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Useful and worth reading
on April 1, 2006
I learned of this book at a lecture on Ayurvedic medicine, which was the first time I had heard about these practices.
I agree with the other reviewers who praised Tiwari's prose. In general the book is relaxing and easy to read.
I also agree with the reviewers who found some of the religious imagery a bit over the top. I think most of the anecdotes come across as far-fetched, wishful thinking.
Nevertheless, the recipes are useful, and it also serves as a nice reference for a variety of meditation practices. Much of what she says strikes a balance between traditional practices and modern-day life with Western medicine. I like that she doesn't completely discount science, although some of her advice (to drink rainwater, for example, as if it's safe to do that anywhere!) seems ignorant and unsafe to me.
Perhaps what I found most frustrating is that Tiwari herself has chosen to effectively 'check out' of society. I would find her more useful as a role model if she had found a way to merge her Vedic practices with a successful career doing something other than teaching meditation, cooking and music while living in a log cabin.