Understanding, the Simplicity of Life
on May 10, 2012
Colin’s book is a clear, concise and uncomplicated presentation of the core ideas of Advaita Vedanta. Over the years I have read many self-help books, and books that explain various ideologies. Colin’s is the first book that didn’t ramble on and on, repeating the same thing over and over again with a car salesman’s fervor filling up space by promising content but only making something simple into something that sounds difficult. «Understanding» is a book that makes something complex into something simple. The ideas are universal, personal, and intimate. They connect the physical being and the spiritual world in a way that makes perfect sense. There is no unnecessary convincing, merely simple explanations that not only makes sense, but which are well reflected in the theories and concepts of psychology and physiology. I recognized the similarities and think that this philosophy provides a great framework for dealing with life and being able to recognize what is happening to us, so that we can work towards inner peace and acceptance of what is. A highly readable book. Each chapter begins with a serene illustration that is symbolic of the content overlain with a quote from the wisdom of Lao Tzu and others. Reading it was a balm. I never felt in a hurry to “get to the point” as each chapter was a point, an “ah ha” that sat quietly and comfortably where it belonged and provided a recognition of innate knowledge put into words.