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If Truth Be Told: A Monk's Memoir is an honest and straightforward account of Om Swami's life, one of the foremost spiritual leaders of India.Summary of the BookIf Truth be Told is an extraordinary memoir of the making of a spiritual life in today's demanding, competitive, and baffling times. The book unravels the life story of Om Swami and his journey to becoming a monk. If Truth Be Told: A Monk's Memoir is an honest and straightforward account of Om Swami's life, one of the foremost spiritual leaders of India.Summary of the BookIf Truth be Told is an extraordinary memoir of the making of a spiritual life in today's demanding, competitive, and baffling times. The book unravels the life story of Om Swami and his journey to becoming a monk. As an 18-year-old young boy, Om Swami headed to Australia to realize his worldly dreams and aspirations. He struggled to make his ends meet but two years down the line he was a multimillionaire earning $250,000 a year. He always had a burning desire to explore his spirituality. As an 8-year-old he saw a vision of God in a dream which transformed his life forever. This triggered off his desire to meet God and he practiced astrology, meditation and tantra in his pursuit to know God. Yet God was nowhere in sight, deeply frustrated he plunged into the worldly affairs to distract himself from the restlessness and commotion within. After spending several years in Australia he moved to India and led his life in solitude in the Himalayas. He battled death as he starved, faced the wrath of nature and wild animals. But finally his sadhana brought him to the ultimate realization - I am what I have been seeking, which became the basis of all his teachings. This astounding memoir is a must-read for those interested in the life and teachings of Om Swami.About Om SwamiOm Swami is an India monk who lives in a remote place in the Himalayan foothills. He holds an MBA degree from University of Technology, Sydney and a Bachelor's degree in Business Computing from University of Western Sydney. He founded a profitable software company with offices in San Francisco, New York, Toronto, London, Sydney and India.


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If Truth Be Told: A Monk's Memoir is an honest and straightforward account of Om Swami's life, one of the foremost spiritual leaders of India.Summary of the BookIf Truth be Told is an extraordinary memoir of the making of a spiritual life in today's demanding, competitive, and baffling times. The book unravels the life story of Om Swami and his journey to becoming a monk. If Truth Be Told: A Monk's Memoir is an honest and straightforward account of Om Swami's life, one of the foremost spiritual leaders of India.Summary of the BookIf Truth be Told is an extraordinary memoir of the making of a spiritual life in today's demanding, competitive, and baffling times. The book unravels the life story of Om Swami and his journey to becoming a monk. As an 18-year-old young boy, Om Swami headed to Australia to realize his worldly dreams and aspirations. He struggled to make his ends meet but two years down the line he was a multimillionaire earning $250,000 a year. He always had a burning desire to explore his spirituality. As an 8-year-old he saw a vision of God in a dream which transformed his life forever. This triggered off his desire to meet God and he practiced astrology, meditation and tantra in his pursuit to know God. Yet God was nowhere in sight, deeply frustrated he plunged into the worldly affairs to distract himself from the restlessness and commotion within. After spending several years in Australia he moved to India and led his life in solitude in the Himalayas. He battled death as he starved, faced the wrath of nature and wild animals. But finally his sadhana brought him to the ultimate realization - I am what I have been seeking, which became the basis of all his teachings. This astounding memoir is a must-read for those interested in the life and teachings of Om Swami.About Om SwamiOm Swami is an India monk who lives in a remote place in the Himalayan foothills. He holds an MBA degree from University of Technology, Sydney and a Bachelor's degree in Business Computing from University of Western Sydney. He founded a profitable software company with offices in San Francisco, New York, Toronto, London, Sydney and India.

30 review for If Truth Be Told: A Monk's Memoir

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bharath

    I first read one of Om Swami's blogs, which I found to be excellent. I subsequently read his - Kundalini & A million thoughts both of which are great books. This is Om Swami's life and progress to spiritual excellence in a nutshell. A person who was very successful in his profession and went on to become a millionaire by the age of 30, but was drawn to spirituality since his young age. The book shifts between his pursuit of spirituality by renouncing everything he had, and his childhood. The nar I first read one of Om Swami's blogs, which I found to be excellent. I subsequently read his - Kundalini & A million thoughts both of which are great books. This is Om Swami's life and progress to spiritual excellence in a nutshell. A person who was very successful in his profession and went on to become a millionaire by the age of 30, but was drawn to spirituality since his young age. The book shifts between his pursuit of spirituality by renouncing everything he had, and his childhood. The narration is crisp for the most part and his life quite obviously is fascinating. There are sections though which could have been shortened in the earlier parts of the book, and more space could have been devoted to his meditation and spiritual practices in the later sections. However, mindfulness methods are covered in his subsequent book "A million thoughts" which I would rate as among the best books on meditation. Overall, an inspiring book you should read if spirituality as a genre is of interest!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Pradnya

