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22 August 2005 @ 10:38 pm
A River Sutra  

I keep a book journal (and have done since 2000) so that I can keep track of books I've read and record my impressions of the book. These aren't reviews, and rarely include much of a synopsis about what the book's about. But if anyone else has read the book, maybe it could inspire some dialogue. The following is my impression of a book I particularly loved, and will definitely have to reread. Has anyone else read this?

A River Sutra, Gita Mehta  (Read February 2001)

A superbly lovely book! The stories woven through this river tapestry are mesmerizing, compelling, full of emotion and heart. I really like the final message, or rather, the undercurrent, the central aphorism or "sutra" of the river: that is, that true "enlightenment" happens in the world, not out of it. That you don't need to remove yourself from humanity, find solitude or deny yourself community in order to find your "self," or perhaps attain is appropriate, given the Indian philosophy. The "truth" is in relationship, as all of these stories suggest--the power, promise and love of relating to and with other human beings. At the same time, she does not denounce the philosophy or mythology, but celebrates the richness of the culture.

 

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C.A.T.D.O.T.E.L.wickedsin on August 23rd, 2005 01:54 pm (UTC)
This sounds awesome, thanks!