BOOKS BY DR ASHOK BEDI
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The Spiritual Paradox of Addiction, Ashok Bedi MD and Fr Joe H Pereira (Better Yourself Books, 2017)
In their clinical and pastoral experience, the authors have found that addicts have high degrees of Spiritual drive with concurrent faith deficit which impedes their capacity to engage their transcendent drive for spiritual engagement. This spiritual drive then implodes into addictions. Contemplative practices may help in restoration of the faith and provide and alternative path to transcendence and recovery.
“What addicts often suffer from is what the authors term a “Faith Deficit”. To use their words: “Addicts have a great hunger for the transcendent, coupled with a deficit in faith.” The authors give different case histories to substantiate this. The book seeks to combine the AA 12-step programme, the insights of Psychology, the techniques of Yoga, the teachings drawn from different religious traditions and so on, harnessing them all to set free the captives of addiction.” [pp 13,14]. Alcoholics Anonymous is a programme of recovery developed basically for alcoholics. Successfully tried and tested by and at the Kripa Foundation per se, the use of AA’s 12-Steps in connection with programmes and activities patterned after AA for addressing other problems, i.e. in any other non-AA contexts, offers vast scope for recovery from addiction of various kinds. Significantly, the suggestions in this book may be used to complement any treatment programme, under the guidance of qualified addiction treatment specialists, and not in lieu of recommended treatment even as the person is encouraged to use his/her own religious and spiritual traditions to engage the spiritual dimension of recovery. - The Examiner
In the shared clinical and pastoral experience of the co-authors, addicts are highly spiritual individuals who lack the faith apparatus to make a connection with their spiritual drive. They regress to a non-ordinary spiritual experience via the addiction of their choice: be it alcohol, drugs, food, sex, gambling, pornography, internet or addictive relationships. Our experience has shown that when their faith deficit is restored, it has a salutary impact on their recovery, sobriety and healing. This book explores the process of faith restoration from clinical and pastoral experience as well as from the perspectives of Jungian psychology. - St Pauls
A BOOK aimed at shedding light on the psychological and spiritual origins of substance addiction, The Spiritual Paradox of Addiction, was launched at the Mumbai Press Club on Monday 4 September 2017. The book is by Dr Ashok Bedi, a Jungian psychoanalyst, co-authored by Father Joseph Pereira, who started the first Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) through his parish in Mumbai and also started the Kripa Foundation that aims to help alcoholics recover.
“There is no chemical solution for a chemical dependency. These individuals have a faith deficit, i.e they have a powerful spiritual drive but a faith deficit in their ego leading to addiction. One cannot be cured from an addiction but can recover by reviving faith and engaging the mind and the body,” said Father Pereira.
“The Spiritual Paradox of Addiction is our shared understanding of this paradox and of how to untangle its mystery to rekindle the urge for recovery, sobriety and by way of bringing about a spiritual awakening in addicts and help them claim a conscious, loving connection with grace from the divine,” said Dr Bedi.
Crossing the Healing Zone: From Illness to Wellness, Ashok Bedi MD (Nicolas-Hays, 2013)
The medicine of the 20th century was about the treatment of illness. The medicine of the 21st century is about wellness. Crossing the Healing Zone advances the new concepts of the emerging frontiers of integrative medicine, bringing together Eastern and Western healing traditions and merging body, mind, and spirit in a Jungian perspective. The journey through the Healing Zone that Dr. Bedi proposes is guided by archetypes and myths, active imagination, dreams and synchronicities, and the neuroplastic mysteries of our complex physical reality.
The Healing Zone can be described in many ways—as the fourth dimension of consciousness, as quantum consciousness, as Jung’s “psychoid space,” as the Buddhist Third Way, or as the “gap” between the ego and the soul. Here, we can access all three areas of the triune brain — reptilian, limbic, and neocortical — all of which must be addressed in order to achieve full integration and healing. The Healing Zone is a bridge between the ego and the soul — a bridge that we can cross to reach the healing wisdom of the universe.
Dr. Bedi outlines how to work with psychological and soul processes in moving from illness to wellness, and provides practical methods and techniques that can help readers access and engage the Healing Zone. The book contains informative and visual guidelines and practices that can help us create and manage our own personal wellness programs and become full and active partners in our own journeys from illness to wellness.
