Book Review

Book Review

A guide to live a life

I got this book through a recommendation of a close friend. When I saw the cover page of book where many people are riding in a ship, it made me wonder, are there people really going to the eternal land of happiness?
As I continue to read this book, I thought “it’s easy and fun.” I thought the book would have a complicated content, based on the title; but it explained human mind simply without any complexity. I was impressed by Woo Myung’s explanations that a human being does not live in the real world, but lives within own mind world; and that now, he could live eternally happy by escaping the mind.
It seems like this book could clearly answer and solve the typical questions one tend to have as he lives his life, such as where does a man come from and where does he go?

Sun-hee Pak/Kyungbuk

The title was amazing.

When I first saw this book, it felt different from other books. The title was amazing. Some may even say the title is rather arrogant. The meaning of the title is astonishing, but the tone at first was more of urging; after reading the book, I felt a sense of persuasion. The calligraphic lettering in the cover page was unique and hard to decipher without the separate title being written. It was huge shock just by the title and calligraphy. Inside the book, the foreword also contained a remarkable content. As I headed home after reading the foreword, I was deep in thought. The fact that I eat, sleep and work, is this the true reason and purpose of being born as a human being? Even those who have succeeded in life seemed in vain when you consider the message of the book. Whether one is Bill Gates, Warren Buffet or a bum on the street – sleeping, awaking with eyes open, eating, living and running around- when one dies, is that the end? I felt the futility of life and it felt like falling into a bottomless pit. When reading, the author emphasizes one thing continuously. Through different expressions, one point is emphasized repeatedly. As the title of the book, it focused on the method to live in the eternal land of happiness. This was expressed simply but logically. Whereas many intellectual books are written in their own typical grammatical fashion mixed with self-boasting, which make readers feel inferior, this book is written in easy words so anyone can read. I like this feature. The author is convincing all to read this book to enter into the land of happiness and to live forever. Anyone who read this book correctly would also know well what needs to be done. Joo-hyun Kim/College student/Busan

The nature’s flow is the life of nature

Last March, when thousands of Japanese people died suddenly due to tsunami, I felt the futility of life with the feelings of loss and regrets. The book’s content was rather different from my usual thinking about life and it felt unfamiliar and somewhat shocking, but it helped me to self-reflect on my busy life filled with greed. This book pleadingly and earnestly states that the life I live currently is false and a dream; while living, I should wake up from the dream and live in the true world, instead of the dream world. I don’t understand the contents of the book completely, but I keep reading this book because I feel the genuineness of the author’s message that one must wake up from a dream and must not live in a dream world. Eun-young Cho/College student/Guidong, Seoul

Despite its appearance, it is an amazing book.

Every person should read this book. And one must have a trust; there is nothing gained without having the trust. In the beginning of the book, it is written; “through many difficulties of life and self-reflections, he was able to open his eyes of the mind about Truth.” There is not even one single part that is wrong in this book. The author received a Mahatma Gandhi peace award and was appointed as an ambassador of peace through IAEWP. I would like to live forever in the eternal land through the subtraction method. If I do not do this now, I would regret it. In the content of the book, it is stated, “One must repent to God that is the true mind of self. We repent in order to be born into the true, real world from the false world. Throwing away of the false self is throwing away of the false mind which is sin. Until Truth remains, one must throw away all of the pictures.” I want to throw away all of my past life until there is no pictures remaining in my mind. I had lived with much suffering, hardship, and unhappiness where there was no joy with nothing accomplished despite all of my work. I do not return to that; therefore, I truly want to eliminate all of things in my mind. Jin-ik Jang/Corporate staff/Osan

After reading “The Enlightened World” a book of poems

I was initially attracted by the title. The author explains human mind and Universe mind according to each themes. Also the author repeatedly states that the world we live in is the human mind through simple sentences with illustrations. I would really like to know if there is a way to escape the world I tiredly live in every day. Young-ron Cho/Professor/Daejun

This book took stress from me.

As if trying to grasp at a straw, at least a couple times a month, I had read through self-help books in order to control my overflowing stress and ill-managed mind. But it was truly ironic that after reading such books, I felt I had to do something about them. As the books recommended, I wrote and behaved in the ways they had suggested, including self-hypnosis; but the effects were always transient, a month if long and a moment of reading a book if short. At last, I came to conclusion that controlling my mind and stress is insolvable; but I continued to read new popular books in a bookstore habitually hoping for some interesting content. But this book was different. It is written that through a subtraction of mind without struggling to achieve something, things turn out better, following the nature’s flow. I was very surprised by this book. How many books such as this would be in the bookstore – such a book that speaks about acceptance of the world as one sees it and therefore, having more liberation, instead of having attachment to achieve something and suffer? At least for the moment I read this book, I am free from an incessant idea, “I have to do something.” And I find myself completely enjoying the moment of reading the book. How great! Ji-won Guk/30/Corporate staff/ Seoul

Clear message about happy life!

I started reading this book with hopes that this book might help me live a happy life. This book has a complete different approach contemplating Truth. It gives readers a more fundamental way of becoming a happy self. I highly recommend this book to everyone. William J.H.

Now is the time for subtraction.

This book changed my way of living and thinking about life. I always have lived thinking I have to be busily learning, remembering and developing, even with raising children, I thought I always had to teach and have them learn. But this book explains that people are living in picture world and are continuing to add to that mind world, which is false. I think we seem to be continuing to add endlessly in our contemporary society. So, we are too exhausted to add anymore… As this author states, empty and throw away the added false; I think one must become the original Universe mind to have happiness. I really agree to the statement that now is the time for subtraction. Hee-yun Gi/Teacher/Seoul