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TAMIL NATION LIBRARY:Religion & Spirituality
Book Review by Nadesan Satyendra
P.Narendra Nathan’s Transient Thoughts is a book for those who are moved to reflect on their own life experiences. In some 40 pages the author has set down what he describes as ‘passing thoughts’ from his readings on the subjects of Religion, Philosophy, and New Science.’
He says in his preface: "I have called them transient; the dictionary meaning is ‘of short duration’. To me, these transient thoughts are glimpses of light in the experience of my life. Most, I have gathered from various sources; and I have no claim to their originality. Few are mine too. It is said that no thought is original even when inspired. A thought results when thought acts on thought. Most of what I have written down are simple, and may even be mundane. Some are profound, but nothing scholarly is intended. I have lived a Hindu having been born one, and been a physicist by profession. I have thus been conditioned in all my thoughts. Kindly bear with me for that while reading them. It is my hope that you would enjoy them as much as I have, in writing them. Simple truths are interesting as well as illuminating."
He ends his preface by quoting Boethius: "Man would never go to Heaven, if he is content to go alone" - an explanation, perhaps, of the author’s desire to share his reflections.
Transient Thoughts lives up to the promise in the Preface. In a world which often speaks with a disarming forthrightness about the bottom line, the author says: ‘‘Your little ego is not the bottom line’’. He adds: ‘‘You are what you believe in.’’ The author quotes Max Muller: ‘‘There never was a false God, nor was there a false religion unless you call a child a false man.’’ Some other reflections: ‘‘You do not hear until you listen, nor see unless you look. You cannot be taught without wanting to learn.’’ ‘‘Know to meditate, meditate to know.’’ ‘‘Not to be wiser after the event, is not to learn by your experience.’’