10/31/17 A Fistful Of Love: Wisdom and Humour From a Monk’s Bowl by Om Swami

Looking for inspirational reading is difficult because there is a lot to look through to find that message that reaches you. I was recently asked to read “A Fistful of Love: Wisdom and Humor From a Monk’s Bowl” by Om Swami, and these readings reached my heart and my mind. The messages are written in parables.

 

Each chapter has a spiritual and motivational message, that is easy to understand. These are lessons we all need to learn, know or be reminded of. What makes this book different from others inspirational writings? It catches your attention and keeps it. If you have to put the book down and come back to it, it’s easy to pick back up. The lessons are down to earth and provoke your own thoughts.

 

The humor in this book isn’t a belly laugh, it’s more of a chuckle with a lesson learned. It left me thinking about how lucky I am in my own life and how much money really doesn’t buy. On our recent trip to Pittsburgh we had a 10 hour drive. I read parts of the book out loud to my husband who was driving and soon my 15 year old son chimed in with questions from the back seat. I thought he had his ear buds in but he was listening.

Excerpt  – A Random Act of Kindness

“The question of my bread is a material question, but the question of my neighbor’s bread is a spiritual question.” ~ Nikolai Berdyaev

Nikolai Berdyaev was a Russian thinker and existentialist. His above quote is kindness in a nutshell. Compassion may just be limited to a feeling. It is a form of empathy, a sort of acceptance, but kindness is compassion accompanied with a gesture of giving.

An unexpected gift at an unexpected time given to an unexpected (or even unsuspecting) person with no expectations in return is a random act of kindness – a kind gesture towards someone who is not expecting anything from you. You do it because your heart is open. Our heart has a peculiar property: it can operate in both states – open and closed. An open heart is naturally kind, compassionate, and joyous. A closed heart blocks all positive emotions.

A closed heart does not mean the person is certain to be negative or unsuccessful. On the contrary, a person with a closed heart can be quite headstrong. They may be successful in their careers and positive about their material endeavors, but their heart remains closed towards understanding, appreciating, and expressing love and pain (of others).

Until you can understand the pain of the other person, your heart remains closed for any kindness; it remains blindly focused on your own agenda. The saddest part of a closed heart is that you only realize it was closed when it opens up. Those with a closed heart, unable to perform random or planned acts of kindness, don’t even know their heart is closed – just like the frog in the well that doesn’t know a sea exists outside. It is when the door of your heart opens a bit, even a little bit, you experience a whole new world of peace and bliss.

I once read somewhere, “On the gateway of my heart I wrote, ‘No thoroughfare.’ Love came passing by and said, ‘I enter everywhere.’ ” And when love comes, it never comes alone – it brings a ton of virtues in tow. It is impossible to be kind without being loving; you be one and you become the other automatically.

Once there was a rich man who mocked and scoffed at beggars. Anytime any beggar approached him for alms, he would chastise and cuss them saying they had fit bodies, were young and they ought to work and not beg. This went on for a while until one day God appeared and said, “Listen up, you. If you don’t have the heart to give, that’s fine, but at least don’t condemn what I gave them.”

Another way (not the best, but maybe the second best) is to not to be unkind. If you can’t or don’t want to give for any reason whatsoever, that may just be fine. At least don’t stop others or pollute your own mind virtues in tow. It is impossible to be kind without being loving; you be one and you become the other automatically.

Once there was a rich man who mocked and scoffed at beggars. Anytime any beggar approached him for alms, he would chastise and cuss them saying they had fit bodies, were young and they ought to work and not beg. This went on for a while until one day God appeared and said, “Listen up, you. If you don’t have the heart to give, that’s fine, but at least don’t condemn what I gave them.”

Another way (not the best, but maybe the second best) is to not to be unkind. If you can’t or don’t want to give for any reason whatsoever, that may just be fine. At least don’t stop others or pollute your own mind and speech by being negative about it. A random act of kindness need not always be a material offering. Even a word of encouragement, a compliment, a helping hand could be equally, if not more, profound.

