Sunday, November 20, 2016

The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama is a record of two weeks' conversation between him and the Archbishop Desmond Tutu, occasionally driven by questions asked by people around the world. I'd like to believe that at least once in their lifetime, everyone in the world has read something (or heard a quote) by the 14th Dalai Lama.

We have learnt to turn to wise men, philosophers, scientists and other professionals for truths. I think the greatest value of this book is that it teaches you to turn inwards and listen instead.

I was one who seeks, and I still am, but I no longer seek in the stars or in books; I'm beginning to hear the teachings of my blood pulsing within me. 
- Demian, by Hermann Hesse

Demian is a book that I saw on friday while browsing Kinokuniya's online store during lectures. I bought it the same day, but later went back and exchanged the newest translation for an older (and better) one. It was a dual language translation, meaning the left page is in German and the right page in English! So I get to learn a bit of German on the way lol.

This book is one of those mysterious creations which are not only wonderful in themselves, but also drop into your lap as if in answer to your thoughts at the time. It's as if Herr Hesse heard me and wrote a novel length answer—a feeling that the entire Germany seems to have shared at the time the book was published in 1919.

This isn't a book that provides answers—and more and more I'm growing leery of books (or anything else, really) which claim to do that—but rather it grabs your soul and squeezes tight. In the middle tears were startled from me ("Ist denn der Weg für jeden so schwer?") and the ending was one of the most unforgettable and striking I have ever read.  


On another note, BTS won the Best Album Award at MMA last night!!! (≧◡≦) I was totally rooting for them hehe. Such a fangirl. Now I should go study about the mysteries of the eye.

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