    A beautiful memoir. Several ideas and concepts resonated with what I have been learning about spirituality growing up. I have been a regular reader of his blog at Omswami.com. This is largely a memoir, a story, and not like a spiritual treatise. The style of writing is quite contemporary and flowing. I was engrossed with it from the moment I picked it up. I have finished reading it in less than 4 days. I haven't rated it 4 simply because there are books that have made more impact on me with their A beautiful memoir. Several ideas and concepts resonated with what I have been learning about spirituality growing up. I have been a regular reader of his blog at Omswami.com. This is largely a memoir, a story, and not like a spiritual treatise. The style of writing is quite contemporary and flowing. I was engrossed with it from the moment I picked it up. I have finished reading it in less than 4 days. I haven't rated it 4 simply because there are books that have made more impact on me with their style of writing and choice of words....

  3. 5 out of 5

    S.Ach

    It would be difficult to comment on the autobiography of a monk who claims to have attained 'self-realization' after seeing the divine himself without appearing too unnecessarily judgmental and unqualifiedly condescending. So I would refrain from writing a scathing review and instead, would just resort to - 'sadly the early life, the professional success, the "renunciation", the penance, the tantra sadhana, the "realization" of the monk could not impress or inspire me. The fault lies with me.'

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mohit Dagar

    Has a magnetic pull..once started you could possibly go on reading for N number of hours..might change your perception towards life and influence you to change your life goals in a way....i felt like travelling in a different world at times..!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    M

    Less said the better about this amazing memoir. Even if you are not a spiritual seeker I recommend you read this book, if not the whole book at least the epilogue. Take my word you won’t regret it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ruturaj

    Inspirational autobiography for the seekers of truth.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Abhishek Singh

    If Truth be told – A Monk’s Memoir is a book about a millionaire turned Monk, Om Swami. Honestly I don’t remember how I found about this book, but as far as I recollect I saw his video on YouTube and the way of his speaking, his overall personality had some kind of pull, which encouraged me to visit his blogging site and there I came to know about his different books which he has authored. The name of the book and the cover is simple yet attractive, it kind of encourages you to at least have a l If Truth be told – A Monk’s Memoir is a book about a millionaire turned Monk, Om Swami. Honestly I don’t remember how I found about this book, but as far as I recollect I saw his video on YouTube and the way of his speaking, his overall personality had some kind of pull, which encouraged me to visit his blogging site and there I came to know about his different books which he has authored. The name of the book and the cover is simple yet attractive, it kind of encourages you to at least have a look at the sample. The book is about the life of a man who is determined to find the truth about his Creator, He wants to know if God exists in reality or we are just the outcome of the evaluation process which is happening from billions of years and what is our purpose of existence. The books start with the author a CEO of a million-dollar company, an MBA graduate from the Australia goes to his work and never returns back home, instead he sends an email to his loved ones to tell them that, He is going away and doesn’t know when he would return and then he deletes his email account destroys his sim card and start his journey to find the truth about almighty the creator. In the following chapters the author start revealing about his past from the point where his birth was foretold by a renowned & unusual saint, who tells his mother that one of us is coming after long wait. Books slowly uncover the different aspects of his life, how he was so keen about reading and almost read every book of the library, and how he kept on meeting different people who helped or influenced him to grow in one or the other way, he even learnt Astrology, Stock marketing at very young age. His life takes new fold when young author decides to go to Australia for higher studies and then the books progresses with his struggle to find accommodation a job to collect money to pay his semester fees. He talks about his tough time and compromises he made and how he gets his first job and how he managed both his college and work together. Author describes his struggle with utmost honesty in such way that you can visualize it is happening before your eyes while you read it. In following chapters’ authors tells how he accumulated all the material wealth a man can dream of and how he rose from $15 to $250,000, and at one point of time he even owned a silver Porsche, but all this material wealth did not excite him so at the young age of 30 he decided to leave all his material wealth and take the path of renunciation. And then his search begins to find a Guru/Master who can initiate him to the world of renunciation. Author talk about his life with Naga Baba {Author’s Guru}, how he was tested to his limits, both physically and mentally but still he did not complain, when I read this chapter I was thinking all the time how can a man be so patient to tolerate everything which he had undergone. I felt engrossed while reading it that I always thought what would happen in the coming chapters slowly and steadily author tells us about his sadhna/mediation in Himalayan woods and how he had the realization of the god, the author has described minute details of what he saw and how he felt at the time of realization and I would leave it to you to decide if you want to believe it or not. One thing I can say for sure, whatever perception you had about the Om Swami earlier, after you finish reading this book, it will definitely change your perception about him and your heart would force you to respect him if not believe all the incident which this books talks about. In the end I would say I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would definitely recommend everyone to read it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Divyansh Shivashok

