Sunday, March 08, 2009

The Tao of Pooh

I was reading this wonderful book called, "The Tao of Pooh and the Te of Piglet". This book was written by Benjamin Hoffman, who makes use of the characters in Winnie the Pooh to explain the principles of Taoism. The best part about this book is that it doesnt get too preachy. It is just plain simple and so much of fun to read. I have tried to compile a few things i liked from the first four chapters of the book here:
  • Wisdom born from simplicity, the author says, is any day better than Knowledge for the sake of being clever or Knowledge for the sake of appearing wise or the worst type, knowledge for the sake of complaining.
  • When you discard arrogance, complexity and a few things that get in the way, sooner or later, you will discover the simple,childlike and mysterious secret, Life is fun.
  • With this realisation comes the ability to enjoy the simple and the quiet, the natural and the plain. :)
  • There is more to knowing than just being correct
  • Everything has its own place and function. That applies to people, although many dont seem to realize it, stuck as they are in the wrongjob, wrong marriage or the wrong house. When you know and respect your inner nature, you know where you belong. You also know where you dont. (This line led me to think for quite sometime. People thought i was sleeping though. :D )
  • A weakness of some sort can do you a big favor, if you know and acknowledge its there. Once you face and understand your limitations, you can work with them, instead of having them work against you and get in your way, which is what they do when you ignore them.

The rest i feel has to be read and enjoyed and accepted. I loved this book. It helps one remain positive and accept life the way it is.

3 comments:

Hema Hariharan said...

Taoism and Winnie the Pooh? Now that's an interesting combination :) Never heard of the book before though. Where do you land such books from?

Vivek said...

and the thu of tigger
:D

Harini Padmanabhan said...

@hema : blossoms! I told you i love that place.
@Vivek : ever heard this tamil proverb about a donkey and camphor? :D