Jun 14, 2022

Book Review: Flowers on the Path by Sadhguru

 I bought this book in Apr 2019. I started to read it around the same time but lost interest after a few chapters. I picked up the same book after 3 years and loved it for its simplicity, brilliant insights, and relatable writings. Yet again, it is a testament to the fact that a book hits the reader at the right time.

Having read Sadhguru's Karma and Inner Engineering (and listened to many of his talks), I love the way he conveys his spiritual perspectives in such a simple, easy-to-understand manner. This book "Flowers on the Path" is a compilation of his articles - short, concise, and a clear focus, interspersed with beautiful anecdotes. He touches upon various topics in these articles - religion, spirituality, women, multiple paths of Yoga, comfort zones, health, parenting, destiny, and much more. Some of the questions he poses are honest, real, and worth asking ourselves in the fast-paced lives we lead. For eg, "If you are incapable of transforming yourself, where is the question of you bringing up your child?"

As these articles are 2-3 pages long, the coverage isn't in-depth though. But they provide the reader with enough insights to ponder, depending on the areas or context where they are seeking answers.

I just loved the chapter on worldly affairs, especially this particular passage!

"People who are withdrawing from excessive activity are not causing any damage either to themselves, the society, the world, the environment or the planet. It is only people who are engaged in activity in absolute unawareness who are truly destroying the world."

A few other favorite lines:

"When a child comes into your life, it is a time to learn, because you have missed much in your life and so much of you has become distorted" => So so true!

"Human civilization still views economic success as the primary marker of human achievement. This is a tragically myopic view."

"In our bid to banish discrimination, we will banish diversity as well" => In the context of gender

"You can go far in life only when you can leave your past"

"Choices made in unawareness are compulsions."

"Spirituality is an inner science to create a conductive inner atmosphere because the quality of your life is dependent on how you are within yourself."

Loved reading this book. If the lines above resonated with you, I'm sure you'd love the book too!

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