At some point in our journey of life, some of us start questioning the validity of living the way we do. We become aware of being caught up in the cycle of struggle, unhappiness, anxiety, and constant seeking of some end or another, prompting us to seek a different way of living. For those interested in exploring a new way of living, we bring you five must-read books for a fresh, new start to the new year.The Book of Life by J. KrishnamurtiBorn in 1895 in Madanapalle, Andhra Pradesh, Jiddu Krishnamurti was chosen as the world teacher by the Theosophical Society. After being groomed for more than 15 years, he walked alone saying that ‘Truth is a pathless land’. For the next five decades till he died in 1986, he gave talks, held dialogues with eminent personalities as well as with people from different walks of life. He also wrote in a style unique to himself. There are over a hundred of his books and more than a thousand videos which explore the human condition. The Book of Life is a great way to ease into his teachings, with 365 quotations for each day of the year that shed light on themes of living that each one of us can relate to. Themes such as relationship, insecurity, success, ambition, sex, and love. Just the book to begin the new year with.Be As You Are – The Teachings of Ramana Maharshiby David GodmanRamana Maharshi’s story is a rare happening. He was 16, when he was suddenly and inexplicably gripped by the fear of death. Instead of seeking a release from the fear, he faced it head-on. His enquiry into who was really dying revealed the ultimate truth that who he was, was deathless. He then had a vision to go to Arunachala, the sacred mountain in Thiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu. He lived on and at the base of the mountain for the rest of his life until his death. People from all the over world came to rest in his powerful and serene presence as well as to seek answers to their questions on living. He taught the way of self-enquiry with a simple question, ‘Who am I’ David Godman’s Be As You Are – The Teachings of Ramana Maharshi presents the teachings in a simple and direct way. In fact, David Godman’s introduction to every chapter in the book is as enlightening as the teachings themselves. If there is one book on Ramana Maharshi that you should read, it is this one.I Am That: Talks with Nisargadatta Maharaj by Maurice FrydmanIn the 1970s, in a crowded locality of Girgaum, Bombay, holding forth in a small mezzanine floor, one of the great masters gave talks and answered questions from people who came from all over the world. Nisargadatta Maharaj was a pure advaitin like Ramana and Krishnamurti. He challenged the perspectives of anyone in a direct and hard-hitting manner. His teachings pointed out to one the one reality that is: That who we essentially are is that which pervades everything. He spoke in Marathi and his talks and question answers were translated by Maurice Frydman in English and were published as I Am That. It is a classic that is not to be missed.Being Aware of Being Aware by Rupert SpiraA potter by profession, Rupert Spira is a living master who teaches the way of non-dualism or advaita out of Europe and the USA. He has the rare gift of language that communicates, very simply, complex non-dual understanding. His answers to specific questions from people seeking a way out of their suffering and pain are filled with compassion and a depth that is immediately healing. Being Aware of Being Aware is a compilation of guided meditations that he has given at retreats and meetings. It is a modern-day primer for those firmly on the inward-facing path.The Power of Now by Eckhart TolleEckhart Tolle is a living spiritual master who, by his own admission, teaches a way that brings together what Krishnamurti and Ramana Maharshi taught. In 1977, at the age of 29, after long bouts of depression, he had an awakening and an inner transformation that dissolved the mind-made separate self. From then on he counseled and taught the way of a state of just ‘beingness’ and the power of Presence. In 1997, The Power of Now was published and after a recommendation by Oprah Winfrey, it became one of the most sought-after books on spirituality. For those seeking to heal their troubled life, this book will be an excellent guide.
The Indian market recovered sharply on the last trading day amid the weekend after a continuous fall. Market has managed to halt above 16000 Nifty levels after continuous losing streak. Index reacted violently, grasping Indian as well as global factors throughout the week. Simultaneously, Inflation is catching up and profit margins are taking a hit.
Sensex advanced 1532 points or 2.90 percent while Nifty gained 484 points or 3.07 percent in a week. Simultaneously, Bank nifty has overcome bear’s dominance ending the session with 3.49 percent gain. Sectorally,Nifty Metal saw the highest gains of 7.40 percent followed by the Realty and Auto added over 4% gain. On the flip side Nifty IT tumbled 2.82 percent on weekly basis. Midcap and Small Cap measures rising nearly 2 percent as well.
In Nifty stock, EICHERMOT gained 11.31% while TECHM lost 5.98% on a weekly basis. INDIA VIX closes at 23.10 suggests volatility driven market is going to remain intact. Coming to the OI Data, on the call side highest OI witnessed at 17000 Nifty followed by 16800 Nifty strike price while on the put side, the highest OI was at 16000 Nifty followed by 15800 Nifty strike price. Technically, Nifty has formed a Tweezer Bottom type pattern in the weekly chart suggesting a short term buying rally may drive the market until monthly expiry. On the daily chart, price has rebounded from the lower Bollinger band as well.
Momentum indicators MACD & Stochastic were trading with a positive crossover & reversed from oversold zone. However, Index is still struggling to get the support of 50 Simple Moving Average in daily chart. Short term investors and traders are advised to work with option strategies to neutralize the volatility. Overall, Nifty is having support at 15700 mark while on the upside 16700 followed by 16500 may act as an immediate resistance. While Bank nifty has support around 32500 while resistance is placed at 36000 on weekly chart.
Source: Choice India