The Journey (Book Review)

“Courage is not absence of fear, but ability to manage fear.”

Spiritually uplifting, “The Journey” by Tarun Deep Singh takes the readers on a philosophical ride with several thought-provoking ideas that makes us look back at life and then into our inner self.

“Losing faith is very easy but losing ‘myself’ is the most difficult.”

Almost every human give up in the middle of their journey for “soul searching” when the truth seeker within them meet with its alter ego– “The Fallen One”. So, the author asks his readers to first accept that they are The Fallen One and then step onto the path of their search for self realization. Although the path is not easy, but persistence is the key.

“Seekers are like lamp which struggles with circumstances to keep the illumination around it.”

Although the concept undertaken is vast and hence a little difficult to comprehend, but author Tarun Deep Singh takes great pleasure in simplifying them for us, spinning each complexity into lucidity for everyone to understand it. He brings out the flaws in our concepts with proper clarity and explains the ultimate truths that one needs to know as they travel with him deep into the journey.

“Heaven does not exist; it has to be created from hell by vanquishing the evil.”

The preface explains as to why he wrote the book, how the book came into being in the first place, why the readers should take hold of it and what “journey”, in the context of the book, means. Tarun Deep Singh, who had self-published a few more of his works before, plans to take on this venture “to find out what all an individual experiences in a journey to become a ‘Better Individual’.”

“If an individual doesn’t accept pains then he should not look for happiness. But if he is after happiness then he should be ready for the sufferings.”

The book has been organized in six chapters and five appendix items, each providing the readers with a brighter context, ensuring a step forward towards the successful achievement of the search. The synopsis at the beginning of each chapter gives a short glimpse of what is to come and the footnotes at the end of each page provides the reader with deeper understanding of the concepts and ideas put forth.

“Hell is like a ‘Quick Sand’, more an individual tries to get out of it deeper it pulls him.”

“The Journey” requires the “traveller” to first accept that they are “The Fallen One” and then proceed to fight “The War” of darkness versus light that falsely leads us to believe that “Faith Hurts”. But as we continue our journey with a strong faith and without abandoning our hope we slowly trod on the path of discovering “Who Am I?” and realising that “Death is the Biggest Lie”. And finally we achieve that highest level of consciousness by being a “Selfless Warrior”.

“Know him the True Warrior, who fights for the meek,
Even being severed to pieces he does not leave the battlefield.”

The diagrams, flow-charts and point-wise explanations used for better understanding are really very helpful. The examples sought in order to compare a complex situation with a simpler one served to comprehend some really difficult issues very easily and clearly.

“Darkness is all about adding layers and unveiling curtains.”

The efficiency with which scientific facts and mathematical concepts are connected with the spiritual theories is quite fascinating. It not only interests the logical minds but also effectively establishes the definite logic behind all the spiritual knowledge. Psychology too has a great role to play, as both deals with the mind. Hence, the book also establishes a connection between psychology and spirituality.

“Observation is one of the keys to self-revelation and understanding knowledge.”

The great lines quoted from Gurbaani, Guru Granth Sahib Ji, Bhagavad Gita and the Dohas of Kabir are very inspiring. Plus, the evidences sought from the great epic of Mahabharata are quite admirable too. The readers get to know and learn those teachings by heart as the author uses them effectively, bringing out their meaning and significance with brilliant efficiency.

“You have the right to perform your actions, but you are not entitled to the fruits of the actions,
Do not let the fruit be the purpose of your actions, and therefore you won’t be attached to not doing your duty.”

The book comes with some innovative concepts like the duality that exists in life or the noises that clog the mind. It ridicules how we make simple things complex and then get afraid of the complexity. It enlightens us about the art of listening and how important it is for our survival. It highlights the fact that although the world is a mere illusion, yet the people dwelling in it are not mere fictions. It proves how everything in this universe is connected, even if there are infinite distance between them. It clarifies the difference between a rebel and a selfless warrior and imparts a new meaning to the word “Athiest”. It identifies the origin of conflicts and thus provides solutions to curb it before it can rise. It introduces how “NOT” couldn’t always be blamed for the negative actions. The book reflects on how the heaven, as described by the society, is just an updated version of hell.

“Heaven is just a myth, a lie which is being told to us from eons.”

Often in the book we find reference to his other works, which are “Man is a Thought” and “What is an Indian?” So, if anyone has knack towards spirituality and gaining knowledge and wants to understand with clarity each and every concept held in the book, then one must first read the previous books of the author as well.

“If a human mind successfully manages a balance between logic and beyond logic then it should attain state of Nothingness.”

The title signifies our journey through life to discover a traveller inside us. It is the journey everyone should take in order to know their inner being. It is the journey towards attaining enlightenment. It is the journey from being “The Fallen One” to becoming a better individual.

“The traveller in this journey has evolved not to survive but to eradicate evil.”

The cover depicting a river flowing calmly with clouds above and plants by its sides is quite soothing to the eyes and passes a tranquil feeling through the soul. The flowing river signifies our life that keeps on flowing, no matter what comes on its way; and its calmness signifies the tranquillity that the soul would feel once they are able to reach the correct path of self realization. The plants are, of-course, the symbol of life.

“This hope is a thin line which keeps him motivated to keep walking on the path.”

“The Journey” is one of those self-help book that never turns boring, rather it attracts its readers as it promises to solve the myriad curiosity that one has about several mysteries of life, death and the life after death.

“Faith is not an emotion or an entity. It is an experience. It is not created it is discovered.”

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