    A life of renunciation is not that many can live. If Truth Be Told: A Monk’s Memoir written by Om Swami is an honest and straightforward account of Om Swami’s life who renounces the world at the age of 30 to live a life of an ascetic after reaching the peak of material desires. This astounding memoir is a must-read for those of you who are interested in the teachings of life. The beauty of this book and the grandiose style in which it is written makes it too good for a few words to express and wi A life of renunciation is not that many can live. If Truth Be Told: A Monk’s Memoir written by Om Swami is an honest and straightforward account of Om Swami’s life who renounces the world at the age of 30 to live a life of an ascetic after reaching the peak of material desires. This astounding memoir is a must-read for those of you who are interested in the teachings of life. The beauty of this book and the grandiose style in which it is written makes it too good for a few words to express and will leave you craving for more.

  9. 4 out of 5

    SUBRATA DATTA

    In this age of spurious godmen and spiritual frauds it is not easy to believe a man in his mid-30s who claims to have realized god after intense sadhana. But Swami’s credentials are impeccable. Born in 1980 in a middle class family in Patiala, he claims to have a spiritual yearning from childhood. At 18 he flew out to Australia, did an MBA there in the face of numerous odds and built a multi-million dollar business. At the call of his heart he renounced everything and went to the Himalayas. A In this age of spurious godmen and spiritual frauds it is not easy to believe a man in his mid-30s who claims to have realized god after intense sadhana. But Swami’s credentials are impeccable. Born in 1980 in a middle class family in Patiala, he claims to have a spiritual yearning from childhood. At 18 he flew out to Australia, did an MBA there in the face of numerous odds and built a multi-million dollar business. At the call of his heart he renounced everything and went to the Himalayas. After arduous sadhana for years he finally realized god and had the vision of the Divine Mother. The significant thing about the book is that it has a ring of honesty and sincerity about t which make it an enjoyable read. Is it possible that in the maddening world of 21st century, in a country where religion is a political coin – Hindutva and Islamism as opposed to Hinduism and Islam – the soul of eternal India still thrives somewhere? I was left wondering. I will follow the career of Om Swami with avid interest.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Prabhat sharma

    If Truth be told: A Monk’s Memoir by Om Swami- The memoir is an inspiring Book. It begins with life of a middle class working family in Patiala, Punjab. Both husband and wife are working and there are two brothers and one sister is the family. At the age of eight, the younger child saw a vision of God in a dream. From then on, a desire to meet God triggered in his conscience. He was initially interested in reading comics. For some time, his parents purchased comics for him and later he subscribe If Truth be told: A Monk’s Memoir by Om Swami- The memoir is an inspiring Book. It begins with life of a middle class working family in Patiala, Punjab. Both husband and wife are working and there are two brothers and one sister is the family. At the age of eight, the younger child saw a vision of God in a dream. From then on, a desire to meet God triggered in his conscience. He was initially interested in reading comics. For some time, his parents purchased comics for him and later he subscribed to a library and was able to read about 2000 books. A tutor taught him astrology and how to prepare a horoscope, to read and predict. The child is guided by R K Maudgil his maternal uncle about meditation. At the age of 14, he met Prof A P Sharma, an intellectual who had a personal collection of Books. He discussed, guided and encouraged him to become a better person. He practiced tantra sadhana also. He completed his studies and headed for Australia for higher education. He faced the normal difficulties- no one came to receive him at the airport. He contacted the travel agent’s son who provided him help. Later he studied and worked to earn a living and pay for his education. He specialized in computer software programming. He completed his graduation and Degree in Business Management. He developed a independent computer software business, established branches at New York and India. At the age of 30, he grew restless. He found that luxury will not help him achieve the pursuit to God, so planned his future life and came to Varanasi. Here he found his Guru, renounced the world, took sanyas and became a Sanyasi. Later, as his Guru did not forward him in Tantra Sadhana, he left him for Badri Nath where he met a Sadhvi guided him to path of Tantra. Later on his own, He practiced intense meditation in the solitude of the Himalayas and had Darshan of the Divine. Thus his sadhana brought his ultimate God realization. He is available to guide aspirants at omswami blog.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Archana Somashekar

