Harmony and the Bhagavad-gita

Lessons from a Life-Changing Move to the Wilderness

Non-Fiction - Spiritual/Supernatural
200 Pages
Reviewed on 01/18/2017
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Author Biography

Since her first trip to the East in 1971 (when she was 21), Visakha's life has never been the same. She's tried to explain what happened to her -- and what's continuing to happen -- in numerous magazine articles as well as four books, most recently Five Years, Eleven Months and a lifetime of unexpected love, a memoir.

Besides writing articles and books, Visakha also assists her husband, John Griesser, in making documentary films. The couple will soon be releasing a 90-minute biopic, Hare Krishna, the Mantra, the Movement, and the Swami who started it all -- coming to a theater near you!

They have two beautiful daughters and are based in both British Columbia and Florida, but mostly Florida.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite

Harmony and The Bhagavad-gita (Lessons From A Life-Changing Move To The Wilderness) by Visakha is a spiritual anecdote in a narrative form. Being an atheist most of her life, the author discovers jivatma, which translated from Sanskrit means soul. To achieve sacredness, the narrator and her family needed to live in a more pure and natural place. They lived in Los Angeles, California, filled with concrete and chaos. To fulfill their souls' conscious needs, the family moved fifteen hundred miles to the remote location of Sharanagati. There in their beautiful secluded home, they find it easier to connect with jivatma. With bhakti, the service to God and the help of Krishna and the Bhagavad-gita, lessons are internalized in harmony with nature.

When the bears ate all but one of the carrots that the author had so diligently cared for, she was able to correlate the premise from yoga, "to abandon all attachment to success or failure." It, therefore, left her free to find the humor in the unforeseen incident and be the recipient of a gift of carrots later on. Her battle with the ants was sorted when those same bears came and cleaned out the ant's nests. Through the many changing seasons, the family finds their desired spiritual harmony. Without the noise and the chaos of the modern world, they see the connection of all things and are content.

Harmony and The Bhagavad-gita (Lessons From A Life-Changing Move To The Wilderness) by Visakha is a spiritual and devotional narrative. The book is the author's memoirs of her family's move to a secluded countryside. It is integrated with the spiritual lessons that she learns from her experiences. The author relates her experiences to the Bhagavad-gita and other religious teachings included in each of the chapters. The author has done a marvelous job writing this book, and I am grateful that I was able to learn from it. This book is an inspirational memoir and is a pleasant reminder that there is a spiritual side to our existence.