Thursday, September 22, 2022

MAYA - I BOW TO THEE, YOU CANNOT BE OVERCOME By Acharya Prashant - Book Review



Name of the Book: MAYA- I BOW TO THEE, YOU CANNOT BE OVERCOME

Author of the Book: Acharya Prashant

Genre: Non-Fiction

ABOUT THE BOOK

The book "Maya" is an assemblage of question answer sessions that Vedanta philosopher and teacher, Acharya Prashant has been having with diverse audience over a decade. As these audience come from various background the standard and depth of each session is enormous. Every chapter of this book is substantially based on these interactions. According to the author, readers would understand that "Maya " is the most scientific term and can be explained more explicitly. Authors explanation is deeply spiritual yet not confined by any tradition. 

According to the disclaimer given my him, the responses given by a teacher are customized and you might find some contradicting responses, the reason being, as seekers come from varied background and experiences, there cannot be one time solution for any problem. 

The book is divided into three parts, in first part "So Real She Looks" has 11 chapters, wherein author has explained who and what  Maya is. In the second part " She Conceal, She Reveals" has 12 chapters, here author reveals and give better understanding of Maya and in the last and third part "Only She Can Lead You Into Realty", has 14 chapters, wherein author talks about how to deal with Maya. Despite this demarcation every chapter is interrelated and as you read through, you will have better understanding of self. 

Vedanta ask questions to people " Who is the inner one? What is his nature? What does he desire? Will fulfilment of his desire give him contentment? As a response to this Acharya Prashant has brought the essence of Vedanta spirituality to the world today and help solving people's problem which are born out of their ignorance towards themselves.

WHY THE TITLE "MAYA"?

Most of you have heard this term on daily basis, most frequently used yet most misunderstood. Acharya Prashant has made an consequential effort to make us understand the real meaning of the term "Maya" as it play out in our day-to-day life. 

MY TAKE ON THE BOOK

Perpetual intelligence, modern context and vernacular metaphor makes his work eccentric. Readers gets an enriching experience as they go through varied range of questions that they could relate and empathize. Each query raised by the seekers is very well explained with real life examples that everyone can corelate with. If you are looking for the better understanding of self and life, you must read this book.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Acharya Prashant is a champion of socio-spiritual awakening in today's world. He is an acclaimed Vedanta exegete and author of over 70 books, including the national bestseller, Karma. An alumnus of IIT-Delhi, IIM-Ahmedabad and a former civil service officer, he is an exponent of pure Vedantic wisdom, a campaigner against superstition, a proponent of spiritual veganism, and an expounder of essential human freedom.

BOOK DETAILS

Format: Paperback/ Kindle Edition

Price: 250 INR/ 237.50 INR

Pages: 352

Publisher: Jaico Publishing House

Availability: Amazon

This blog post is part of the blog challenge ‘Blogaberry Dazzle’ hosted by Cindy D’Silva and Noor Anand Chawla in collaboration with Baked Happily Ever After.

25 comments:

  1. The title of the book really interesting and I really want to grab this and read after your review.

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  2. “Maya”- illusion. That’s the biggest problem these days. We are trapped in Maya and until and unless we understand the ways to make us free from these illusions, we will not be able to live a happy life. I want to read this book. Thanks for a lovely review.

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  3. Sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for sharing the review. I am very much interested in Vedanta and maya is always intriguing.

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  4. I have heard a lot about Acharya Prashant and his books and this title Maya- I bow to thee ... so nicely reviewed by you simply compels me to get this book and discover more about the meaning and way of living.

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  5. The theme of this book sounds spiritual and it is great that author has explained complex topic in Q&A format. My brother is highly interested in these kind of subject. I will share about this book with him. I am sure, he would love to read this book.

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  6. Understanding inner self is the most important aspect of life. And I firmly believe that inner soul have the power to guide us in the right way. This book seems a great resource.

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  7. This seems like a great book . You have reviewed it very well .Will definitely check

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  8. I read this book very recently and in my opinion this book helped us to get closure to the meaning of MAYA in our lives. All that I felt is that its a slow paced one and may discourage many from reading it.

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  9. Such a great book review! You've highlighted much of what the book is about and not I want to have my hands on it as well to read. Appreciate you making this review. Keep writing! - MommyWithAGoal

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  10. From your take it sounds very like to read book, would definitely wana check it out. Thanks for the suggestion.

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  11. An offbeat but intriguing title. I have heard of him Swati but haven't read any of his books. I think if I have to start, this will be a good one... Kaveri.

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  12. i usually pick up fiction books. this one seems nice & more to do with cosmic relationships & understanding the world & yourself. Could be an interesting change to my usual read.

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  13. The book sounds interesting. Something different from the usual explanatory type. Thank you for sharing the review.

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  14. Maya title sound interesting after reading your review. Your review complex me to read the book

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  15. I haven't read non-fiction in a while and this sounds like the perfect book to dive into it again. Feels like it'll give some crucial insights about self and life.

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  16. I've heard a lot about this book, Maya. Understanding one's inner self is a life long journey. The fact that the author used a question-and-answer format is a nice touch. Love the way you reviewed.
    Anjali (messymom)

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  17. Swati - you wrote a beautiful review. I have added this book to my book-read-list as it would be interesting to get contemporary thought leadership on the ageless Vedantic concepts.

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  18. That is quite an interesting title. I agree about the fact that we rarely fully understand the terms that we usually throw around. Adding this to my TBR. Thanks for sharing the review.

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  19. That is quite an interesting title. I agree about the fact that we rarely understand the terms that we usually throw around. Adding this to my TBR. Thanks for sharing the review.

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  20. The title seemed interesting but reading your review I understood it is a deeply philosophical book and not my genre. But will keep it in my TBR and definitely give it a try.

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  21. Maya seems to be a hot favourite name for the protagonist. We seem to attach mystery to this name. Ironically, my MIL name is also Maya 🤣 This looks like a great book!

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  22. Not my preferred genre, but sure sounds interesting!

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  23. Your review of this book evokes so much interest to grab and read it. Will surely read it.

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  24. Maya is one of the name of the characters that I've always used in my stories and by reading his interview I dont think theres much I can or may say.

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