Awaken the Slumbering Goddess: The Latent Code of the Hindu Goddess Archetypes (BookSurge, 2007)
Life rarely works out as we planned it. Often it works out worse and sometimes better than we planned. It is my hypothesis, based on extensive clinical experience as a psychiatrist and a psychoanalyst - that when we live life out of the outer fringes of our psyche, it works out worse than we hoped for. When we live life out of the deeper center of our psyche - our Soul, it plays out much better than we anticipated. Life lived out of our Ego - the center of our outer, conscious personality is lived on the outer fringes of our potential. Life lived in tune with the Soul, the center of our deepest personality and the pacemaker of our destiny, blossoms to its fullest potential. The soul conveys its message via the latent code of archetypes or timeless wisdom templates that have crystallized in human consciousness over several million years of experience as a species. This latent code lives in myths and stories of each culture. In this book, I have presented one such group of stories or wisdom templates. This is the latent code of Shakti - the life force that energies and guides us on our life course. These are the stories of mysterious goddesses of Hindu culture, collectively called Shakti or Spiritual energy that can help us live out of our soul.
Welcome to the realm of Shakti - the inner goddess in every man and every woman. Whenever we are dealing with personal crisis, life transition, a new beginning, a traumatic event, a medical or psychological problem, a relationship tangle, a major life decision, some spiritual or psychological crossroad, this latent code is activated by our soul to guide us. This helps us to make an informed decision consistent with our life purpose and spiritual calling. For each specific life problem, there is a corresponding aspect of the latent code that spurs us onto our path. To prepare for a new endeavor, the latent code of the goddess of arts and academics Saraswati steps in. To attain peace and prosperity, the code of Laxmi guides our path. When we walk the line between self assertion and mutuality, code of Parvati guides our path. When we are struggling to tame the dark and dysfunctional aspects of our personality, the code of Kali helps us trim our shadow. Life transitions often call for a period of void and inner emptiness before new life structures could be created. The code of the great grandmother Aditi presides over our inner void and new creations. When we are trying to integrate the opposites in our nature, the latent code of the archetype of the sacred marriage - the dance of the masculine Shiva and the eternal feminine Shakti provide a useful template.
REVIEW - A physicist's view (from Amazon) - Awaken the Slumbering Goddess: The Latent Code of the Hindu Archetypes
My interest in Dr. Ashok Bedi's literary work began with his first book Path to Soul, published in the year 2000. From then on, I have carefully followed his writings that include Accidents & Synchronicity, and Retire Your Family Karma. In his latest book Awaken the Slumbering Goddess, Dr. Bedi has accomplished a seamless integration of Indian existentialist thought, traditions, and practices with the Western Jungian psychoanalysis. Lest I be misunderstood, let me state that, I am not a psychologist, nor a psychiatrist, nor a psychoanalyst. I am a theoretical physicist. And as such, what struck me as the unique in Awaken the Slumbering Goddess is the parallel between psychoanalysis and existentialist constructs of Hindu Goddesses on one hand, and physics and mathematics on the other. In physics, the seemingly disparate phenomenological universe is made sense of and comprehended through a process that we can call concretization. What this means is that reality is expressed as mathematical relations that follow logical patterns. Thus, the abstract becomes concrete (or comprehensible), and then concrete is either objectively validated or refuted by experience or experiment. I believe Dr. Bedi has subtly grasped this scientific methodology. Dr. Bedi clearly understands that the Hindu Goddesses and Gods are the archetypes of human condition governed by an existentialist logic, and that these Goddesses and Gods represent a distillation and "concretization" of eons of human experiences, struggles, thoughts, and reflections of a vast, hoary, and living civilization. Dr. Bedi's psychoanalytic descriptions of Goddesses are accurate, correct, and authentic. A great amount of unbiased and objective research has gone into characterization of the Goddesses as archetypes of existential transitions, travails, and struggles of human race surpassing the bounds of time, space, and race. Since human experience is not mathematically quantifiable, it is only through the existentialist paradigm that we can grasp it, and apply it to ameliorate human crises; and thus the necessity and universality of the archetypes represented by the Goddesses. Dr. Bedi has brought about this essential indivisibility of Jungian with Goddesses with the ease and comfort of a quantum physicist - who is at once comfortable in the world of particle and wave. No doubt, Dr. Bedi's innate knowledge and experience with Indian thought and traditions, and his long experience as a working physician-psychiatrist, and classical training in Western medical, psychiatric and Jungian psychoanalytic sciences in England, USA, and India have clearly helped him. Also, Dr. Bedi's deep insight and vast experience in expertly applying Jungian psychoanalytic approaches to problems of mental and psychological health have also stood him in good stead. Dr. Bedi's seamless integration of the existentialist world of Hindu Goddesses and Jungian psychoanalysis is a unique and valuable scholarly, practical contribution. His approach is unbiased and objective, yet holistic and empathetic. It is scholarly, yet rooted in practice as a working physician. I think Dr. Bedi's work will set a canon that will guide future scholars and professionals in the essential integration of the European Jungian and the Eastern worlds.
