Saturday, 5 March 2016

Pookreads Book Review of Meditations by Marcus Aurelius




Basically, Meditations is Marcus Aurelius' 'Mann ki Baat'
Take a look at this quote:

“Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul.”

or this one:

“...because most of what we say and do is not essential. If you can eliminate it, you'll have more time and more tranquillity. Ask yourself at every moment, is this necessary…” 
(maybe I'm reading too much into it but the above quote can be about our habits concerning the use of social media)

Now known to us as Meditations, this is a personal philosophical diary of the last "good emperor" which was written while emperor fighting a war out on the border of the Roman Empire. Little did he know at the time that this creation of his note-taking habit would go on to become a classic in philosophical wisdom. A philosopher since age 12, Marcus is considered to be one of the three major Roman philosophers alongside Seneca and Epictetus. 

According to the maxims professed in this book the idea was to be an Authentic philosopher, who is interested in behavior in day to day life . An abstract theoretical philosophy would be of no use here if one were to develop inner strength and a quiet mind required to become a man of high character and integrity.
The deeds must reflect the words of the man preaching them. True that!

Meditations have some themes such as developing self-discipline to gain control over desires, overcoming the fear of death, living according to reason & the ability to retreat into one's inner citadel that keep recurring throughout the book and the wisdom nuggets on each and every page are sure to make the reader contemplate on the maxims on offer here.

Having read this book several times(36 is the precise number) in the past two years I can say that there is no right way to read this book. Go cover-to-cover or random page, all's good(haven't tried upside down though). I'm sure that the views of the emperor will stay with you after reading this book for a very long period of time. 

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