Nirvana in a Lockdown
Author: Abhirup Bhattacharya
Publisher: Rupa Publishers
Rating: 3/5

The term ‘Zen’ has been derived Japanese pronunciation of a Middle Chinese word ‘Chan’ which eventually translates into the Sanskrit word ‘Dhyan’ meaning meditation. It is imperative for each one of us to identify our zen and use it for our benefit. ‘Nirvana in a Lockdown’ is a self- help book that promises to guide the readers for 21 days and help them discover their inner zen.

Touching upon the importance of staying positive, active and productive, this book focuses on nirvana from faith, mind, emotions and equanimity and through self-development and the four noble truths. By faith, the author implies that one’s religion should not bound one, for all religions have a common purpose but the path might vary. The eventual peace is attained when the soul is free and there is no baggage. Thus, it is important to realize that nirvana from faith is just the first step. The author further explains the importance of positive emotions and the importance of getting rid of emotions one the whole because emotions make one weak. Thus, it is essential that one doesn’t get emotionally attached easily. This book also explores the concept of equanimity or ‘the state of psychological stability that is undisturbed by any external event’. The eventual happiness lies in the knowledge and realization of the fact that freedom from all pain and suffering can be attained by getting rid of all emotions and channelizing the thoughts to attain mental bliss.

The last part of the book explores the four noble truths that encourage everyone to identify the suffering, its cause, its solution and the path to the cessation of suffering. By following the necessary steps, one can come to grips with one’s truth and this will help in discovering inner zen.

Nirvana in a Lockdown is a breezy read that lists points that might already be known to the readers. Hence, it wouldn’t harm if some redundant paragraphs are skipped. The narrative is simple and not philosophical. This book can be given a try as it is a short read!

Best wishes to the author!

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