- Paperback: 166 pages
- Publisher: Books That Inspire; 1st Edition edition (2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 935258970X
- ISBN-13: 978-9352589708
- Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.4 x 13 cm
- Average Customer Review: 111 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Calling - Unleash Your True Self Paperback – 2016
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The Calling is a spiritual adventure. It is an encounter with the truth, the wisdom and the force that is innate to us all. At the brink of a divorce and personal breakdown, Arjun took a trip into the heart of the Himalayas, on the insistence of a sadhu, who predicted that the journey up to Hemkund Sahib would align him to his purpose and change his life forever. At every turn the mountains holds secrets and tests that urge Arjun to evolve into the person he had denied to be – himself. Pretenses, falsities, confusions and untruths fall apart as Arjun is forced to confront the mess he had created in his life. What started off as an opportunity to escape reality, turned out to be an opportunity to escape from the dwindling spiral of self-created misery. Filled with spiritual insights and sprinkled with light humor, this story will help you find your calling, your voice and who knows, even your true self.
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To put the story line in a single sentence, “A guy with messed up life personally and professionally lives in a victim mode and finally finds he is the cause of his state and no one else to blame and he vows to turn a new leaf on his life”. Credits to the author who brings in the transformation in the main character, “Arjun” from a helpless victim to a man of wisdom in a very realistic manner.
A synopsis of the story goes like this, “The deep yearnings of Arjun’s soul sets the path to transformation by unfolding series of events which appears to be chance happenings. The author brings about this by Arjun’s “chance” meetings with three sadhus and a transporter in the Himalayan mountain. The first sadhu he meets when he has an accident gives him a mandate to go a certain place in Himalayas to come out of the mess he is in. The second sadhu he meets in the Himalayan mountain sheds out three Golden nuggets in the form of three tests. The book picks up speed from here. The teachings from these tests are so profound and obvious but most of us overlook it. They are 1. We are responsible for the space we are in and it is up to us to make something positive out of it, never blaming the externals. 2. Even though we may be good, honest etc., we need to use the resources we have in our space (including people, and other things) in a way that brings out their best and thereby giving them an opportunity to work out their karma or in a way they deserve it. 3. In author’s words, “You cannot stop anything or anyone from changing. The only power that you do have is over your own state.” Finally, the meeting with the third sadhu hundred meter beneath the ground is a symbolic representation of meeting with his true self wherein he further becomes aware of his ulterior motives of using people to his means and not doing justice to their presence in his life. The author very patiently and realistically carries the character of Arjun throughout the story line as a resistant person who wants to have an “escape” of his situation. Only after the final meeting with his own self in the form a third sadhu, he is able to let go of his resistance and to surrender to what “is” and vows to make a change in his life. When I thought that is the end of the story, just like in a detective novel, the author brings in a dimension to his transporter in the Himalayan mountain who sheds his final wisdom to Arjun.
I felt the book a bit dragging between the first and second meeting of the sadhu, but finally when I completed the book, I realized it was necessary to portray the resistant character of Arjun. The book is well written with thoughtful words filled with wisdom. It is not that people’s transformation should happen in a Himalayan setting, but it can happen to any of us at anytime anywhere. Let’s better watch out. Well done Priya.
The story is a spiritual adventure and an encounter with the force that is in all of us. The story is of Arjun – a human being in distressed state of mind who has lost the pattern, and is at the brink of a divorce and personal breakdown. His life changes forever when he meets with an accident. An experience that leads him to find himself. It is when he comes across a sadhu who asks him to take a journey to Hemkund Sahib located in The Himalayas to unravel the Purple thread. Arjun isn’t aware that this journey would bring him wisdom, the quality of being wise, truth and his wisest-self. Arjun isn’t aware that it’s not the destination (the purple thread), but the journey and the experiences that’s going to change his life forever, and that is what is going to make his soul grow.
I found the Author Priya Kumar’s writing style very similar to my two other favorite authors Paul Coelho and Robin Sharma. The book is written so beautifully that I could have a clear imagination from every word in every single scene that has been described so well! The main character and the other characters are so well described and presented that it feels real to you. The story is written in such an amazing way that it grips you, and keeps you turning pages. It keeps you guessing to maintain the interest and not making you get bored at all. Go for it! 👌🏻😍
In 'The Calling's the gripping tale , Priya Kumar thorough her beautiful writing , in a story set in the mystical & majestic Himalayas , takes the reader on a wonderful journey full of twists & turns and surprises. Even after reading more than 100 pages , I was not able to guess what is coming next & how the story will unravel and travel to it's climax.
The characters in the story are almost mythical & unpredictable. Priya Kumar has not only succeeded not only keeping the story flowing & flying but she has interspersed the tale with rare & direct spiritual insights.
I read the amazing story & I am going to read it again for it's life transforming wisdom , which we need badly in today's time of turmoil..
Must read ! Only for those who want to change their life. Truly inspiring...
Keep writing Priya & keep helping people to find their purpose through your amazing God gifted ability to tell stories.
Am sure every corporate guy or gal would connect to the story and would at times re-live the moments as if they are the main characters there by themselves. Every chapter touches some chord in the heart and comes with some amazing nuggets of wisdom and learning.
Every book Priya writes she raises the bar higher and higher,always making the reader yearn for more.
It definitely is a must read, am sure you shall enjoy the reading journey that Priya has knit.
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