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Title: Nectar of All World Religions
Author: Ishwar Joshi Awalgaonkar
Genre: Non Fiction - Religion & Spirituality
1000 Selections from 11 Spiritual Traditions - teachings of Bahaullah, Buddha, Confucius, Guru Nanak, Jesus, Krishna, Lao Tzu, Mahavir, Moses, Muhammed and Zoroaster.
Like a bee that goes to all the flowers in the garden and collects their essence to create Nectar - Ishwar read over 5,000 pages of the Holy books of all major 12 world religions over a period of 5 years. From these books he selected 1,000 quotes to capture the Essence of their Teachings and Wisdom. These selected quotes are presented to you in this book.
This book is unlike a typical one which you read from cover to cover. Each line and verse has been chosen for its depth and breadth of wisdom. Ishwar's suggestion for you is to read one verse per day and fully appreciate it, what it means to you and how it can be applicable to you in your everyday life. You could find a way to weave this into your daily routine. For ex. by setting up a recurring reminder on your Calendar. As you read and fully appreciate the teachings of your own religion in this book - the hope is that the learnings would be valuable to you in dealing with the ups and downs of life. You could also read about other religions and soak their wisdom. This can help expand one’s mind and perspective on life & the varied rich traditions around the world. Such an expanded view can help us control the tendency to ‘generalize and otherize’ people i.e. discriminating against ‘all those other people’ based on their race, country, skin color, gender, religion, caste, creed, political affiliation or orientation. The world will be a better place If all of us can collectively reduce this otherization and become more empathetic towards each other. These selected quotes are presented ‘raw’ without any commentary or analysis. Because Ishwar believes that adding commentary would be akin to him standing next to you on top of a mountain peak and talking incessantly. He would rather escort you to the towering mountain peak or the majestic ocean and fall silent to let you commune with it, to let it fully and deeply sink in and give you the unlimited joy, peace and tranquility that it naturally emanates.
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Ishwar Joshi Awalgaonkar experienced his first miracle at the age of 10 while growing up in Aurangabad, Maharashtra in India. He has experienced several miracles since then as he grew up, moved and lived across the world. During his early 20s, Ishwar studied the holy books of all major religions.
Ishwar currently works as a Software Engineering Manager for Google in California. Before this, he was a Software Engineer at Microsoft, Ericsson, Symantec, Anheuser Busch in USA as well as Various companies in Dubai & India. He also co-founded several startups where he filed patents and built unique and innovative Apps. Ishwar graduated with a Degree in English & History. He has read and self-studied ‘The Art of Computer Programming Vol 1-3’. This set of books is among the top twenty scientific monographs of the last century along with The Collected Papers of Einstein.
Ishwar does Transcendental Meditation, Pranayama and Yoga. He has run a Full Marathon of 42.1 kms, earned a Red belt in Tae Kwon Do and climbed Mt. Rainier 14,400 feet. In his spare time these days, he likes to ride his Bicycle or SuperSport Motorcycle. Ishwar is happily married to Pallavi, they live with their daughters Samriddhi and Samraadni in San Francisco Bay Area.
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