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A Great Sage and A Rascal Named DokuA Great Sage and A Rascal Named Doku by Vivek Rajan Vivek
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I shelved this book under "books too stupid to finish reading."

A Great Sage and A Rascal Named Doku by Vivek Rajan Vivek is the author's first attempt at a novel, and is full of pseudo-eastern mysticism, only he totally got it wrong. I didn't read the whole book. I didn't even read HALF of it.
I stopped reading at point in which the author expressed that it is only in giving into our base desires and materialism can we possibly achieve spiritual enlightenment and fulfillment. I can't imagine anything more absurd. Admittedly, Maslow tells us that all humans must have their basic needs for human survival met before claiming the pyramid towards enlightenment, but that's not what the author was getting at. An excerpt from the book tells us

"Many highly evolved souls come from wealthy families. This has been well-documented by historical research. There was nothing wrong with wealth. Those who experienced wealth were unaffected by it, because wealth, like all other objects of desire, ceases to mesmerize you once you attain it."

Really?!

Historical research? Would you kindly cite your sources, sir? Because I'm calling "shenanigans" on that one. Have you never seen a badly behaved celebutante or been exposed to Miley Cyrus' twirking or any of the other shocking adult Disney princesses in action.

And while I'm at it, would you mind sticking to a tense? Past or present, its all the same to me, but switching back and fourth within few brief lines is sophomoric, at best.

And while I'm on my soap box, this book supposedly has no dogma or religious content, but the cover has a pic of Buddhist Mala beads. No bueno.

Gaaaaah. What a waste of an advance copy.


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