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The Life of Vishwa by Amar B. Singh is a Stress Busting Festival pick #poetry #spiritual #giveaway



Title: The Life of Vishwa


Author: Amar B. Singh


Genre: Poetry/ Philosophy/ Spirituality


Book Blurb:


We are born. We develop a false identification of ourselves - our egos. We live in pain and sorrow and sooner or later, look back at the source or, ahead at the destination... In our lifelong struggle, we do come across fundamental questions about our existence, our consciousness - what happens when we sleep? who is the experiencer of our dreams? How does a dream give a solution to a problem in waking life? Is death a long sleep or a dream? 'The Life of Vishwa' deals with the states of human consciousness and what lies beyond, based on the Upanishadic discussions on the three states of consciousness beautifully divided and integrated at the same time and also of the Fourth state which lies beyond these three, called 'Turiya', which is the state of the Almighty God. 'Vishwa' is the first state of human consciousness - when we are awake. This state is body-conscious. Through the personification of this state of consciousness, the book delves into the journey of Vishwa and the causes leading to his merging with the other states to realize the truth of life. Through twenty one poems which read like a story of Vishwa's life, the book takes us through this journey. 'Vishwa' in Hindi also means the world. And therefore, 'The Life of Vishwa' is the life of each one of us.


Excerpt:


“Peace is a state of mind for sure,

The freedom from all desire to be secure.

You seek security, stay in the shadow of fear,

Desire to secure your inner and outer.


Caught in a prison of its own making,

Of its own desires and efforts,

Your mind in pain is clearly seeking,

Someone who can help, comfort.


You’re a hero – you push and hit,

Worship envy, acquisitiveness.

You nourish your competitive spirit,

Desire to succeed deeply embedded.


Can you succeed without someone failing,

Your victorious shouts without the other wailing…

And so used to this success you are,

You don’t mind going to war!


But everyone loses some day…

Isn’t that the rule - death and decay?

And on your deathbed, you think,

I was the king of the world and now I sink…


Wisdom is to think of that now…

Someone’s failure to make you successful,

Is obviously wrong – correct it somehow…

Ambitious kings were never blissful!”


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What’s your favorite way to combat stress?


Watching my thoughts like watching shifting clouds in the sky and soon I see that the sky is always clear, the clouds are momentary…


Why is your featured book a stress busting read?


‘The Life of Vishwa’ is everyone’s story – ‘Vishwa’ , in the Upanishads, is the name for the state of consciousness in which we are awake (the others being dream state and of deep sleep). And Vishwa of course goes through all sorts of troubles and then he makes his journey inside and sees the way back to his source and all his troubles go away… like a dream isn’t important anymore after we wake up!


Giveaway –


One lucky reader will win a $75 Amazon US or Canada gift card



Open internationally. You must have a valid Amazon US or Amazon CA account to win.


Runs May 1 – 31, 2023.


Drawing will be held on June 1, 2023.



Author Biography:


Born in Jamshedpur, India, in 1979, Amar B. Singh has worked across areas of finance, marketing and strategy but he refuses to brand and limit himself to any name or function, that can define him. This existential question of who we are remains his essential point across all his writings.


About his own work, Amar has said that he is helping create conditions for a more perceptive society – a society that doesn’t live blind. His poems and narratives have the ancient wisdom of religion and culture embroidered together with the context of the modern day. The early influences on him, of the great epics, run like a thread through all that he writes.


Amar’s interest areas lie in philosophy, psychology, religion, and more specifically, into the concept of human existence w.r.t space and time. He sees science and religion as two sides of the same coin. In his own words, “a non-scientific person cannot be truly religious, and a non-religious person will never know beyond the known sciences.”


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2 Comments


andreadrake1
andreadrake1
May 11, 2023

Reading & yoga is what helps my stress!

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N. N. Light
N. N. Light
May 10, 2023

Thank you, Amar, for sharing your book in our Stress Busting Book Festival!

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