Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Book Review: Stillness Speaks

Stillness SpeaksStillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

My mamma would be ashamed of me but I will say it nevertheless: I am done with spirituality.

At 19 years 8 months, it seems incredible that I have tasted spirituality, found bliss in it and now, well,...it doesn't appeal to me any more.
Blame it on Ayn Rand and her Objectivism that I have taken keen fascination to.

I bought this book for my mother and decided to read it before I passed it on to her. A book review in flipkart termed it to be one of the best in the genre and even went on to pronounce those lucky to get their hands on this book to be apparently having good karmic account! I knew at once this was the kind of book Mamma would enjoy and one I might. I ordered it immediately (incidentally, it has not been a month since the time I completed 'For the new intellectual' ) and to my surprise, right from the very first chapter, I knew I was in a territory of criss-crossing loyalties.

Eckhart Tolle
It upholds being in a state of thoughtlessness (expected), acceptance and surrender (expected) etc. and looks down upon the egoists (expected). But the point is, it does so in a manner that u find the word 'witch-doctor' hanging above you all the time. Any objectivist would find it extremely tough to read it from cover to cover. I am not an objectivist yet, though I must admit the only thing that stops me from being one is my belief in the existence of God, and I read this one for discovering if Ayn Rand could be refuted somewhere. Fortunately, I found no such thing. Though I do meditate after an angry outburst or a spell of crying to recover my senses, I don't see myself advocating any of this book's teachings.

I know this is not a very good review, granted this one says nothing of what exactly is the book about, but I can tell you why I made it a point to write it:
All those who have read the essay 'For The New Intellectual' in Ayn Rand's book by the same name must never pick it up. It is sheer torture for the objectivist minded.

As to why I gave it 2 stars and not 1, I can't really say I liked nothing at all in this book for the simple reason that some vestiges of spirituality continue to dominate my being (though I am done with this genre of books).
For those on a spiritual journey, who knows, this might be a good read.

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