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Book Review: The Journey Inward by Sumiti Kapoor

The path of true spirituality goes through self discovery. Without knowing the powers of ‘Self’ like self-belief, self-awareness, and self-discovery – one cannot achieve good results in spiritual journey. Knowing yourself is the foremost task before we acclimatize with non-duality of Brahman and get aligned with the purpose of pure consciousness. Sumiti Kapoor’s spiritual book is ignited by her own experiences in life. She is neither a Himalayan hermit nor religious preacher; she has escalated the meaning of spirituality to some other state which most of us can connect to with our life’s vicissitudes.

As the book starts, she introduces her family background and what was life in a middle-class family with financial constraints in Delhi. She had has an emotional bond with her father. He would always say: we are much greater than who we think are. This inspired Sumiti to look beyond the common vistas in life.

Unlike other spiritual stuff, the book is contemporary and modern with its lessons. It bursts quite a number of myths related to spirituality. It puts focus on the value of self and our inner powers like cogitation, self-worth, and self-realization. The connection within is deeper of the soul than with the external forces. One by one, the book brings into light many aspects that can change one’s life and set them on a path of true spirituality over deep chores of religious rituals.

The book’s USP is differentiating between what is true spirituality and what is being feigned across the world by people, teachers of religions, and spiritual gurus. If you ever want to understand the higher powers that guide our life, this book is a must read.

After a few chapters of basic introduction, the book gets going with its unique narrative brilliance. It brings to the table by comparing dual aspects of spirituality. For instance, it lays difference between acceptance and surrender. While the former is unconditional, arising due to worldly mess, and the later one is deliberate by keeping faith on God and giving up all things of hedonism. You may like the author’s take on eating habits, she is of the opinion that it has nothing to do with spirituality – which is covered in the chapter Beliefs about Spirituality.

Love is the highest of all emotions, and fear is the bottom of all emotions. Teachings like this will make up your mind and you will perfectly fell with the alignment of the book. Sumiti has a good sense of self-awareness, the way she clarifies doubts for spiritual seekers is commendable. The book is full of take-aways, better you read it slowly and keep it handy whenever you feel dejected in life. She writes with a lovely panache of simplicity. Her ability to put quotes and references from her and others lives is something that adorns the book with absolute credibility. Go for it, a light spiritual book. Highly recommended!

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