The Way of the Wizard: 20 spiritual lessons for creating the life you want

The beauty of the book is in the way the author has woven spiritual lessons in a mystical setting.

the-way-of-the-wizard-250by Deepak Chopra
Published by: Rider Books
ISBN: 0712608788
Pages: 169
Price: INR350

Eloquently profound

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. Even so, this book surprised me.

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.

Sample this:

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. Let me warn you that not everyone will enjoy or connect with this approach. If you are among those who wonder at the ways of the Universe, this book offers a glimpse.

Manoj Khatri
Manoj Khatri has spent the last two decades learning, teaching and writing about wellbeing and mindful living. He has contributed over 1500 articles for several newspapers and magazines including The Times of India, The Economic Times, The Statesman, Mid-Day, Bombay Times, Femina, and more. He is a counseling therapist and the author of What a thought!, a critically acclaimed best-selling book on self-transformation. An award-winning editor, Manoj runs Complete Wellbeing and believes that "peace begins with me".


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