- Author: Shubha Vila
- Paperback: 316 pages
- Publisher: Jaico Publishing House; 1 edition (30 September 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9386348926
- ISBN-13: 978-9386348920
The Ramayana is not a story. It’s a way of life. It’s the game of life.
Life is a constant reminder that nothing, however powerful in one season, remains unchanging. The endless cycles of change can truly us if we are unprepared to face its realities. However, we often see these changing times as problems larger than they really are. Many issues in life when perceived with fear, result in pain; but when perceived with CLARITY, the result is FREEDOM.
Situations of helplessness are almost always created by our own limited imagination.
Do you have the courage to face your fears?
Stand Strong, the fourth book in Ramayana: The Game of Life series reminds us through its eternal stories — such as the tale of brothers Vali and Sugriva — that life is like a high-risk treasure hunt: one often has to walk through a maze of confusing paths while being chased by dangerously complex dilemmas to find the hidden treasure of wisdom.
A book that takes you in the realms of the glorious past, a book that lets you feel the human emotions and predicaments, a book that stands as an exquisite literary piece, a book that above all, teaches you how to live!
STAND STRONG by Shubha Vilas is a classic piece of literature that will challenge your wits and beliefs to let you know the essence of humanity and the existence. It is a book about keeping the faith and conquering fear. Truly, with each word you relish the taste of this book and travel through the minds of not only the characters but also that of writer’s. The book is categorically focused on that particular segment of Mahabharata where Lord Rama helps Sugriva defeat his vainglorious brother Vali.
The cover of the story as well as its title is perfectly in sync with the narrative. The title apparently implies that freedom is the key to happiness. One needs to get himself out of the clutches of fear to instill freedom in his soul. And the freedom comes to one who learns to stay nonchalant under all the circumstances. One should remain calm and composed to feel liberated. The pigeon on the cover symbolizes freedom.
The mythical characters described in the book make you touch the nuances of life. The portrayal of Rama and his restlessness to meet his beloved has been expressed very well. One could feel his pain and helplessness in the lines. Along with the life of Lord Rama, several other lives also run parallel with it. The coherence has been diligently maintained. The writer’s command over language is praiseworthy that makes the characters come alive. The narrative has been planned smoothly to make the readers drown in the holy lands of Malyavan Hills and Rishimukh Mountains. The inspiring stories of the great sages inculcate peace in our soul. They are not mere accounts of history. As we read this book, we get to know how relevant they are to the status quo. It is not just going to inform you about history but will enhance your knowledge about the education, virtues, and living. The book is meant to enlighten you.
The best part of the book is the analysis done by the author that drew the fantastic conclusions in the form of vital life lessons. Some of my favorite lines are listed below:
- A weak mind is like a bacterium that causes an infection of self-doubt that crumbles a strong body.
- One must detach oneself from the material benefits that distract one from focusing on the goal one is attached to.
- Accepting others’ imperfections gracefully is the sign of perfection. Accepting one’s own imperfection honestly is the sign of progress toward perfection.
- When one competes with oneself, one invites celebration instead of competition.
- The quality that makes you can be the very quality that breaks you.
- While the ordinary exhibit their abilities nakedly, the extraordinary carefully clothe them with the drape of modesty.
- What studying books can’t teach, observing people can.
- Where power ends, Responsibility begins!
I would like to recommend to everyone irrespective of the fact that they are readers or not because this book is not just to derive the pleasure of reading. Rather, it is there to make you familiar with the higher form of spirituality and uplift your wisdom!
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