    Excellent. Resonates with my personal experiences and realizations as well. Also great to hear a monk speak like this. A realization while reading this book was how much we r tainted wid our preconceived notions, thrust upon us since childhood by 'society'. Result is that when we use the word 'monk' we usually think in terms of those who live n work in 'institutions'. We don't use it to mean a naga sadhu or a monk who might be a practitioner of tantra. After all the term 'monk' basically means i Excellent. Resonates with my personal experiences and realizations as well. Also great to hear a monk speak like this. A realization while reading this book was how much we r tainted wid our preconceived notions, thrust upon us since childhood by 'society'. Result is that when we use the word 'monk' we usually think in terms of those who live n work in 'institutions'. We don't use it to mean a naga sadhu or a monk who might be a practitioner of tantra. After all the term 'monk' basically means isolating one's self from the world, to focus on spiritual pursuits. :) Like the Bhairavi says in the book : "The differentiation between a sanyasi and a tantrik that you speak of is merely bookish". After all, all systems of kundalini awakening are tantra.

  12. 4 out of 5

    sreekanth

    If we earn money so much we should tell others how to earn it or keep silent , as every other selfish people this monk attained a good stage but giving advice to other to lead a normal life. Ok ok, at places it is good , but he is just a goal oriented manager who gives advice to fellow employees. There is no proper info on mantras or Vedic texts. The bad part is at the end when author himself claimed that he had attained self realization , but giving the same dumb advice to others that nothing is If we earn money so much we should tell others how to earn it or keep silent , as every other selfish people this monk attained a good stage but giving advice to other to lead a normal life. Ok ok, at places it is good , but he is just a goal oriented manager who gives advice to fellow employees. There is no proper info on mantras or Vedic texts. The bad part is at the end when author himself claimed that he had attained self realization , but giving the same dumb advice to others that nothing is there in self realization . Author is a safe gamer . What is the biggest lesson he gave from this book is , great people life stories are written by others , but normal humans life stories are written by them self by giving false advices to others as our routine Baba's does.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kunal

    if you have read autobiography of a yogi and liked it then you will really like this book also. This book is the proof that even today human beings living in this very material world can search and experience the truth, their self , the only condition being that there should be a true yearning for the same. Awe inspiring and honest tale to the core, must for spiritual seekers.

  14. 4 out of 5

    A Lesser

    An intriguing read. Gripping from start to finish. Hindustan Times book review seems to say the same thing. http://www.hindustantimes.com/lifesty... An intriguing read. Gripping from start to finish. Hindustan Times book review seems to say the same thing. http://www.hindustantimes.com/lifesty...

  15. 4 out of 5

    Irma Monique

    I found this most interesting. It helps me understand his other writings. This is a rare book that I will probably read again and again. I am now reading his book The Wellness Sense. This man is totally authentic. Nothing artificial. He does not try to impress. Oh! But he does.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Balaji Sundarrajan

    i was struck by the honesty of the account. no mumbo jumbo one usually finds in such biographies i finished the book in 2 sittings. absolute must for spiritual seekers

  17. 4 out of 5

    Deepak Pawar

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  18. 5 out of 5

    Laxmi Duggirala

    Blissful read. The Epilogue is the essence of life .

