Sweetened Condensed Milkby Shyam Dodge
Sweetened Condensed Milk is a modern retelling of ancient wisdom in old stories. From African tales about spirit and reincarnation, to Zen stories about acceptance, Sufi stories about Beauty, and Hindu folktales about monkeys who save the world through discovering their own innate divinity, this book seeks to inspire through the vehicle of Myth. It reflects the particular insight of a former life-long monk and Harvard divinity student who has grown pragmatic and realistic in his approach to grief and sustained joy. Myth and metaphor have a way of revealing the inexplicable, hopefully free of dogma... and whatever truths you may uncover are yours and not the storytellers.
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If you like Hafiz, Rumi, and Kabir this book is for you. It encapsulates and expresses the depth of everyday human experience. It is a true gem. Spiritual prose at its best! Through short compelling stories the author transfigures daily experience into divine revelation. Shyam Dodge is a remarkable guide through the spiritual terrain and a very talented prose writer. He has created a rich tapestry of vignettes that best lend themselves to being read slowly and by themselves. I suggest you pick one story/wisdom to read each day so that you can digest it and allow it to settle within you. I think the book could have been organized thematically so that one could navigate the books wisdoms more easily. There seems to be an overriding theme of forgiveness, compassion, and finding the sacred in the ordinary and everyday. Other than that it doesn't organize the information in a way that makes it easy to navigate the index. So you have to allow yourself to be surprised and find the truths most valuable to you based on random chance. That being said I think the best way to approach reading the book is to open it at random--finding your little bit of spiritual sustenance intuitively. Either way, if you are looking for a book that can give you your daily dose of inspiration this is one of the better books on the market.