The Book of Joy
Violence, strife, oppression—how is it possible to find joy when treachery and misery consume the Earth? To answer this, exiled and exalted figures the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu spent a week together to pore over their perspectives and reflect on the Eight Pillars of Joy.
The Four Desires
According to Yogic tradition, our souls feature four desires: Dharma (duty), Artha (prosperity), Kama (pleasure), and Moksha (freedom). In harmony, these desires can lead to a fulfilled, content life. Imbalanced, we are apt to freefall into greed, addiction—you name it. Stryker, a yoga and meditation teacher, unlocks the process.
Mother of the Unseen World
Do you believe some souls are born enlightened? No? Mark Matousek was just like you—until he met Mother Meera, née Kamala Reddy. Born in rural India as a servant, her gifts became noticed at 10 years, and has since devoted her adult life to unlocking the divine in others.
Quest. Defined as “a long or arduous search for something,” there’s no better word to capture the experience of seeking meaning in life.
Why am I here? What is my purpose? Is there a supreme being? How do I find happiness?
As short as each of these questions may be, the answers are infinite and deeply, deeply personal. But simply asking them hints that your journey has already begun.
Although there are no quick-fixes toward enlightenment, we’ve rounded up seven books—new and old, and from women and men of all walks of life—that may help illuminate the possibilities within. Add them to your proverbial pack, along with intention, patience, and self-reflection, and get ready to hit the trail.
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