Like most people, I spent a substantial part of life with the feeling that “something is missing.” This feeling stayed with me until I realized that meditation and spirituality interested me more than money and recognition did. Money and fame still pull me, but their lure is far lesser now.

I started writing and sharing these essays in 2014 under the title “Thought for the Week” with a small but diverse group of readers from different backgrounds, age groups, and professions. Their feedback over three years has been very encouraging and deeply humbling. It convinced me that what I wrote and shared was helping people in a small way in their daily lives, as such, it would be good to share this work with a wider audience.

Also, interspersed throughout the book are the daily thoughts I have been writing and sharing over the past year and a half. Every thought dwells on a distinct theme or looks at the same theme from a different perspective, and is complete by itself. They have been arranged, as much as possible, in chronological order. The index of thoughts will be handy to access a specific theme.

When we see life as an open book and the Universe as our teacher, then there are no set rules to learning. We can learn from whoever we come in contact with at any point in time. However, we still need a good teacher to learn the proper technique of meditation. I am fortunate to have learned Vipassana meditation from renowned Vipassana teacher, the late S. N. Goenka. The teachings of the Buddha, which include the practice of Vipassana meditation, have inspired me and continue to illuminate my path. Their imprints will be visible through the pages of the book.

These essays and thoughts are not written for readers of any particular faith, religion, denomination or creed. The themes such as gratitude, love, compassion, self-awareness, mindfulness, meditation, peace, the purpose of life are universal. They can appeal to readers of all faiths and beliefs.

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