“I have read and re-read this book. While reading, it does give hope and inspiration to person who is seeking answers to the mysterious miseries life offers. Bhante Gunarantana speaks from his experience as a buddhist teacher and has very well described the practice of Vipassana. I have read, practiced read again and practiced what was written. No doubt, the book offers insights on the practice of Vipassana and I will not be boasting if I say it is the most authoritarian text ever read by me on meditation and beyond that only an experienced teacher can lead one to the path of enlightenment. The book preaches how detachment and dispassion can better your life, and I believe that, however the modern life is a mixture of several meanings. We need peace but we also want prosperity, we want harmony but we also want power. Although craving will only bring misery, as the book states and no doubt it is right, but on the other hand, we are humans and we will make mistakes before we learn and make our own meaning, which will considerably take sometime. As I said earlier "authoritarian text", well it says one should practice it and make own meaning for oneself, so it is the most authoritarian unauthoritarian text and it inspires a critical view about ones own self and actions.”
Abhishek M wrote this review Thursday, August 12, 2010.