Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Karma: The Ancient Science of Cause and Effect

From the book blurb
Karma, from the Sanskrit, means "to do." Karma is simply the golden rule: what you give out is what you receive. Jeffrey Armstrong introduces the science of karma, reincarnation and the ways in which cause and effect control our lives. Individuals go through certain processes and accompanying experiences throughout their lives, which they have chosen, and are based on the results of their own creation. Karma is not about retribution, vengeance, punishment or reward; it simply deals with what is brought on by the purposeful action of devas, or divine beings. The "Law of Karma" is central in Hinduism, Ayyavazhi, Sikhism, Buddhism, and Jainism (religions born in Nepal and India). Understanding karma broadens our spiritual wisdom and reveals the profound interconnectedness of all life. Karma is part of the Mandala Wisdom Library.

Jeffrey Armstrong (Dec 1947- ) Born in Detroit and currently living in Vancouver BC. He spend most of his time teaching the Philosophy and Lifestyle of Yoga in Canada, USA, UK, Europe and India. His passion is writing mystical poetry. To know more about him, visit: www.JeffreyArmstrong.com

What I think
The book is about soul, reincarnation and karma. The topic discussed in the book is sensitive and controversial too which is still debated among many.

But the author has delicately handled the issue. He has ensured that nobody’s religious beliefs are questioned. He has used mythology, science and nature to explain the phenomenon.

And what makes this book an interesting read is the fact that the author has explained the same through simple concepts. For example, he explains the concept of body and mind through the theory of hardware and software. Suddenly, it seems easy to relate to what he is saying.

The book is really small with as less as 100 pages. It is tiny, yet full of thought-provoking information. There are some interesting images used at the beginning of each chapter. Further, I also liked the font used; it is really good.
The cover-page looks perfect too and sinks well the topic that is discussed in the book. I also liked the way in which the author has explained how many English words are actually derived from Sanskrit words.

In short, the book is an interesting only because of its simplicity. The narrative is not boring at all; neither is it preachy. It is almost like explaining concepts step by step, one after the other. Then, there is a question-answer section in the book which pretty-much addresses most of the doubts that would arise during the reading session!

This book only tries to give an overview of soul, reincarnation and karma. It doesn’t attempt to give an in-depth understanding on each of them. So this book will be an interesting read to those who want to get some basic details about these topics. If you are someone who have already done enough research, then, you might not find anything new!

Should you read it?
Go for it!
It is a storehouse of knowledge and you will not regret the time spent on the same.


Thank you
Jaico Publications for giving away this book for review

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