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The book “The True Self” by Lokesh Babu is a timeless journey of philosophical teachings

Until proven otherwise, it’s safe to speculate that—as the saying goes, nothing’s perfect. Everyone has traumas to discuss, events to share, and conflicts to deal with. But what we do is start living with those traumas and trying to forget them. We start walking through the steps to help us resolve conflicts, and making sense of the world around us. This is where self-help books shine and sparkle, and help us figure out solutions to our difficulties with practical advice, deeply moving anecdotes, and plenty of motivation. Self-help books can help guide us as we strive to make differences in our day-to-day life while providing us the freedom to make those alterations at our velocity.

“The True Self: Unlock the Chaos in You”, written by Lokesh Babu and published by Leadstart Publishing, is nothing but an honest, genuine, and true chronicle of the author’s life that also doubles as an ethical guide. Lokesh Babu was born in Nellore, South India in 1975, and educated at the University of Western Sydney. As the eldest son of a traditional Indian family, his life was scripted for him, and he was expected to obey the values and demands of the family. However, he defied expectations, found his own moorings and embraced the best of eastern and western cultures.

He is a frequent public speaker and presently works with corporates, industry groups, and executives. Before he finalized writing “The True Self”, Lokesh encountered many challenges in his life, including inequality, estrangement, the loss of loved ones, malady, near bankruptcy, suicide, and self-harm. During his recent time in India during the Covid-19 pandemic, while caring for his father, he understood a lot about life and existence, and became a bystander to many things. With forbearance, he observed life’s incidents as accidents, and this changed the way he looked at life, the world, and himself.

Most people are surrounded by thousands of questions, to which they only have subconscious answers. “The True Self” intimately discusses the author’s personal losses, struggles, and clashes. The philosophies specified in the book reflect the authentic self. This is a traditional self-help book that pretty much abstracts ideologies when it comes to personal growth. The book holds your hand and whispers “You should strive to know who you are. It’s your responsibility and yours alone! Nobody is ever going to participate in your happiness and celebrate your grief. And that includes what you take from others and offer others.” The book also makes readers ponder on the question, “What’s your purpose in life and the significance of existence?” This book explores the answers.

While on one hand, the book keeps you safe with the secret of certainty, on the other hand, it takes you through the author’s emotional turbulence and eventual emotional homeostasis. In the present era of digital books and the availability of books at online marketplaces outside of the brick and mortar stores, all of this guidance is available right at our fingertips, only if we reach out and pick up the right book.

Every chapter of “The True Self” addresses the sequence of incidents emerging from the writer’s personal experiences, which include the loss of his mother, tackling difficult occurrences, and his father’s death during the Covid-19 pandemic. The book realizes the level of mindfulness required for personal acknowledgment but in a rational way. There are some internal forces that try to keep our emotions intact when confronted with external eventualities, and the author, while addressing these, also provides readers with tools and techniques that he thinks are helpful for attaining peace, stability, and clarity of those emotions.

The book contains annotations of both ancient and modern philosophical texts about the meaning of life. The knowledge that Lokesh Babu has gained through his study of ancient pedagogy, which shapes the footing of “The True Self”, has enabled him to overcome the challenges that he faced. This is about attaining peace and harmony, which will be applicable as solutions to the general challenges facing everyone. While sharing his intimate experiences with magic and creativity, Lokesh Babu takes a dig at all the negative human emotions that entangle a person. What are those lame excuses that are keeping you from achieving your goals? Not being able to improve self-discipline? Overthinking? What are those life incidents which pull you to make discernible changes and make you get out of your comfort zone? What’s your idea of overall happiness? Lokesh Babu has loaded this book full of recreations and routines to encourage you to bring in the changes to get you out of your comfortable spot and reach your personal goals, career and wealth goals, and across-the-board happiness. Happiness here is a dubious topic that means different things to everyone. Many want to feel excitement and energy within, while others want to uncover a taste of satisfaction with what they already have. This book proposes particular narratives and personal experiences that will teach you to begin to encounter how living in the current moment and shifting your attitude slightly can develop revolutionary contentment in your life. Lokesh comprehends the magic of words, and he wants all of us to believe that change is possible. He describes how we can get rid of emotional blocks, improve our mindset, and develop a strategy to declutter our minds.

The book speculates that sizeable changes in life do not come from large decisions made overnight, but rather from small choices we make every day and personal experiences. For taking lessons from personal experiences, patience and self-enquiry is pivotal. Where most self-help books concentrate on thinking thoroughly about unlocking your highest potential or nudging you towards growth, Lokesh Babu stimulates us to let go of the things that don’t fulfill us and focus on solving the difficulties, dilemmas, and crises.

Read more about the book The True Self: Unlock the Chaos in You here and buy it here.


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Chirdeep Malhotra

Dr Malhotra is Editor, Books and Features at The Dispatch. A medical practitioner, a bibliophile, he calls Jammu home. He has an interest in International Relations and World affairs. He enjoys writing, watching documentaries, and exploring the culture and local cuisines of Jammu & Kashmir.

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