- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: Elements Media Initiative, Kozhikode; First Edition edition (2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 8193052501
- ISBN-13: 978-8193052501
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
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- #14889 in Society & Culture (Books)
Body & Earth (First Edition, 2015) Paperback – 2015
Two creative minds converse on issues that are the abiding concerns of humanity with an honesty that is rare and a lucidity that is refreshing. Strikingly, it is laced with the humility of the seeker rather than the finalities of the knowledgeable.
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Each time, I discovered or invented new angles which appealed to me. At one level, I think of it as a work that speaks about our connection with nature. Approached from another angle, it is a deeply political work that invites our attention to various issues through subtle comments. To me the most important dimension I found in the book was about connectivity and relationships – a holistic view based co-existence, an interplay of elements. I view the book as having been constructed around a backbone of body, earth, word, knowledge, consumerism and ultimately, alienation. Alienation in the most complete and destructive sense of the word; not only from surroundings but also from nature and most chillingly, from self.
John and Thomas have not taken the “fire and brimstone” approach, nor are they preaching. They seem to be merely speaking amongst themselves about what they have observed. The beauty and pleasure of reading this book comes from appreciating the artistic, subtle approach.
The late UR Anantamoorthy has written a wonderful foreword to the book. He stresses on the political and daily life connects that the authors imply. The book does not prescribe any course of action for the reader, nor does it project a sense of despair implying a need to go back in time. It is simply an invitation to reflect on how to move forward, an invitation for each one of us to indulge in some deep introspection and assimilation.
These beautiful conversations affirm in a very powerful way, the living links between ourselves, Nature,and the Divine realm. Modern life wraps us in its crazy destructive tentacles, so that we lose sight of the extraordinary world that is our birthright. Everywhere, we see the need to reconnect with Earth and the Mystery that provides our daily sustenance.
The healing that is required - and indeed is taking place in the margins of our communities around the planet, is rooted in ancient and ever-new understandings of the interconnected realities that lie within us and the places to which we belong.This beautiful book opens us to these links, and brings a wellspring of wisdom and spirit that we can dip into for reflection, regeneration and renewal.