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Book Review: Dream Beyond Shadows by Kartikeya Ladha

Title: Dream Beyond Shadows 

Author: Kartikeya Ladha 

Genre: Travel, Non Fiction 

First Publication: 2018 

Language: English


Book Summary: Dream Beyond Shadows

Seated on a chair with a pair of eyes fixed at an illusory point on a plain white wall, a mind loses its sense of time; and morphs past the wall to enter another dimension of mirage; aided by a lifetime of unforeseen events that happened in the Amazon Jungle.

That dimension is far removed from the uproar of traffic and excessive turmoil of our prevailing civilization; that it allows the mind to only perceive hooting birds, racketing insects and echoing animals. It is filled with crisp air making it easier for human nostrils to breathe and nursing the mind; so it feels more connected with nature. The trees residing in that jungle transmit messages with other species by establishing uninterrupted channels of communication among all the living beings of the region. They foster awareness in the mind and extend to it the chance to be fully synchronized with Mother Earth.


About Book: Dream Beyond Shadows

Dream Beyond Shadows

Being in such a peaceful environment can certainly make us question why we are building our civilizations at the expense of destroying nature. Are we really developing our nations? or just demolishing our world by the imprudent construction of “cosmopolitan cities”, marking the importance of human achievement?

We think we know it all and let our ego, fear, pride and anger guide us into manifesting a mindset that is doomed by greed. Our longing for power and superior status has led us to forget our real purpose in life. We have become ignorant and are free-falling inside a bottomless hole, we have dug for ourselves in this illusionary world.

We rely on our material possessions and the dimensions of our houses to impress others. They aid construction of our image of being superior to others. We believe that we’re the most intelligent beings in this world; and think we know everything about what’s happening in it; because of how well-versed we are in the current political scenario; and all the other frivolous news relating to the contemporary global situation. We like to argue to prove others are wrong, so we can feel better about ourselves. Society has trained our minds to deem that knowing more than others is what maintains our supremacy in this world.

The pity in our souls evoked by seeing the helpless around us, assures us that we need to predominate in the world. We tell ourselves that we have procured an imperishable milestone because of how much capital we have stacked in our bank accounts. This frame of mind characterizes our existence in the world we have fabricated for ourselves.

It is painful for us to consider that we could ever be wrong; because of how gravely immersed we are in our own vanity. Our fabrications have led us to forget the true purpose of human existence. We lack devotion to growing in love and compassion, for acknowledging the importance of family; for assimilating our duty to be kind and forgiving towards our fellow brothers and sisters.

Living in peace and harmony with others taxes our hearts, as they have stopped beating for anyone but our venal selves. We are not able to recognize the sublimity of Mother Nature and the ingenious Eco-systems sheltered by her.

In pursuit of this truth, the writer renounced his American dream of building a life in New York, to embark upon a journey to Peru, South America. During his odyssey he followed his calling to the depths of the Amazon Jungle and there he visited a shaman, and experienced the mystical healing powers of Ayahuasca, which launched him on a quest to uncover the deep-rooted purpose of his life,and inspired him to tell this story of  ‘Dream Beyond Shadows’ and serve his duty as a Messenger of the Jungle.

Dream Beyond Shadows does not derive from the writer’s imagination but from the writer’s actual experience; which has given him the opportunity to breathe freely for every second of his life; regardless of how deplorable a situation is. Tasting real freedom, even for a second,makes life worth living.

‘Dream Beyond Shadows’ is not an attempt to craft intellectual discussion, or to prove a point; nor to show others what inspired the writer to narrate the story of ‘Dream Beyond Shadows’. It is solely written for the seekers of this world; who need an affirmation that it is possible to discover their true path in life; and then create their own reality based on their truth – as distinct from being controlled by a never-ending circle of desires.

He realized that the only way to find true purpose in life was to completely surrender himself to this world; and begin the process of cleansing the accumulated rubbish from his being. Only when he’d freed himself from this world’s conditioning and futile societal beliefs; could he begin to relearn the realities of life and remove himself from the delusions we have all been socialized to be a part of; delusions that force us to deny the possibility that something mightier and more vigorous than us could exist in this world. Delusions that stop us from composing a life beyond the measures of normalcy and keep us oblivious of the possibility that other realities could exist in this abstruse totality.

About Author: Kartikeya Ladha (Dream Beyond Shadows)

Born in Gwalior, a historical town in India, Kartikeya Ladha grew up immersed in the palette of India’s vibrant customs; and family life whilst being educated in a rigid school system at The Scindia School, a relic from the days of the British Raj. 

After completing his High School, Kartikeya leftIndia to attend the D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University in Boston; where he concentrated in Management and Entrepreneurship. Soon after graduation he moved to Brooklyn, New York; and worked for a start-up solar company as a door-to-door salesman and soon became a team leader. 

It was one of the most successful community solarization programs in the U.S; and Kartikeya fearlessly knocked doors in Brownsville, tagged as “Brooklyn’s Most Dangerous Neighborhood” by TIME magazine in 2012. He educated hundreds of households about climate change; and motivated them to take positive action for the environment by embracing renewable energy.

Kartikeya quickly became the company’s highest earner; and enjoyed all the delights of fast city-living – until an inner voice surfaced out of the darkness; compelled him to renounce his long-held plans of building a life in America; and go “seek the truth” behind human existence.

His quest in wake for the absolute truth led him to walk on an unknown path; and inspired him to travel around the world to faraway lands; while breaking past the normal equations of life to unearth his calling from our mystical world. In this process, he also initiated an endless stream of rediscovering himself as a human being; while trying to serve upon his life’s heart felt mission. 

‘Dream Beyond Shadows’ is his first book, which captures the narrative tales of his many insightful stories, based on the experiences he gained from a trailblazing expedition to Peru, South America.

Buy Now: Dream Beyond Shadows by Kartikeya Ladha

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