A very good topic especially since most people are responding with seriousness. I think we can learn from others' expereince here. Will be great if people can give a brief introduction to the books and why they they liked them ....
The gospel of Sri Ramakrishna and teachings of Ramana Maharshi The autobiography of a yogi - I get a new perspective and meaning everytime I read them. May be because they are not so much books but teachings from their lives.
Gospel in fact is a narration of day to day life of Sri Ramakrishna as told by one of his disciples. His account is very vivid and it is like the events are taking place in front of our eyes.
Several of Ramana's disciples wrote of their experiences with him at Tiruvannamalai. Reading their accounts, it feels reassuring to know that such people existed on our planet at one time.
My feelings about books ( Ayn Rand's for example - when I read Fountainhead when I was 17 I thought she was the greatest author in the world, MK Gandhi's experiments with truth) kept changing over time but these books, the more I read them more my understanding of life becomes and how small the issues we think are serious are really are. [ November 11, 2005: Message edited by: vasu maj ]
I have been a "lurker" for quite awhile, I don't know why my first post would be in Meaningless Drivel. Oh well, Not in any particular order:
The Soul Of A New Machine - Tracy Kidder Drifters - James Michener Lord of the Rings The Bible Cadillac Jack - Larry McMurty
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Originally posted by Stuart Ash:
What is the alchemist about??
20 million copies sold worldwide, translated in 42 languages. It is the magical story of an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travle in search of a worldy treasure as extravagant as any ever found. From his home in spain he journeys to the markets of Tangiers and into the Egyptian desert, where a fateful encounter with the alchemist awaits him.
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Originally posted by vasu maj: A very good topic especially since most people are responding with seriousness. I think we can learn from others' expereince here. Will be great if people can give a brief introduction to the books and why they they liked them ....
My feelings about books ( Ayn Rand's for example - when I read Fountainhead when I was 17 I thought she was the greatest author in the world, MK Gandhi's experiments with truth) kept changing over time but these books, the more I read them more my understanding of life becomes and how small the issues we think are serious are really are.
[ November 11, 2005: Message edited by: vasu maj ]
What did you make of Fountainhead?
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Originally posted by Jim Yingst: [Dave Lenton]: If anyone says "The Da Vinci Code" then there's going to be trouble
2 from maps list (Dostojewski + K. Popper), Paul Krugman, Kurt Schwitters, Mario Vargas Llosa: The war of the end of the world, Mehran Habibi, The Sun Certified Java Developer Exam with J2SE 1.4, Albert Camus, Eric Evans, Domain Driven Design, Eugen Kogon, Der SS Staat, Jonathan Spence: The search for modern China (I just started reading german translation in my parents home, but they refused to borrow it me, because I am allegedly reading books in bath tube (which isn't true any more for many years, parents ). Excelent for those interested in history, btw.)
Alchemist - Paulo Coelho. Richard Bach - Illusions and Jonathan Livingston Seagull. The power of now - Eckhart tolle. I am that - Nisargadatta Maharaj. Zen mind, Beginner's mind - Suzuki Roshi. Everyday Zen and Nothing Special,Living Zen - Charlotte Joko Beck. Life of Pi. Catcher in the Rye.
Originally posted by v ray: In no specific order or priority: The power of now - Eckhart tolle.
Big list but just off the top of my head..
I sorta stumbled onto Eckhart recently. I generally tend to stay away from what I think of as 'mumbo jumbo', but Eckhart has an interesting prespective, and a very practical approach to his writings. It's interesting stuff. [ July 31, 2007: Message edited by: Max Habibi ]
Originally posted by Chetan Parekh: One of my friend was praising The Secret a lot. Have anybody read book or watched DVD?
I have not. My understanding, from what i've read and heard about it, is that it's basically a 'power of positive thinking' type book. It says things like "the only thing preventing you from having money is thinking you can't have money. Think 'I deserve money' and 'Money will come to me' and it will happen.".
My problem with this is that if you take this to it's logical conclusion, then the jews brought the Holocaust upon themsevles, black brought slavery upon themselves, and so on. Basically it (to me) seems to be a 'blame the victim' book.
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Originally posted by marc weber:
I take this to mean that learning from all actions is more important than the "success" or "failure" of the actions themselves.
Thanks Marc, when i read it first time I thought the sentence formation was not proper, I even tried copying-pasting it in MS-Word and found no green/red markings, that was the indication that it was all fine. I was expecting a comma or full stop after "him".
I was interpreting it as,
"success and failure" are, for him(for the thinker), (the) answers (to)above all (actions)."
If success and failure makes some meaning, it is only to the thinkers(it is secondary that they are busy in their experiments/actions). They are the only people who would know real meaning and their value. And that the value(of success and failure) is the answer to all the actions/efforts/questions/attempts/experiments put by them(the thinkers).
The Little Prince (all horseshoes in the world) by Antoine de Saint-Exup�ry Vardaan,Pratigya,Nirmala,Gaban by Munshi Premchand The Prophet by Khalil Gibran Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse The Bhagavad Gita commentary by Sri Aurobindo The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky Animal Farm by George Orwell The New Life by Orhan Pamuk Walden by Henry David Thoreau The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka The Naked Ape,The Human Zoo by Desmond Morris
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This is not an exhaustive list of the books I loved, however there must be something that struck me more on these than all the others:
"The Karamazov Brothers" by Dostoievsky "Tropic of Capricorn" by Henry Miller "Don Quijote" by Miguel de Cervantes "The Divine Comedy" by Dante (the Inferno and the Purgatory; I still don't know how I managed to complete the Paradise) "1984" by George Orwell "Brave New World" by Aldus Huxley "Fictions" by Jorge Luis Borges "Les Fleurs du Mal" by Charles Baudelaire "Poet in New York" by Federico Garcia Lorca "Maldoror" by Comte de Lautreamont (really striking) "The Trial" by Franz Kafka "Le Rouge et le Noir" by Stendhal "Voyage au bout de la nuit" by Ferdinand C�line "La Condition Humaine" by Andr� Malraux Parmenide's Poem (this book is amazing: everything is inside this book)
I still have plenty of books in my TODO list, being Homer's "The Illiad" the one I am reserving for when I'll have more time. [ August 07, 2007: Message edited by: Sergio Tridente ]