- Paperback: 327 pages
- Publisher: Changemakers Books; Reprint edition (30 August 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 178099916X
- ISBN-13: 978-1780999166
- Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
- Customer Reviews: 1 customer review
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Tiziana Stupia is a writer, yoga teacher, ayurvedic consultant, vedic fire ceremonies practitioner, and traveller. She publishes widely on the topics of spirituality, travel, health and personal growth. She lives in Leamington Spa, UK.
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I could see how relationships are just a mirror to ourselves and also get some instructions about how we can apply some efforts on raising awareness and working ourselves out too.
I learnt a lot about India also!
I am a bit richer on culture now! :D
This is a love story which leads to a higher level of love.
I higher level of living.
By knowing ourselves we can live a better life by making better decisions!
BOOK REVIEW: MEETING SHIVA BY TIZIANA STUPIA: MEETING AND KNOWING SELF
Meeting Shiva: Falling and Rising in Love in the Indian Himalayas by Tiziana Stupia is a journey of life. It is a journey in many ways – a journey to find your real self, a journey in search of truth, a journey to find out the real meaning of love, a journey to find out the real purpose of life, a journey beyond journey. It is in fact an autobiography presented in a very realistic and touching way. Lot of truth is revealed in this – about God and God worshipers. The book in a way is quite inspiring while taking you through all ups and downs of life.
In Meeting Shiva Tiziana has gone through a transformation while passing through various colors of love, happiness and pain. A spiritual memoir starting with author’s travel through the Himalayas along with a hunt for her soul mate that she has not found so far in her life journey of 30+ years. While travelling through Tibet, Pakistan, Nepal she finally reaches to India with an initial plan of going back to her homeland. But she never knew till that moment that some thing big was about to happen in her life. A strange man was about to land in her life as her soul mate. While on this trip for almost over eight months, Tiziana decided to go for a mountain trip towards northern parts of India.
That is where the story of Meeting Shiva by Tiziana takes a strange turn the moment she encounters Rudra, the head of an ashram. Rudra is a man who has become a Sanyasi (Hindu monk), devoted to Lord Shiva, leaving everything of materialistic world. Something sparks between the two and Tiziana finds herself getting hooked to Rudra. In Rudra she finds new meanings of love, spirituality and freedom. But then there are certain incidents that shake her belief in certain aspects of life.
The memoir/ autobiography Meeting Shiva is quite interestingly written by Tiziana and shall be a treat for the readers.
Every thought and feeling she described I had partaken in, even down to the bizarre texts thanking the man for the lesson, an attempt to maintain dignity and control of a situation that was, in truth, totally out of our control.
I cringed whilst reading, as I remembered my own excruciating attempts to drag what was, in reality, an utterly shallow sexual relationship back into some reasonability and respectability in my own mind. I invented various thoughts and ideas to comfort myself and my ego, whilst being quite sure at the back of my mind I had been tricked and lied to and everything I had been told by he who was supposed to save me was part of a giant-sized manipulation.
So interesting, one day the feelings were love, togetherness, hope of being rescued and made eternally happy by marriage and union, a life together. And then within less than 24 hours these feelings had shifted around to the polar opposite of fear, loathing, regret and torment.
East meets West and Western woman's relatively new state of 'freedom' is not yet truly liberated as we still careen around believing forcefully that freedom can only be found in something external, a man and partnership. In less enlightened cultures this new sexual freedom coupled with a continued lack of self-assuredness in the field of 'romance' and 'special' relationships clearly must slip into an open invitation to men to have a go. And why wouldn't you if you were male?
The culture differences are as big as living on another planet.
Any woman who has travelled in India knows that this is so by the daily attempts by pretty much any man met along the way to woo us. The bizarre confidence of Indian men that we would be happy to sleep with any one of them just proves this further. Surely they must know some are successful!?
Currently Western woman is fair game in India, tricked, violated or occasionally married.
Tiziana's book is a must read for all women travelling in India and indeed anyone interested in modern culture in India. In particular, those of us who are interested in spiritual practice and yoga in India as it is here where the preponderance of gender hypocrisy is seen. It is one thing to be groped on a train by a random male, but it is quite another to be manipulated into bed by a swami who knows his prey is due to leave him quite soon and never come back.
Even very well known and respected spiritual leaders with political clout in India are taking Western girlfriends these days. If it is OK for them...