Young Mind Young Body, by Sue Ziang

‘Be aware’- this seems to be the primary message that Sue Ziang gives through her book ‘Young Mind Young Mind’. A well detailed, elaborative work, filled with examples from writer’s own life, along with a simple, freely flowing style, matched with commonsense ideas and logic based on scientific research, this book is a great read. With the kind of ideas presented, for example, mind is a reflection of body, body looks like what mind thinks, mindful living is the key to great, healthy and happy life, this book can become your best companion, which should be read again and again, in order to live a graceful, magnificent life.

Lust and Philo-sophy by Isham Cook

Book Review: Lust and Philosophy by Isham Cook

Lust and Philosophy by Isham Cook is a hypnotic saga of a man’s desperate desire to be with a particular woman, even though she is not the first one in his life. This ‘being with’ is in no way spiritual or platonic. It’s a physical attraction to three ‘B’s- beauty, bust and buttocks’, to the extent that it even becomes an obsession. This is described by the narrator’s likeness of his state of mind to that of the situation in Shakespeare’s ‘King Lear’. It is as violent and mutilating as Lavinia’s rape and cutting of her tongue thereafter, or mother getting ready to eat flesh off her dead sons’ bodies. it is also cross cultural, as the story is set in China with an American protagonist in search of his Chinese love interest. And, there is not one love interest!

As is evident, there is a lot of reference to tradition, including religious, and a lot of questioning. Things are seen in a different light. Everything physical has a reference into the past, and ultimately, they merge into philosophy. The images of Madonna and the child, the description of the Anunciation, all are a representation of sexuality, and the argument is impressive. In fact, Simone Martini’s ‘Annunciation’ (1333) is even said to be hinting at Mary’s rape! (She is no where Mother Mary, or the ghost is the ‘Holy Ghost’.) There are references to other great philosophical works to, including Louis Althusser’s ‘Lenin and Philosophy’ and Jean Baudrillard.

Style wise, this book is rich with detail, drama and a lucid description. Juxtapositions, contradictions and satire is common. There are surprises.  On the other hand, it is also a psychological adventure. It is a good read for those who seek to have deeper understanding of the relationship a man’s mind has with women and their bodies, which the narrator measures on the scale of nine and ten; ten being the perfect.

… Sahar Raman Deep (10/15/16)

Autobiography of a Yogi (Self-Realization Fellowship) 

This book is for all those who are seeking a spiritual ideal for their practice. The writer, a monk from India, tells about his journey to spirituality, his mystic experiences and the great yogis he meets on the way. What he talks about is unbelievable to the millennial ear, but those who meditate and practice will definitely relate to what he says.
A must read for all spiritual seekers.