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ananya Ghosh

    May this book find the reader 'who is ready'.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Munesh Chauhan

    Yesterday I finished reading an engrossing book by Om Swami (Swami Sivananda) - "If truth be told". It was third in the series of the books on spirituality, the first and second being "An Autobiography of a Yogi" by Shri Yogananda and "Apprentice to the Himalayan Masters" by Shri M. All three books have a common thread that runs into the essence of meditation and bhakti and the realization that often isfollowed by the visualization of the Supreme esoteric form in some manner. As a commoner, it i Yesterday I finished reading an engrossing book by Om Swami (Swami Sivananda) - "If truth be told". It was third in the series of the books on spirituality, the first and second being "An Autobiography of a Yogi" by Shri Yogananda and "Apprentice to the Himalayan Masters" by Shri M. All three books have a common thread that runs into the essence of meditation and bhakti and the realization that often isfollowed by the visualization of the Supreme esoteric form in some manner. As a commoner, it is very hard to believe these visualizations that occur in the path of meditation and contemplation of these great seers. Is it something sort of a feeling that these visuals appear, I would dare not call hallucinations as that would carry a certain negative connotation of an mental affliction. But if these realizations are to be believed, then there is a stark proof of the existence of God which so often is questioned especially in our modern science. The book as such is a sort of an autobiography of a boy Amit who has big dreams and realizes his material wealth as a successful software entrepreneur. He, from his young days has a spiritual disposition. As an anybody's story he first is all gong ho climbing the ladder of material success. Once attained he renounces his wealth and return to the Indian heartlands of spiritualism - the Gangetic plains (Varanasi) and the Himalayas. He is looking for a Guru to guide him to the supreme path. He spends sometime in a village near the Benaras city. The city is known for its saints and the Ghats (the river banks). Each bank has its own significance. After finding a guru, Amit is ordained into sainthood with a new name of Sivananda. But the Guru-disciple relationship doesn't last long. So Amit decides to wander the rugged Himalayas looking for the elusive spiritual break. He finally find his track after meeting some saints in Badrinath - a Hindu religion shrine. The rest is his travails of meditation, hardship and how he overcomes all odds for attaining the Siddhi. A good book that sometimes look so magical to be believed to be true.

  21. 5 out of 5

    deepa

    Following one's heart is not easy even if one has nothing to lose ... so what is it when one renounces after working to achieve so much that life has to offer... This book is a compelling read for those on the path of finding themselves. So simply written, even if one takes it with a pinch of salt, it literally feels like the bared stripped truth of the author's journey. It's the choices we make... It's not a story of renunciation for someone who anyway has not much but the author achieves what m Following one's heart is not easy even if one has nothing to lose ... so what is it when one renounces after working to achieve so much that life has to offer... This book is a compelling read for those on the path of finding themselves. So simply written, even if one takes it with a pinch of salt, it literally feels like the bared stripped truth of the author's journey. It's the choices we make... It's not a story of renunciation for someone who anyway has not much but the author achieves what most people strive for and it's not at all easy for him to get their either and his achievements are not minor. So he understands the value of every bit he's renouncing in terms of career, wealth, lifestyle, relationships and it's not like he's old either.. this is at thirty... it's worth a read how, why and what he gets from becoming a nobody.. It comes across as a justification for his actions at some points, trying to convince the readers or whoever concerned and give explanations for his life decisions especially around his assets which I feel weren't required and takes away from the crux of what his story has to offer. Other than that.. read it if you are on your own spiritual journey.. one can feel the reality of the story in the simple understandings like .. if one hasn't conquered his/her anger.. if there is no compassion for every being.. if one is not free from attachment.... what's the meaning of meditation, being religious, praying for hours... there are no rules, no boundaries.. it's ones own values, understanding and humanity.. life is not a problem or a challenge, not a suffering, nor your enemy... if you are alive, it means nature wants you and there is no bigger truth at this point.. as simple as that. Just live to the fullest, to your best potential and go with the flow. LIVE. LOVE. LAUGH. GIVE

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ashutosh Parauha

    I came across the writings of Om Swami while searching for literature on ancient wisdom on food. After finding such a book, The wellness sense by Om Swami, I decided to first know the author. A few youtube videos were enough to kindle my interest in his journey of renunciation and becoming a monk. I started this book as soon as I learned about the existence of it. If Truth be Told is a very well written, fast-paced book. It traces his journey from the innocent childhood to entering in the materi I came across the writings of Om Swami while searching for literature on ancient wisdom on food. After finding such a book, The wellness sense by Om Swami, I decided to first know the author. A few youtube videos were enough to kindle my interest in his journey of renunciation and becoming a monk. I started this book as soon as I learned about the existence of it. If Truth be Told is a very well written, fast-paced book. It traces his journey from the innocent childhood to entering in the material world and subsequently giving it all up in order to become a monk. The book also touches upon the obstacles one might face during his/her spiritual journey. The prominent one being the commercialization of religion/spirituality in India. The books per se doesn't delve deep into the yogic practices of mindfulness, meditation, and mantra sadhna. Thus, it might not be useful for people looking for information on how to do meditation or other yogic practices. However, it gives just enough information so as to sparkle our interest in these topics. The rest is upto us to search our own truth and carve out our unique path.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Saurabh

