4 out of 4 stars
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DIGGING FOR GOD is a book written by Tom Hillman about the experiences of living in an ashram. This book is a perfect guide for those who are contemplating going to the ashram, to seek peace and harmony.
The author takes you to an ashram away from the noise and hustle-bustle of the city. The ashram is set in a countryside location close to the ocean and surrounded by beautiful trees and waterfalls. The stay in the ashram is for three weeks, and no women are allowed in the ashram. The food is delicious and mostly vegetarian. On weekends you are free from service and can enjoy trekking or swimming. There is plenty of entertainment in the ashram. At the ashram, each person is fighting his own battle to attain peace and find God. If you are looking for harmony and spirituality, there is no better place than the ashram to start.
What I liked most about this book is that the author shares a detailed timetable followed at the ashram. This timetable gives you a clear picture of what to expect if you are thinking about going to the ashram. There is a designated time for food, prayer, meditation, recreation, and service. People in the ashram are always ready to cooperate, as each one is trying his best to do good. Talking is limited in the ashram. The author tells us that meditation is the essence of the ashram. They have guided and unguided meditation services to help you focus on your quest for God.
There is nothing that I disliked about this book. The author's description of the ashram makes it sound like the best place in the world and heavenly. This book is only 19 pages long, but it has enough information about life in an ashram. The author has written the book in second-person that is a brilliant idea because it takes you through a virtual tour through the ashram and makes you see it through your own eyes. Reading the book will bring a feeling of calmness and will make you appreciate the beauty of living a simple and humble life. The book also tells how meditation helps us to disconnect from the worldly materialistic life and connect with God.
This book is well-written and professionally edited. I give this book 4 out of 4 stars and recommend it to all adults above the age of 18. If you are thinking about going to the ashram and need a firsthand opinion about what you should expect, then this is a must-read book for you.
Digging for God
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