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Book Review: The Lotus, The Rose, The Lily by Yogie Chandra Tatvaraj

Duality of the mind possesses obstacles when we strive to understand the true meaning of our life. A man is inquisitive by nature – his mind is governed by old beliefs that nudge him to believe in rationality and logic above other aspects of life. But little did he know that in pursuit of logic and rationality he is missing on an enlightened take of life.


Life is worth understanding if one keeps aside their hedonistically formulated juggernauts. One needs to understand that he/she doesn’t exist alone. As quantum physics proved that this universe is shared by alternative forces and energies. Permutation and combination of others sharing our universe is likely possible. On similar notes, the energy and conscience makes our life…not our boosted up ego by experiencing the perceived realities.

‘Know yourself; an unexamined life is not worthy living.’ – Socrates

This book by Yogie highlights a conflict that our mind initiates and contemplates to prove its superiority over spirit and consciousness. The author is of the opinion that nature is not what we see, it’s rather designed in such a way that we can see manifestations of life metaphorically than directly.

To instill a sense of true living, the author presents life’s basic yet vital teachings through the help of nature by considering three flowers: The Lotus, The Rose, The Lily.

It’s great to put that the author took up these flowers for preaching as they are prevalent and seen by all of us. It makes sense that whatever we are going to learn is going to be reminded as and when confronted by these flowers. To begin with is “lotus”. It has special place in Hindu spiritual practices, for one strong reason: it blooms in full capacity leaving below mud. The lotus is like spirit, energy, consciousness that is unfazed and unaffected by worldly reasons. However, muddy mind epitomizes fear, insecurity, humiliation, rejection, ego, and so on.

“The muddy streams of the mind bases its life on victory, defeat, pride, vanity, happiness, sorrow, intelligent, dumb…and is constantly judging the world.”

The above excerpt is a metaphor to the pure essence of lotus that doesn’t see what the muddy stream is up to.

The book while doling out meaningful life lessons and preaching to its readers also accedes to its spiritual nature. The coverage on rose is subtle and interesting, the rose blooms in various shades and colous, giving different meanings to life in different situations. One might get impressed by the utility of yellow flower, while someone find purpose in red rose’s intense love expression and eroticism. However, it’s to be taken care that no matter what rose depicts as per its colour, one cannot have a smooth life. As rose has thorns on it stems and fragrance in its petals, similarly life has to traverse through a specific share of difficulty and pain that is tantamount to thorns of life. After pain follows gain!

The last flower is lily that grows in jungle or at sites where there is no hubris of civilization or construction. It suggests that one can grow in wilderness also, without caring for fruits of attachments.

Life is a beautiful spell if our manifestations are right, light, and positive. A true awakening in life depends on us – you can choose to live life as you want to be – however it mustn’t get grappled by ego bruises of mind. Let it come as free as spirit and energy.

The Lotus, The Rose, The Lily by Yogie Chandran Tatvaraj is easy to read and grasp, provided you spent time with this book. The USP of the book is that it is so beautiful that it introduces you to spirituality in such subtlety that you will not get bogged down by heaviness, drowsiness, or banality. Simple…words…high wisdom!

Buy yourself a copy from Amazon/Kindle.

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