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Saturday, December 14, 2013

A BOOK REVIEW : LIGHT FROM MANY LAMPS

Great lives give great inspiration.

If wisdom of ages is properly archived, it would definitely help to succeeding generations.

The book 'Light from many Lamps, edited by Lillian Eichler Watson' is a perfect blend of wisdom of East and West. It is a storehouse of inspiring quotes with caricature of world’s renowned personalities.

This book is a result of long labour by Watson in culling out the wisdom of past centuries. As the cover flap truly suggests, it is a book of infinite richness and abiding values.

This book is not meant for casual reading. It is a book which you have to come back and forth from time to time, sometimes to endure your sufferings and some other times to lift your spirits.

Reading this prose will change the trajectory of your thoughts. The starting page itself is a minefield of timeless wisdom for an interrogative mind.  "Who is a wise man ? In reply, Talmud says that ' He who learns of all men'. The contents of this book broadly divided into interesting chapters like 'Happiness and Enjoyment of living'  and "Faith and inner calm etc. The labour involved in writing a book is better explained in this fitting quote of Samuel Johnson ' A man will turn over half a library to make one book'.


While reading this book, the reader gets an opportunity to know the lives of some of the greatest philosophers of past centuries. These immortal words of Charles Kingsley would inspire anybody : " Thank God every morning when you get up that you have something to do which must be done whether you like it or not. Being forced to work and forced to do your best, will breed in you temperance, self-control, diligence, strength of will, content and a hundred other virtues which the idle never know'.and "Faith and inner calm etc.

The book has chapters on Rome's best known philosopher Seneca. America's best known President Abraham Lincoln also finds place twice in the book. It has chapters on Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Shakespeare, Hippocrates,  ST. Paul, Confucius and many more epic personalities. Reading of this book is an interesting journey which is a fine blend of wisdom of Eastern and Western Masters.

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam in his latest biography "My Journey : Transforming Dreams into Actions" mentions this book as one of his three favourite books. Befitting to its tile "Light from many Lamps", truly gives you 'Inner Light' !

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