When you regularly do random acts of kindness, one day, something amazing could happen: nature could choose you as the subject for its random act of kindness. Such kind acts are always happening in the universe, at every moment, to millions out there. Even the rains, breeze, snowfall, sunshine, flora and fauna, origination, sustenance – these are cosmic acts of kindness.

A man used to give a beggar $ 20 every month. He had been doing it for years. Once he did not pay the beggar and told him that he was sorry because he had to use the money to buy a bouquet for his wife. “What?” the beggar asked agitatedly, “you spent my money on her?”

Just because we have something doesn’t mean it is ours. No one is an owner in our universe; everyone is a medium, a custodian at the most. Whatever you share, it grows; this is the fundamental law of the universe. When you share rage, anger grows in you; when you share love, love grows in you; when you share contempt, hatred grows in you; when you share knowledge, wisdom grows in you and when you share your time, peace grows in you. When you share what you have, you grow as a person.

Make random acts a regular affair and nature will reciprocate in kind.

Fist Full Of Love by Om SwamiFistful Of Love by Om Swami

Publisher: Black Lotus (Sept. 24, 2015)
Category: Humor & Entertainment, Self Help, Psychology, Spiritual, & Motivational
Tour dates: Aug-Oct, 2017
ISBN: 978- 0994002778
Available in Print & ebook, 212 pages
A Fistful Of Love

A man was sitting with his friends in a local inn. After a couple of drinks, he asked his friends, “Do you love me?” “Of course, we do,” they replied. “So do you know what I need?” No one answered. “If you don’t know what I need then how can you say you love me?” To love and to be loved is the most basic human need. No wonder we are attracted to people who give us attention, care about us, and love us. Yet, love also remains the greatest challenge in most relationships. Why?

A Fistful of Love is a collection of insightful, thought-provoking nuggets of wisdom appreciated by millions around the world. This book is full of humor and narratives most beautifully woven into learnings of life that will make you stop and think.

Praise for Fistful Of Love by Om Swami

“This is a strong novel about love and hope and really gives you the tools you need to improve your outlook on life and relationships. I liked the way that this was set up, the writing style was well done and easy to follow. There were many lighthearted and comedic things thrown in that keeps this novel light and spirited.”-Momma G, My Reading Addiction

“Om Swami’s voice is clear and true. He offers sage wisdom in easy to understand language. Knowing he is a younger monk with a contemporary background makes him very relatable.”- KerryPhilo, Amazon Reviewer

“The book is not only a delight and joy to read, but also so insightful and enlightening. Strongly recommend this beautiful book written in such an easy and clear style.”-Amazon Reviewer

“Precious words of wisdom narrated in a pleasant lighthearted way that inspires both mind and soul. The words of wisdom especially on love and relationship are truly indispensable.”-Rose, Amazon Reviewer

About Om Swami

Om Swami is a monk who lives in a remote place in the Himalayan foothills. He has a bachelor degree in business and an MBA from Sydney, Australia. Swami served in executive roles in large corporations around the world. He founded and led a profitable software company with offices in San Francisco, New York, Toronto, London, Sydney and India.

Om Swami completely renounced his business interests to pursue a more spiritual life. He is the bestselling author of Kundalini: An Untold Story, A Fistful of Love and If Truth Be Told: A Monk’s Memoir.

His blog omswami.com is read by millions all over the world.

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3 comments for “10/31/17 A Fistful Of Love: Wisdom and Humour From a Monk’s Bowl by Om Swami

  1. Garima
    September 12, 2017 at 1:49 am

    I am so glad you enjoyed the book and with your family at that.

    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful review.

  2. September 12, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    I’m so glad you enjoyed ‘A Fistfull of Love’!

  3. Buddy Garrett
    October 30, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    The lessons about improving outlooks on life interests me.

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