Alkesh Punjabi, PhD March 7, 2008
Professor of Physics and Mathematics
Director, Center for Nuclear Fusion Research
Hampton University, Hampton VA 23668, USA
REVIEW - A physician's view (from Amazon) - Awaken the Slumbering Goddess: The Latent Code of the Hindu Archetypes
This is a book that works on many levels and should be of interest to a large group of readers beyond those who have found themselves engaged in Hinduism or Hindu Iconography. There are, for instance, the psychologists looking for ways of understanding the psyche and its travels and travails. There are the scholars of the East. There are comparative-religion students embracing one side or the other of the controversy regarding Eurocentric views of Hindu religious life. The Wendy Donigers et al who would analyze from a western Freudian view the complexities of the Hindu Pantheon. There are American Hindus of Indian Origin, never fully endowed with their own heritage. Tibetan Buddhist Vajrayana and Dzogchen students attempting to broaden their own understanding of their esotericism and Yantra Yoga traditions. Athletic yoga students feeling the pull of spirituality invading their athleticism. In short, there is much here for many of us. In short, seekers and searchers of many hues should be attracted to this book.
Written in an extremely accessible style, using the five manifestations of the female Deity figure, this book presents a landscape and a journey and a journal that all of us would find useful. The author presents cases from his extensive psychiatric practice for illustration, a method the works well to underscore the varied natures and manifestations of the Hindu Goddess pantheon. Particularly engrossing is his discussion of Kali, whose manifests the energy of destruction and of Aditi who helps to clear the ground to allow us to rebuild. Laxmi, Parvati and Saraswati are all presented as well and are shown to be useful metaphors with which we may view, enrich, enliven and perhaps rebuild our lives.
Dr. Bedi offers us many valuable lessons, each of them framed in a very readable and enjoyable style. Never talking down to his audience, he makes even the most complex Jungian and Iconographic concepts well within our grasp. I heartily enjoyed the book and would think it worthwhile for a broad audience.
David Shapiro, MD Internal Medicine, Milwaukee, WI
We reap what we sow, but we also reap what others before us have sown. If we do this unconsciously, we find ourselves victims of unfortunate circumstances, but if we are conscious of what we have taken on from our family legacy, we can turn it around. In this book, we learn to recognise our karmic inheritance and settle our family's karmic accounts so we can redirect our energies in accord with our own true path.
Doctors Bedi and Matthews have worked with people who have carried the burden of their families' best achievements, worst failures, and unrealized dreams. With their experience, we learn to recognize our karmic inheritance and settle our family's karmic accounts so we can redirect our energies in accord with our own true path and passion, our soul's calling. Bedi and Matthews explain how ancestral karma gets energetically encoded in the chakras of our subtle body and manifests as chakra blockages or overactivity. They provide case histories from their patients, an analysis of the Kennedy family history, as well as the archetypal example of the history of the House of Atreus - the Greek legacy of family betrayal stemming from Tantalus to Atreus and Thyestes, to Agamemnon and finally, Orestes. In addition to these examples and illuminating case studies, the authors teach us how to use dreamwork, journaling, and diagramming our family tree as tools for identifying and overcoming inherited karma.
To totally comprehend our roots and to realize our destiny, we must look beyond our individual life and understand our ancestral context in order to make sense of our journey. Once we have identified the blessings and the curses we have inherited, we have the possibility of choice. The best way to break old patterns is to work on establishing new ones.
REVIEW - from Amazon - Retire Your Family Karma
Karma is a Hindu concept that emphasizes the consequences of the choices we make. This book applies the concept of karma to the family matrix. It shows how we are affected by the choices of previous generations of our ancestors and how the choices we make in our lifetime will affect several generations after. It emphasizes the concept of responsibility to ourselves and those who follow us.
