let’s look back to a rear mirror of 2010 with December’s reading list review.
I must admit, it was pretty mystical experience. Lisa Gansky took me into the future of business with introduction of the mesh-y firms; which continued by “walking” the Pilgrimage journey side by side with Paulo Coelho and already challenged mind got even more stretched with essential thoughts of philosopher Rumi. I concluded last month of 2010 with thrilling fiction novel Pharaoh. Woa, what a ride!
The Mesh by Lisa Gansky
Hmm, how to say it without sounding too emotional…
The Mesh is definitely one of the best books written in 2010 and one of the best business books I have ever read!
I will not choose Lisa’s book for Quotes of the Month column for several reasons: First of all there are plenty of reviews of it online, you can watch her Mesh talk on Web 2.0 Summit and because I want you to: Get it NOW, read it cover to cover, ship according it and give it to your boss! 😉
The Pilgrimage by Paulo Coelho
Ever since I have read Paulo’s Alchemist and many other of his books, I kept in the back of my mind to read his story, when he was a pilgrim – The Pilgrimage. I did so now and I am really grateful I took this journey with Paoulo and his guide. 8 pages of hand-written notes are the proof it is a must read! (oh, my! it will be tough to choose “Quotes of the Month” column…)
The Essence of Rumi by John Baldock
John Baldock’s pickings of Rumi’s work was my first encounter with this great philosopher of Islam- Rumi. I have been noticing Rumi’s quotes here and there on Twitter or Facebook and they have always resonated with me. After reading this introduction to Rumi’s life philosophy, I am eager to read more about sufism, Islam and then carry on with other essentials on world’s religions. I believe it should be part of everyone’s education, in order to have respect to each others spiritual roots and beliefs. Reading adventure with Rumi was so intense, that it made me to write down 8 pages of notes… I strongly recommend you to read it carefully, guys!
Pharaoh by Valerio Manfredi
Manfredi’s novel Pharaoh was an evening reading for me (after huge bulks of new insights to digest from above mentioned books). Honestly if you will not read it, you won’t miss much;-)
Quotes of the Month Column goes to John Baldock’s
The Essence of Rumi
When the lips are silent, the heart has a hundred tongues.
The soul of prayer is better than prayer; faith is better than ritual prayer. Faith without prayer is beneficial. Whereas there is no benefit in prayer without faith.
Blessed are the silent.
A pure heart is without doubt like a polished mirror, open to receive an infinite number of images.
For the Sufi, who is the “child of present moment”, the goal of our journey does not lie at some distant point in future, it is forever present.
Be extremely humble, greet the other first.
Whoever is loved is beautiful, but reverse is not necessarily true, it does not follow that anyone who is beautiful is loved.
A bird flies by means of its wings; A believer flies by means of his aspiration.
The company we keep – who we are drawn to and who avoids us also reveals our inner quality.
Who are you running away from? From ourselves? How absurd! From God? How criminal!
There are two kinds of intelligence: First kind you acquire through learning in the manner of school children from books and teachers. Second, unlike first kind of intelligence, the water of divine knowledge never stinks with stagnation. It does not matter if it is prevented from flowing into the outside world, for it pours forth from the heart in unending flow.
I wish you to be in the flow, guys! Always!