The ancient Chinese are said to have three doctrines: Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism, with Christianity and Islam arriving only in the 7th century A.D. Laozi, according to tradition, was the 6th century B.C. Chinese philosopher who wrote the Tao Te Ching of Taoism. Confucius (551-479) taught morality. His philosophy became important during the Han Dynasty (206 B.C.-A.D.220). Herbert A Giles (1845-1935), a British Sinologist who modified the Roman version of Chinese characters, says although it is often counted as a religion of China, Confucianism is not a religion, but a system of social and political morality. The Indian emperor Ashoka sent Buddhist missionaries to China in the third century B.C.
The life of Father Joseph, Cardinal Richelieu's aide, was a monstrous paradox. After spending his days directing operations on the battlefield Father Joseph would pass the night in prayer, or in composing spiritual guidance for the nuns in his care. He was an aspirant to sainthood, a practising mystic, yet his ruthless exercise of power succeeded in prolonging the Thirty Years War, with all its unspeakable horrors. In his masterful biography, Huxley explores how a religious man could lead such a life and how an individual could reconcile the seemingly opposing moral systems of religion and politics.
Aamil, a twelve-year-old boy from Middle East, was born to a Muslim father and a Christian mother, Fatima, whom he loves the most. Fatima, who has an unwavering faith in her child, who can't be an active parent due to her sickness, who doesn't know how to read... has her son read to her every night before he goes to sleep; it was for him so that he can read himself to sleep. In return, she will put two dinars under his pillow.
A story about this boy's journey and purpose to write about what he calls Mr. God . . . Anything that creates differences amongst men will create war. Unfortunately, religion is the biggest difference creator and reason for the unrest world. There has been more bloodshed in the world in the name of religion than the water in the ocean. Aamil says in his book, "I believe in God... I call him Mr. God." A book about love, finding one's purpose in life, promises and most importantly it's about "us..". The inner uniqueness and true self of a human!
Let's see how his journey go from the day he left Middle East at the age of 12 to get education, see the world while keeping his focus on the promise to his mother, and to his purpose... to write a masterpiece!
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