Ashok Bedi, MD and Boris Matthews, PhD (both Jungian psychoanalysts) have put together an ambitious 172 page book that is a blending of Jungian psychology and Eastern spirituality . It is well written and contains a wealth of information.
Their book illustrates many concepts, drawing from clinical cases, the bible, mythology and history. They cover such concepts as maya, karma, and dharma along with the Chakras of Kundalini Yoga and morphogenic fields. Numerous Jungian concepts are also delineated including archetypal patterns, complexes and dream analysis. Finally, there is a chapter on constructing family genograms.
The authors clearly illustrate how we may subconsciously carry on patterns of family karma which ultimately get in the way of actualizing our full potential. It is emphasized that we must become conscious of these subconscious patterns to understand ourselves better, leading to more informed choices. Only then may we free ourselves and those who follow us from maladaptive generational patterns. This "retiring" of family karma leads us closer to our true calling (dharma).
Several sections may require more than one reading for a deeper understanding, as the authors attempt to cover a lot of ground in this book. (One might refer to Dr. Bedi's book, Path to the Soul, for further elaboration on certain topics.) The reader may struggle with various concepts, as I did, such as past life karma and certain aspects of morphogenic fields. Ultimately though, the authors define a way of understanding individual and family dynamics in a broader psychological and spiritual context.
REVIEWS - from Amazon - Retire Your Family Karma
Highly recommend for healing long-term life issues!
This is a really good book combining Jungian Psychology with the wisdom of the Eastern Chakra system to bring home the point that what we are experiencing in our lifetime is just one chapter in the larger story of our lineage. The book inspires one to tap into the inherited gifts to change what can be changed and to accept what cannot with grace and the knowledge that even in simply accepting we are "doing" something for retiring the family karma. Highly recommend this book for healing the pain from long term issues.
Excellent guide to understanding family karma!
This book was written as a clear guide for me as I worked through the exercises and gathered information from both my parents. I would highly recommend to anyone who is on a path of self healing.
Path to the Soul (Samuel Weiser, Inc., 2000)
Path to the Soul provides an important evolutionary leap in the rapidly evolving understanding of our psychological and spiritual essence. Drawing from Hindu and Christian spiritual wisdom, biological medicine, psychiatric technique, and over twenty-five years of clinical experience, Dr. Bedi has created a highly effective and integrated treatment approach to problems associated with both medical and psychiatric illness. He explains the Hindu concepts of maya, karma, and dharma, and builds a bridge between psychological dis-ease and our intrinsic hunger for spiritual union. Each symptom is seen as a crucial whisper from our soul, and if we understand its message, it can lead us to psychological balance.
The author aims to demonstrate the link between psychological disease and an intrinsic hunger for spiritual union. Each symptom is seen as a crucial whisper from the soul, that if understood, can lead towards increasing levels of psychological balance. The book also explains how Dr. Bedi's system of Kundalini diagnosis has a positive effect for patients.
REVIEW - from Amazon - Path to the Soul
Spirituality and Psychology Rejoined - by Boris L. Matthews August 31, 2000
It is unfortunate that psychology and spirituality have followed separate paths for most of the last century. In fact, spirituality and psychology/psychotherapy are two sides of the same phenomenon, viewed from different angles. For all - clinicians as well as serious non-clinicians - who lament the view that compartmentalizes our concerns as medical, psychiatric, psychological, and spiritual, Ashok Bedi's Path to the Soul is a timely, rich, and nourishing fare. In Path to the Soul, Bedi integrates contemporary psychiatry, aspects of psychosomatic medicine, depth analysis, and fundamental spiritual concepts that enable him and his patients to better understand their physical, emotional, and spiritual complexity, and connect more fully with their souls, the well-spring of meaning and fulfillment. Bedi persuasively argues that failing to recognize and honor the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual archetypal patterns that govern our lives and are shared by the great spiritual traditions can eventuate in psychological, psychiatric, and medical problems. For example, psychological problems interfere with our realizing our spiritual gifts, and can manifest as medical and/or psychiatric conditions. The common denominator underlying Bedi's integrated viewpoint is the Hindu concept of dharma. Dharma's four main divisions are the archetypal "laws of being" at work on the personal, social, typically human, and universal levels of existence. Throughout the book