Readers looking for personal transformation and better self-understanding will find six principles to use as touchstones in this debut self-help book.
Nandula’s debut work begins with a series of challenging questions: “What is the meaning of life for me?” “Why do I need to transform?” “What is your purpose in life?” “Where is your life heading?” These provide a framework for describing the six “Universal Principles” that form the basis of the book, which include such concepts as “Design and Purpose,” “Order and Rhythm,” “Oneness,” “Abundance,” “Freedom” and “Responsibility.” Boxes scattered throughout each unit, in which readers can write down their own ruminations, encourage them to think about and question themselves. It’s a clever way to make readers a part of a book. Nandula then delves into the curious, complementary realms of religion and psychology. Although the religion section might have offered better overall descriptions of the major world religions, it neatly divides them up by their philosophies and requirements, such as charity or alms-giving, and then draws connections between them. Likewise, the psychology section bypasses the basics and instead explores psychologist Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and Erik Erikson’s developmental theories. Nandula’s treatment of the complex dichotomies of each stage of life also offers many intimate stories. The sections on old age, in particular, are full of compassion, and aim to see beyond the end of life to show how all people return back to energy. At every turn, this lovely volume traces a pathway back to its Universal Principles; it comes full circle with another series of interactive questions, such as “If it were not for money, what are the things that you would love to do?” and “What would you require to be who you really want to be?” It ends with a moving concept: Only now, it says, can readers begin the journey of transformation.
A book that brings together many excellent self-help elements, including analysis, introspection and superb conceptual connections.