Essence Seekers: A Quest Beyond the Forest of Enjoyment
“Stillness and silence had heralded the divine being. Now sounds again filled the forest as birds called, branches moved, and water ran over rocks. The being had simply vanished. Somehow the forest felt more alive than before, more full of mystery, yet it was also unchanged. Was that real?”
Essence Seekers: A Quest Beyond the Forest of Enjoyment is an allegorical spiritual journey that takes us through practical, emotional, and psychological steps from a beginning curiosity and longing to enlightenment. It inspires with hope, while it aids with deep introspection and authenticity. Rooted in Eastern wisdom adapted from ancient texts, the universal and non-sectarian themes speak to any and all seekers of the essence of life. Avid starts out as part of a nomadic group, journeying with his family who seek wealth in the forest which they sell in villages and cities along their route. Their happiness and hopes for satisfaction are frustrated by perils representing various internal and external obstacles. Avid gets help from a mysterious guide in the forest and eventually joins with two friends on a quest for the essence, or nectar, of life. But what is that exactly? Will they overcome the diversions and tests to find it, and at what price?
Essence Seekers is based on allegorical texts originally written in Sanskrit and Bengali, bringing those ancient metaphors to life and giving timeless wisdom and guidance to anyone looking for extraordinary fulfillment.
Softbound, 214 pages, 5.25" x 8".
Essence Seekers is a very good allegorical tale, full of deep meaning and beautiful descriptive passages.
—Alfred Ford, philanthropist, great-grandson of Henry Ford
Anyone who is a genuine seeker of life’s highest truths will find Best’s account of an avid soul’s journey towards deep meaning and authenticity to be personally relatable and eternally profound.
—Mpho MacChambers, Social Activist and Changemaker, Founder and Executive Director of Kula Education.
Urmila’s Essence Seekers is a masterful account of a journey—both inward and outward. We can identify with the characters and events, which foster in us detachment from the mundane and eagerness for the Divine.
—Giriraj Swami, author of Many Moons and Watering the Seed
Explore and learn and spare yourself from the common pitfalls of a spiritual journey.
—Pranada Comtois, author of Wise-Love: Bhakti and the Search for the Soul of Consciousness.
This book will leave a lasting impact on any teenager or adult who embarks on a journey through its pages.
—Kosa Ely, author of The Peaceable Forest, The Prince and the Polestar, and The Jaguar’s Story
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