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The Eloquence of Living: Meeting Life With Freshness, Fearlessness, and Compassion Paperback – December 1, 1989


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library; Stated First Printing edition (December 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0931432618
  • ISBN-13: 978-0931432613
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 6.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #283,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Srikrishna Ghadiyaram on February 1, 2004
Format: Paperback
The vision required to transform life into eloquent Living is explained by clarifying some key ideas. This small book with each page like a picture frame with a mat around, contains only a few small sentences (upto 5 or 6) on each page. Freedom, Relatedness, Religious Inquiry, Observation, Inner Order, Awareness, Silence, and Meditation are the key chapter/subject titles. Each topic is very well connected to the succeeding theme, providing a well drawn map for understanding. Each of them could be well expanded into a bulky book with commentary. To that extent, this may be a difficult book for a beginner. But, for some one who has already been exposed to life, and has been contemplating for some time, this book can provide a simple summary. Don't expect to sink all these ideas of this book at once into the mind. This book can be on a coffee table for occasional, repeated browsing.
Here are some crisp statements from the book.
on Freedom:
Page 3 :
"Unless we understand the content of our whole being, freedom cannot be.
Freedom is not a speculative, romantic game of imagining something which is not.
It is simply comprehension of what is."
On Relatedness:
Page 21:
"When you have the humility to be with people in the simplicity of what you are, not pretending to be what you are not, not trying to hide what you are, then communion takes place. You understand the other person more deeply than all knowledge could make possible."
On Religious Inquiry:
Page 33:
"The essence of religion is the personal discovery of the meaning of life, the truth of life.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Carol Wiseman on February 18, 2005
Format: Paperback
My son gave me this simple little book for Christmas and I treasure it. Even the term "Eloquence" elevated my life to a new level. Thakar addresses what seems like a small core of values, but they encompass a vast scope of essentials for living a life with courage and compassion. Simple reading, soft approach, vital message.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Spitzer on May 15, 2011
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Oh how I love this book!

Vimala Thakar writes beautifully and gives you lots to think about.

I bought this book as it was on the suggested reading list by OM Girl (its a blog). Then I went on to buy her other book on Raja Yoga. She is elegant and insightful and I am so glad I found her.

I will keep this book forever and one day when I am a more skilled Yoga Teacher, I will use it in my class and read the quotes.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By benny on June 14, 2001
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It is a greate guide to human beings who needs the help of preparing the his/her life with the esteemed smell. This book is leading one to achieve the emotional and psychological good perfume of life.
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