    An autobiography of a guy who renounced the world after being extremely successful at business. The writing is very simple and direct. While reading the chapters where he is with his guru and is taken full advantage of, it was really hard to believe, how anyone can be so naive. I liked the epilogue especially the following lines.- ...The eternal truth is that you have the right to live your life to the fullest. Every moment. This is the least you deserve. The fact that you are breathing and livin An autobiography of a guy who renounced the world after being extremely successful at business. The writing is very simple and direct. While reading the chapters where he is with his guru and is taken full advantage of, it was really hard to believe, how anyone can be so naive. I liked the epilogue especially the following lines.- ...The eternal truth is that you have the right to live your life to the fullest. Every moment. This is the least you deserve. The fact that you are breathing and living means nature wants you, life wants you. As long as you have a compassionate view and you are not hurting others, everything—well, almost everything—is okay. Listen to your inner voice. This voice is the purest voice you will ever know. Your truth is also the greatest religion, the highest God. A sense of fulfilment comes from walking your own path. For some it may be meditation, for others it may be music, dancing, painting, writing or reading. Find what makes you happy and pursue it I fully agree with the above. Moreover, after reading this book, I have also started reading his blog.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Punk Monkey

    I picked this one through sheer luck, I chanced upon this on Amazon and bought it for my Kindle. This is a really impressive book- and I say this with a caveat- Do not try and mix reason with instruments of faith that the book largely is based on. If you have faith, if you believe in a life beyond what we live, if you believe in the superunknown divine entity, then read on and the memoir will not let you down. I could absolutely relate to so many of the life instances that the Swami mentions abou I picked this one through sheer luck, I chanced upon this on Amazon and bought it for my Kindle. This is a really impressive book- and I say this with a caveat- Do not try and mix reason with instruments of faith that the book largely is based on. If you have faith, if you believe in a life beyond what we live, if you believe in the superunknown divine entity, then read on and the memoir will not let you down. I could absolutely relate to so many of the life instances that the Swami mentions about, so many of them whose account seem to be written without an iota of populism, they are straight from the heart- and you will appreciate the honesty as you go through them. I think for a monk turned author, its a brilliant effort and the book doe seem unputdownable- again- with a fine print that you should not try to tackle the subject with your reasoning- Have faith- the book will be a very immersive and satisfying read

  25. 5 out of 5

    Suresh Vyas

    This book is about the journey of a guy who isn't satisfied with the material gains or pleasures of worldly life and sets on to find the truth for himself through the path of meditation. Swami Ji (in his discourses on YouTube) often says that the path of meditation (Dhyana Yoga) is one of the hardest ways, and it requires will power, diligence, and immense patience. This book is in tune with his teachings, and you see how he had practiced what he now preaches. Swami Ji also says that it contains o This book is about the journey of a guy who isn't satisfied with the material gains or pleasures of worldly life and sets on to find the truth for himself through the path of meditation. Swami Ji (in his discourses on YouTube) often says that the path of meditation (Dhyana Yoga) is one of the hardest ways, and it requires will power, diligence, and immense patience. This book is in tune with his teachings, and you see how he had practiced what he now preaches. Swami Ji also says that it contains only about 10% of events from his whole life. Still, it is very enriching to see the glimpses of his life. You will learn lots of useful lessons about life, patience, persistence, discipline, etc. Being on the spiritual path myself, I could genuinely feel (a part of) what the author was going through and the insights that dawned upon him on the way. I recommend this to anyone who wants to read an inspiring book on the journey of a seeker.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sudheera

    The rating is for the memoir, the book and not the story itself. Om Swami's journey is quite exceptional but it is a very individual one, unlike other autobiographies that reference historic events or other celebrities. I wondered before reading the book whether this will be an idealistic, self-glorifying book where the author is a know-all. To the contrary, Om Swami comes across as very credible, authentic and a real person who had his share of setbacks, doubts and changing goals. The book give The rating is for the memoir, the book and not the story itself. Om Swami's journey is quite exceptional but it is a very individual one, unlike other autobiographies that reference historic events or other celebrities. I wondered before reading the book whether this will be an idealistic, self-glorifying book where the author is a know-all. To the contrary, Om Swami comes across as very credible, authentic and a real person who had his share of setbacks, doubts and changing goals. The book gives a peek into the actual lives of people who mediate for long periods of time, which can be far removed from the movie versions. Instead of a sage who "magicks" away everything, is glamorous with a massive fan following, we meet a young man who sees hunger, wild animals, bitter cold, cheating gurus and above all, doubt. It is interesting to read how Om Swami overcomes all these obstacles.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Shiv Pandey

