February 13, 2018

Book Review: No Mud No Lotus by Thich Nhat Hanh

No Mud No Lotus
Author: Thich Nhat Hanh
Publisher: Parallax Press
Rating: 3.5/5

If a problem can be solved, there is nothing to worry about. If it can’t be solved, then worrying is useless.’

‘No Mud, No Lotus’ is a self-help book that helps the readers understand the essence of life. Just like how the Lotus survives in the austere conditions and rises from beneath the mud and transforms into the purest form, similarly, our body is a gift from God and to help it heal and reach close to heaven, is our primary obligation.

John Keats had said in one of his most famous poems ‘The Human Seasons’ that the human mind passes through four stages of development which are similar to the seasons. During our summer (youth), we are bound to ruminate or brainstorm on the past experiences and the urge to change what has already happened takes its toll on our mind. Only when we are able to channelize our thoughts, we are enlightened and are closer to heaven. ‘No Mud, No Lotus’ inspires and propels the mind to quell the thoughts that hinder its development.

With words that are not only potent but also true, the narrative doesn’t leave any stone unturned in guiding towards holistic healing. The master Zen Buddhist, Thich Nhat Hanh, explains how the perspective of the past experiences haunt us and we happen to destroy our present at the past’s beck and call. He explains how an experience can be moulded into a lesson and that, in turn, helps in dropping the baggage to where it belongs.

A short read, this book is a must-have.
Best Wishes to the author!

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