Bedi expounds on three key concepts intimately related to the fulfillment or failure to fulfill dharma: karma (actions and their necessary consequences); our complexes (i.e., our "hang-ups"); and the significance and function of the seven primary Kundalini chakras. The chakras are essentially energy fields that govern various physical, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of life. Our experiences in the various areas of life create complexes of memory, behavior, expectation, and emotion that localize in the relevant chakra. When we need to act from a certain chakra, the complexes in that chakra condition the actions we are able to take. The actions we take lead to expectable consequences (actions + consequences = karma), hence the interrelationship of the chakras, dharma (in its four aspects), and complexes. To traverse the path to the soul, we have to take all these elements into account. Work at this level is prerequisite to the does not involve To take one example, we all know the experience of "fire in the belly" (a positive complex of expectation, enthusiasm, and the experience of past successes and failures) that propels us toward realization of some goal. "Fire in the belly" corresponds to the third chakra, located near the solar plexus. The life pattern of the third chakra is that of the spiritual warrior, but when unbalanced it manifests as the tyrant or the drudge. Physical dysfunctions of the third chakra include stomach and gastro-intestinal problems, fatigue, overweight, etc. The person with a balanced third chakra respects self and others, and can take initiative and exercise personal power. Similarly, each of the other six chakras governs a range of physical, psychological, and spiritual phenomena, all of which Bedi clearly characterizes and illustrates with poignant clinical vignettes. There is much "news you can use" in Bedi's book. The clinical vignettes are informative; the "Points to Ponder" at the end of each chapter help the reader review the material just covered; dream work, active imagination, journaling, meditation, creative writing and painting, etc., are valuable ways to attend to the soul. As a practicing psychotherapist and Jungian analyst, I find Bedi's approach personally and clinically valuable. I will recommend Path to clients who are attempting to integrate the spiritual, psychological, and physical dimensions of their lives.
REVIEW - from Amazon - Path to the Soul
By Dinshah D. Gagrat, MD, Director of Adult Services, Milwaukee Psychiatric Hospital and Assistant Clinical Professor, Medical College of Wisconsin - September 19, 2001
In the wake of the devastating terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 I read, once again, a little gem of a book - "Path to the Soul" by my friend and colleague, Dr. Ashok Bedi. Like almost every other American that day, I sat stunned, watching the horrifying images unfold on my TV screen. I experienced the entire gamut of emotions from anger and fear, to shocked helplessness and frustration. As it has in the past, the book helped. I found myself wondering, however, how and why it helped and came to an obvious answer. Dr. Bedi's book is ultimately about restoring balance - the physical, psychological, and spiritual balance that is so important to help us actualize what Dr. Bedi refers to as our "Dharmic potential".
A psychopharmacologist by expertise, I often see challenging, seriously ill patients in whom I employ medications to correct imbalances of the neurochemical transmitters in their brains. At the same time, these patients rarely improve without an understanding of why they have developed these symptoms in the first place, and how imprudent or inappropriate choices have disconnected them from their ability to understand their emotions. Dr. Bedi explains in a way that is readily understandable and comprehensive, the ancient and ageless concepts of Maya, Karma, and Dharma. He explains how physical and psychological symptoms can be seen not only as symbols, but as "whispers from our souls" that actually point the way to a deeper understanding of ourselves, and ultimately, to Moksha or liberation.
What Dr. Bedi has done is unique. He has combined Jungian psychoanalytic insight with his own finely-honed clinical intuition. He has then added his own blend of Christian and Hindu spiritual wisdom to provide a truly integrated approach to treatment. He has described the seven Chakras of Kundalini Yoga and illustrated, with actual clinical vignettes, how Karmic complexes can obscure our pathway to the soul, and can be reconfigured towards Dharma.
The ultimate test of any meaningful art or science is whether it truly helps us to experience the world in a different way than we did before. In this endeavor, Dr. Bedi has succeeded admirably. Every time I peruse those pages I look at my patients with a new insight and understanding. I also have increased understanding of my own fears, doubts, dreams and life events. This book invites and facilitates the kind of simple but profound clarity of thought that helps us cope. It is the path to an island of peace in the turbulent, chaotic ocean of life, as we know it today.
