book and let yourself flow in the words and phrases brilliantly written by Deepak. He literally draws the picture using beautifully crafted words. He has answered the most intricate questions that mankind can ask, in the simplest possible way.
Don’t we often ask ourselves, what happens after death, what is soul etc. etc. Deepak has covered answers from these basic questions to the more worldly ones like, can our wishes come true, who controls the universe, what can we do for the world etc.
You read this book and let your soul be free in a fantasy world which looks more real than the reality.
My Third Book in the list of Best Books of all time
Last but not least, one of my favourites and third in the list of my best books of all time, “Bhagwad Gita”. Bhagwad Gita was written in 400BCE, but there is no clarity about who authored it. It is considered to be a book in itself, but actually, it is a chapter of the long epic Mahabharat. Mahabharat is a real long story involving generations. I will not go into the details of Mahabharat but will tell you only the portion because of which Bhagwad Gita was turned into a book.
War breaks in between the two kingdoms in ancient India. Kings of both these kingdoms named, Pandavas and Kauravas were cousins. Krishna, the human incarnation of God takes part from the Pandava’s side. Kauravas were the representation of dishonesty & aggression, whereas Pandavas were the representation of integrity and righteousness.
The Main warrior from the side of Pandavas, Arjun, turns emotional right before the war. He questions Krishna about the validity of the war. He says, what is the point of this war? Even if I win, it will be at the cost of the lives of my cousins, uncles and other family members.
Krishna explains Arjun, why this war is necessary. He says it is nothing personal for you. The good has to win over evil, and that is how the universe maintains its regulatory order.
Arjun kept on asking question after question, and Krishna replies to each and every question to remove any doubt from Arjun’s mind and heart. Bhagawad Gita is essentially a dialogue between Arjun and Krishna.
Each answer that Krishna gives becomes a cosmic law in itself.
I am too curious about space-time concept, and that is why I love one of the conversations between Arjun and Krishna. When Arjun started asking too many questions with heaps of “ifs” and “buts”, Krishna lost his patience and showed him his non-human personality. He opens his mouth and shows him the present, past and future of all the events on earth at the same time. He, then explains Arjun, actually, the past, present and future are all available on the same plane, but humans go through each stage to learn the purpose of their life that they could not learn in their past lives.
Overall, I found this book very interesting and its philosophy of life is quite logical and robust.
We learn from every book that we read. What is important is being consistent in our habits. I hope this blog post will add value to your reading habit. Let me know if any book that has helped you change your life. Maybe, it may help me as well, change my life. Do not hesitate to leave your comment in the comment box. No spamming, please.