The Ouroborus. The Centaur. Narcissus. Joan of Arc. And the 26/11 Terror Attack on Mumbai. What is the underlying message they contain for us in these troubled times?
The Ouroborus is a mythological symbol of a snake swallowing its own tail. In doing so it forms a circle that represents both the cycle and the dualities of birth and death. It thus becomes a symbol of eternal unity, showing us what we truly are – not the mortal body but the immortal Consciousness.
Filled with unexpected strokes of humour, this collection of short essays emerged from the author’s interactions with a modern Sage and his teaching on Advaita, the Indian philosophy of non-duality.
The teaching was a reaffirmation of Gautam’s life experiences that provided invaluable lessons on true forgiveness, hope, life and death, which is reflected in these pages. All of this comes together in one of the final essays on the 26/11 terror attack – an important lesson for the turbulent world we live in today. At the core of these writings lies the universal message, conveyed with an enlightening perspective, of true love and forgiveness – the two forces that ultimately provide the healing touch.
A must read for all those who are interested not just in gaining theoretical knowledge, but in understanding how the teaching of non-duality impacts one’s daily living.