REVIEW - from Amazon - Path to the Soul
Balance and Harmony - Customer - September 12, 2000
Dr. Bedi, in a sensitive and compelling manner, provides the reader with a map to explore a journey toward psychological and spiritual individuation and the Path to the Soul - "a sacred place where the soul lives." He carefully discusses metapsychology and psychodynamic theory and understanding as he successfully integrates it with the spiritual dimensions of ones life. What is especially helpful is his use of clinical vignettes to introduce us to and to illuminate the Eastern, Hindu way of understanding the meanings of life, a life in harmony which is centered psychologically as well as spiritually. Dr. Bedi throughout the book, weaves the various dimensions that gives the "path" a texture that is both hopeful and optimistic. It provides the reader a context and guidelines for understanding the deeper meaning in each individual's unique life and perhaps as importantly, what is necessary for each of us to move forward on the Path to the Soul. He shares with us the importance of reflecting actively and respecting our inner life; of "knowing" in relation to knowledge, which Dr. Bedi convincingly notes is adaptive and the precursor to doing (action). Woven throughout the texture is his discussion of the various and complex developmental tasks, both the spiritual and emotional,and how their intersection and parallel development leads to and adds to the richness of ones self. The author provides the reader with a window and a lens to explore the spiritual wisdom with ones psychological insight. His discussion of creativity and the importance of "honoring it" through the freedom to explore, stimulates the reader's own associations and explorations. Other important subjects he draws together of Eastern spirituality and Western psychiatry include ethics and courage and their importance in the achievement of dignity and creativity. He carefully writes about the importance of achieving balance between one's inner and outer world and thoughtfully describes the dynamics of one's solitude and individual "space". At the end of each chapter Dr. Bedi identifies "Points to Ponder" for each reader to consider. This exercise can be especially useful and helpful in that it provides a structure that assists one to reflect, organize, and integrate the concepts discussed in each chapter.
REVIEW - from Amazon - Path to the Soul
View from a Theoretical Physicist - by Alkesh Punjabi, Professor of Mathematics and Physics & Director of Center for Nuclear Fusion Research, Hampton University, Hampton, VA - February 7, 2001
I am not a psychologist or a psychiatrist or a psychoanalyst. I am a theoretical physicist. I have read Ashok Bedi's book Path to Soul carefully and critically. First, let us be clear as to what this book in not: Path to Soul is not preachy, it is not New Age-ish, it is not a sermon of enlightened guru to his/her obedient disciples, it is not a chicken soup for ... book. Path to Soul is a labor of love. It is thoroughly rooted in experience of a long and highly successful practice of a working physician-psychiatrist. The writer is classically trained in Western medical, psychiatric and Jungian psychoanalytic sciences in USA, England and India. The book clearly betrays the writer's deep insight and vast experience in expertly applying these Western approaches to problems of mental and psychological health. By the time I had read the third chapter, I realized that the author has unknowingly stumbled upon a fundamental truth - the complementarity principle of the being and becoming of human psyche. This is the exact psychological parallel of Neil Bohr's famous principle of complementarity in physics that wave and particle are two mutually exclusive manifestations of the one and same entity. However, in the realm of human psyche, this principle works with one crucial difference that the two aspects of our being and becoming are not only never mutually exclusive, but on the exact contrary they are inseparable just as clouds are inseparable from rain and sun is inseparable from light. The author, it appears from his book, in his years and years of long practice felt that "he was walking on one foot" and wondering "where is the other foot", and in his heart-felt search found the lost twin - the missing spiritual aspect of our souls, and hence the book. The book is thoroughly grounded in solid, practical experience in treating patients. The author clearly shows how the intuitive, innate and spiritual inseparably, intrinsically and integrally complements the intellectual, analytic and dialectical. The book respects the readers, it talks with them, not at them. The ideas, feelings and approaches are genuine, authentic and honest. The book is definitely a labor of love, and distillation of critical, hard-headed research, experience, insight and inner struggle. The deftness and clarity with which the author elucidates Yoga, Chakra, Mandala and other delicate Hindu concepts and their application to problems of our mental and psychological health and peace are truly remarkable. Though in all this the physician is never lost. The author - again unknowingly - shows that the classical Hegelian pattern of thesis, anti-thesis and synthesis is not always valid. The author has genuinely synthesized the western and eastern in a seamless whole. For those who want to fully self-actualize, and are looking for a genuine, authentic, unpretentious canonical path, Path to Soul is it.