I picked this one accidentally. But then the author reminded me in this book: there are no accidents in this universe.
That Deepak Chopra is a prolific writer is common knowledge. But this book surprised even me, who has read hundreds of books in the genre of philosophy and spirituality, including many authored by Chopra himself.
Chopra uses the backdrop of the crystal cave in which the legendary wizard Merlin trained his most famous apprentice, Arthur, in the ways of wizardry. Still in his boyhood, Arthur learns 20 spiritual truths from the great wizard. These truths would serve him for the rest of his life—especially as King of England.
Lessons are described and discussed first from the wizard’s point of view, followed by a section aimed at helping the reader to grasp the deeper meaning of the lesson. Each lesson concludes with a section titled ‘Living with the lesson’ where Chopra offers perspectives to help the reader apply Merlin’s teachings in everyday life.
The dialogues that take place between Merlin and Arthur are exquisite and thought-provoking.
One time Arthur was scared out of his wits when Merlin ran around brandishing a huge butcher’s knife like a madman. “What are you doing?” the boy asked in terror.
“Thinking,” Merlin replied. “Don’t you think this way?” “No,” Arthur said. Merlin suddenly stopped. “Ah, then I must be mistaken. My impression was that all mortals used their minds like knives cutting and dissecting. I wanted to see what that was like. If I may say so, there is a good deal of violence hidden in what you mortals call rationality.”
The book ends with a section outlining the seven steps of alchemy beginning at birth leading up to total transformation.
The beauty of the book is in the way the author has woven the spiritual lessons in a mystical setting.
If you are among those who wonder at the ways of the Universe, this book gives you a profound glimpse.