Book: "Building a Noble World"
The ideas presented in Building a Noble World can help one realize the enormous strength of one's own spirit.

Everyone wants to experience mental peace and happiness, yet, despite scientific and technological developments, most people still experience mental tension and unhappiness. The ideas presented in Building a Noble World by Shiv R. Jhawar can help one realize the enormous strength of one's own spirit. The book provides meaning to their personal lives by answering the four basic questions: Who am I? Where have I come from? Where will I go to? Why am I here? 

The world is currently facing increasing violence, terrorism, and tribulation. In the midst of greed, prejudice, hatred, conflict of ideologies, and abuse of power, Building a Noble World offers a path to come out of this “darkness” and move towards the “light” of peace and unity.

Although war has been the overwhelming response to terrorism since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the author states that a successful strategy would be to address terrorism’s root cause: the condition of the human mind. The human mind is prone to weaknesses such as anger, greed, jealousy, hatred, and egoism. In order to overcome these mental weaknesses and to live in harmony with others, we must be able to connect with the spirit within each of us through meditation. As long as we do not experience the spirit within, we cannot find supreme peace and happiness.

“Meditation can transform a person’s character, conduct, and behavior. Through the practice of meditation, lost energy is replenished, memory is improved, intellect is sharpened, and intuition is developed. Meditation removes all worries and tensions of the mind,” explains Jhawar.

The author notes that it is the power of meditation, not the power of technology, money, or weapons, that can win the “war on terrorism” in the world. He goes so far as to say that the power of meditation is even greater than the power of any weapon of mass destruction.

In this thought-provoking book, Jhawar writes: "Changes are effected not by changing others, but by changing oneself. Individuals make a family, families make a society, societies make a nation, and nations make a world. Thus, individuals are the world. When individuals change, the world changes. There is no other way."

The author makes a distinction between spirituality and religiosity, observing that religiosity divides and spirituality unites. The central theme of Building a Noble World revolves around the attainment of inner and outer peace and the unification of humanity. It presents a path for world peace by calling for a stronger United Nations, creating regional unions like the European Union, offering a solution to the Kashmir issue, and reconciling differences between religions. 

Building a Noble World is a well-researched, easy to read book with sound concepts. The author supports his conclusions with quotes from world-renowned philosophers and spiritual masters. He also shares his own experience of a spiritual energy awakening called shaktipat, an experience of absolute reality transcending the physical body and mind.

Insightful, inspiring, and educational, the book offers practical spirituality for solving problems at personal and global levels. This book may not add years to your life, but it will certainly add value to your life.

Building a Noble World by Shiv R. Jhawar, soft cover, 192 pages, USA $12.99, ISBN 0-9749197-0-5