“There are no Ordinary Moments. Life is a Moving Experience.”
There is a warrior in all of us waiting to rise when the occasion demands. Glimpses of this ‘hidden warrior’ are seen every now and then when life forces us to change, making our existence a matter of survival. Many have been the paths the warrior takes – from ruthless aggression to infinite peace; each battle telling a different story, hoping that lessons would be learnt for the goal always remains the same.
The Way of the Peaceful Warrior is a simplistically written, brilliant piece of work. The true-life story of one man who choose against all odds to hear his inner calling by silencing the outer noise. The book chronicles the journeys of Dan Millman along with the teachings of his eccentric teacher ‘Socrates’. Filled with purpose, passion and intense energy the book hopes to awakening the warrior in all its readers.
Breaking through the ‘web of illusion’ the master takes the young pupil to the very edge of the universe confronting him with the paradox of life, looking beyond the obvious, seeking what is truly immortal. It is in the non-existence of form that life truly exists. Leaps of Awareness bring with them the realization that, ‘the body of consciousness’ does not reside in the physical form but is an entity that is constantly expanding with every living thing – it cannot be contained by anything or anyone, only experienced.
The secret of becoming a ‘Peaceful Warrior’ lies then in experiencing every emotion in its entirety and immediately letting go of it. It is the attachment to objects, feelings and sentiments that has become the bane of mankind. ‘Stress happens when the mind resists what is.’
Through the prophetic teachings and constant experiments of his master, Millman faces death several times only to be reborn again and again to embark upon the journey truly becoming a ‘living being.’ It is after having lost everything, that Millman finally realizes that, ‘happiness, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.’ Happiness is indeed a full tank and Joy a way of life.
In his final lesson Socrates teaches Millman that ‘the peaceful warrior’s way is not about invulnerability, but absolute vulnerability.’ Unless you open your heart to the universe completely you will never experience what it is to come alive. Always ‘give people what they want until they want what you give them.’
The book appeals to all age groups, its intent to bring the ‘dead back to life’; for people have long forgotten what it is to LIVE! A book that encourages you to ‘lose your mind just so that you can come back to your senses once again.’
– Reviewed by Noor Fathima