    Hello Readers. If Truth be Told: A Monk's Memoir is the perfect book for all those seekers who are on the path of self-exploration. Om Swami has uttered every word from his deeper experience. This book is all about "Acquiring all the material luxuries in life does not satisfy the thirst of true seekers" The journey of OM SWAMI is full of inspiration. Bonding with his mother & sister, His business growth & fall & again new business growth, Leaving the family for his self-exploration journey, Purch Hello Readers. If Truth be Told: A Monk's Memoir is the perfect book for all those seekers who are on the path of self-exploration. Om Swami has uttered every word from his deeper experience. This book is all about "Acquiring all the material luxuries in life does not satisfy the thirst of true seekers" The journey of OM SWAMI is full of inspiration. Bonding with his mother & sister, His business growth & fall & again new business growth, Leaving the family for his self-exploration journey, Purchasing sleepers for a rickshaw Puller, the pain & suffering in Varanasi ashram, starting his intense meditation in Himalaya, dedication towards meditation & finally achieving realization, every single story is captivating. It keeps you reading until you finish this book. If you are also on the journey of self-exploration, I highly recommend this book. Stay Ignited & Stay Inspired Love + Respect Shiv Pandey www.igniteddream.com

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ashish Gourav

    This memoir takes you on a journey you will reminisce about, as if it is about you. The title of the book and its aura is a bit misleading for the average reader. As, it is not just a spiritual book but has more wisdom about succeeding than to be found in many self-help/motivation books. Almost half of the book makes you feel for the struggles in life, each one of us have to face to see the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. Having said all this, this is by far the most descriptive and r This memoir takes you on a journey you will reminisce about, as if it is about you. The title of the book and its aura is a bit misleading for the average reader. As, it is not just a spiritual book but has more wisdom about succeeding than to be found in many self-help/motivation books. Almost half of the book makes you feel for the struggles in life, each one of us have to face to see the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. Having said all this, this is by far the most descriptive and refined writing on spirituality & tantra I have ever laid my hands on; Just like clarified butter(Ghee). If you have to read a primer on 'how millennials struggled' or 'Indian Spirituality & Meditation', this is it!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Navikesh Dowlutteea

    This is an excellent book for anyone interested in self-realisation and self-attainment. Om Swami's message through this memoir is that he found his truth through meditation and samadhi. And he encourages the reader to find his truth in the world in his own way. The most interesting part of the book, in my opinion, is the years he spent meditating for countless hours in the Himalayas and his quest towards ultimate realisation. The book is written in an easy to read manner and is separated in sever This is an excellent book for anyone interested in self-realisation and self-attainment. Om Swami's message through this memoir is that he found his truth through meditation and samadhi. And he encourages the reader to find his truth in the world in his own way. The most interesting part of the book, in my opinion, is the years he spent meditating for countless hours in the Himalayas and his quest towards ultimate realisation. The book is written in an easy to read manner and is separated in several small parts. All in all, the book is an interesting insight into the life of a very successful person who renounces the materialistic world and becomes a Swami.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Aparna

    Om Swami's life is nothing but a journey to being mystical. I started reading If truth be told a few days back and I was overwhelmed with the way Amit was as a child. I never found myself so engraved into any book recently, me being an apathetic reader. The book continues to get so interesting as Amit sets on to his journey towards making his career, it just doesn't fails to inspire you. It's only after you have read the whole journey that one realises that this is indeed someone's life story, s Om Swami's life is nothing but a journey to being mystical. I started reading If truth be told a few days back and I was overwhelmed with the way Amit was as a child. I never found myself so engraved into any book recently, me being an apathetic reader. The book continues to get so interesting as Amit sets on to his journey towards making his career, it just doesn't fails to inspire you. It's only after you have read the whole journey that one realises that this is indeed someone's life story, so beautiful and so real, just like the ones we all hear about great saints from the past. Highly recommend this to anyone who has a spiritual inclination and yet are living a 'regular' life.

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