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Bani Sodermark

Reviewer Bani Sodermark. Bani has a Ph.D in mathematical physics and has been a teacher of physics and mathematics at the university level in both India and Sweden. For the last decade, her interests have been spirituality, healthy living and self-development. She has written a number of reviews on http://amazon.com. Bani is a mother to two children.



 
By Bani Sodermark
Published on October 4, 2012
 


Editor: Joan Warden

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN-13: 978-1475062403:   ISBN:10: 1475062400


Editor: Joan Warden

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN-13: 978-1475062403:   ISBN:10: 1475062400



Revitalizing Spirituality

The title says it all. This book explores in some detail, the concept of transcendental love (love for the essence of humanity, and termed as “Divine Love” in this book) in general, and the modality of its’ expression in individuals living in the hectic, fast-paced  society of today. The primary source of inspiration behind this book are the channeled messages that were revealed through the ex-attorney and medium, James E.Padgett during the period between the years 1914 and 1923 and purported to have come from Jesus and the apostles, prominently St. Luke and St. John.

The primary theme of this book is to highlight the difference between Divine Love and the natural love that human beings feel for each other. It focuses on the finite nature of the egoistic love most humans have for their dear ones and the all-consuming nature of Divine Love for the soul, emphasizing the temporary nature of the former and the all-encompassing, life-changing character of the latter. To this effect, several writers document their experiences of the cultivation of Divine Love, the changes wrought in them over time and the fruits of their sadhana  (a Sanskrit word for diligent study) as the process of tuning into Divine Love tests their metaphysical skills. The main purpose of this book is to show how Divine Love manifests itself in the life of ordinary human beings, and, in the process, render a new life and a new dimension to the teachings of Jesus as has been reported in the Bible, many of which have gathered dust over centuries because of stagnant interpretations.

The book is divided into two parts. The first part contains testimonials by various writers of their experiences of taking the writings of James E. Padgett to heart in the practice of Divine Love. The editor has placed these inputs carefully into four progressive chapters involving successively deeper engagement. The second part contains a long chapter on the history of the source behind these channeled messages. The last chapter contains a chosen sample of the actual messages from Jesus as well as some other apostles, prominently St. Luke and St. John. Reading the messages from Jesus brought tears to my eyes, though I am not a Christian. I was reminded of the famous lines by Krishna in the Bhagvad-Gita “Yada yada dharmasya glaneer bhavati....sambhavami yuge yuge”, which, translated from the original Sanskrit, means that “whenever I find dharma in danger of being subdued by malafide forces, ….I reincarnate from time to time, to restore the balance of good over evil”.

This book also makes it clear that Divine Love is a choice that man must make on his/her own, it is a gift bestowed on one who chooses to act from that space, foregoing selfish ego-driven considerations. One of Jesus’ messages deals explicitly with this issue and many of the other writers reinforce it with their own experiences.

The writings of the contributors to this book appear truly to have originated from the heart. There is a sincerity about them that is palpable and very convincing, though some may find the material, a bit sickly sweet at times. I found this book also to be a very uplifting read, when read and savoured over time. Reading this book in a hurry could give you a mental crick in the neck.
I recommend this book highly to all those who are seeking new ways to enrich their spirituality from outside the boundaries of organized religion. It will bring you closer to your own true Self.

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