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Book ReviewVipassana means „insight‟ in the ancient Pali language.Somewhere on day five, half-way through the ten-day medi...
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Life Positive reviews my book "Inner Pilgrimage: Ten Days to a Mindful Me."

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  1. 1. http://www.rajilukkoor.com/
  2. 2. Book ReviewVipassana means „insight‟ in the ancient Pali language.Somewhere on day five, half-way through the ten-day meditation retreat that RajiLukkoor attends and records engagingly in the course of this book, she quotes WilliamHart (from „The Art of Living‟ – a book on vipassana): “All our lives … we have rarelytried to examine ourselves, our own mental and physical structure, our own actions, ourown reality. Therefore, we remain unknown to ourselves. We do not realise how harmfulthis ignorance is, how much we remain the slaves of forces within ourselves – of whichwe are unaware.”That insight unfolds for Raji in so dramatic a way that she immediately feels impelled toput down her experiences – documenting every single one of the ten days – in her ownstream-of-awareness style.So what we have is a gripping – often humorous – and very personal account of howshe learns to examine her „own reality‟ – guided by the voice of S N Goenka (thefounder of the ten-day programme), the instructors, and the processes of vipassanameditation.What begins with a simple series of grievances (“Oh no, the AC will dry out my nasalpassages”) and the typical mental niggles of an urban housewife adjusting to newphysical surroundings and changing habits in the middle of a group of meditatingstrangers gradually gives way to deeper levels of discomfort – emotional and physicaldisturbances – that she wrestles with, overcomes bravely, and honestly shares.Raji writes about her experiences with a keen sense of observation that is both amusingand instructive. To anyone reading her story, it is like a taking a co-journey into whathappens during the vipassana meditation retreat.by T. A. BasubramanianLife Positive

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