Friday, August 4, 2017

When All is Not Well by Om Swami Book Tour

Date Published: July 14, 2015
 Publisher: Black Lotus

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I've heard so many people tell those who suffer depression to just "cheer up." I wonder if they really believe that it’s that simple. Depression isn't just sadness. It is emptiness, it is misery. It is pain and nothingness at once. When you are truly depressed you lack the ability or will to cheer yourself up. No one just “has depression.” You suffer from it. Even with all our scientific advances, depression remains one of the most mysterious mental illnesses.

 Anti-depressants don’t work for everyone just like meditation and vacations don’t work for many others. Ayurvedic and yogic texts dating as back as 5000 years called depression, vishada, a toxic state of mind. In this profoundly insightful work, Om Swami categorizes depression into three types to help you see how a different approach is needed to cure each type. Beautifully woven with soul-stirring case-studies and yogic wisdom, you will gain a new perspective on depression and sadness.


When there is Darkness in your life, a person rises to show us light. A light of hope out of depression. That person is OM SWAMI. He is not Dark Knight. He is the Monk Who Sold His Porsche. And now with this book he has thrown light on reality of depression. --By Ajinkya Sonwane on 26 April 2016 

This book helps us find the right response in trying times and situations. I wish I had this book when I was struck with depressive episode in my life 23 years back. --By Vipul Agarwal on 3 May 2016

When all is not well ~ when we glance at the title of book, it seems why we need to read this book, for most of us, situations are somewhat under control and even if they are spiralling out of circumference, then we may ask “ What a simple book will do?” or “There are so many self help books out there, why shall I read it?” To be honest, if I haven’t read other books by author, then I must have thought the same, but it must have been a big mistake and would have dearly missed the beautiful teachings and transforming thoughts expressed in book.

Excerpt 1
Just then a leaf, young and green, got detached and took off. The merciless winds tossed it about before dashing it to the ground in a little puddle. Everything around was still the same, fluttering leaves, waving blades of grass, rushing stream, songs of birds, claps of thunder, swaying trees, everything, but that leaf. It was not struggling anymore, it was lying lifeless waiting for its destiny to unfold.
The leaf that was green earlier would start to rot soon, I thought. When it was united with the tree, it could gain nutrition from water and earth. The same elements, that nurtured it once, will decay it now. When it was a part of that tree, it was flapping but not anymore because it now stood disjointed. Its source of support, strength and nourishment was gone. It gave up. There was no reaction, no struggle.
This is depression. It is disconnection. You lose all strength to react, fight or resist. Like the leaf, once you too had tried hard but could not hold on, you even tried to accept the pitching around by playing along with the winds of life, but eventually you were tossed to the ground.

About the Author

Om Swami is a monk who lives in a remote place in the Himalayan foothills. He has a bachelor degree in business and an MBA from Sydney, Australia. Swami served in executive roles in large corporations around the world. He founded and led a profitable software company with offices in San Francisco, New York, Toronto, London, Sydney and India.

Om Swami completely renounced his business interests to pursue a more spiritual life. He is the bestselling author of Kundalini: An Untold Story, A Fistful of Love and If Truth Be Told: A Monk’s Memoir.

His blog is read by millions all over the world.

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