In his new book The Wisdom Bridge – Nine Principles to a Life that Resonates in the Hearts of Your Loved Ones, Kamlesh D. Patel ‘Daaji’, the Guide of Heartfulness, says that parents everywhere are doing their best and they need support.
Drawing on ancient stories, discussing contemporary situations, sharing his life learnings, citing research and offering practical ‘how to’ tips, Daaji in The Wisdom Bridge guides us in strengthening the irreplaceable generational bonds of family, and in raising happy children, responsible teenagers and fulfilled adults.
Daaji says, “My new book puts the spotlight on the importance of wisdom in our lives. In times of uncertainty and doubt, wisdom shows the way, it helps us focus on leading a life of inspiration, one filled with meaning and purpose. During the early months of the pandemic, the question that kept coming up in my mind was, ‘How do I help parents through this new normal?’ For the past many years, I have been speaking about the well-being of families, the nurturing of children and the need to take care of our elders. Against the backdrop of the pandemic, with an increased sense of urgency, I started writing this book.”
The current and fourth guide of the Heartfulness global movement, father of two and grandfather of three, Daaji has spent the past four decades training people across the world in Heartfulness meditation.
The Wisdom Bridge is a deeply personal call to fortify existing spiritual and emotional connections within the family that transmit life’s richest learnings across generations. It is a call to build, where not yet existing, such bridges across the oft-cited ‘generation gap’ to meet the needs of every generation living in a family.
In The Wisdom Bridge Daaji lays down a path along nine principles that are expressions of the universal determination of parents to do their best for their children and of communities to see their families thrive.
The Wisdom Bridge (Penguin Random House India) that is available for pre-order on Amazon, is for parents. And Daaji uses the word ‘parent’ to address anyone caring for a child—parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, teachers and caregivers; and he uses ‘family’ in its many flavours—parents-to-be, large joint families, nuclear families, families with co-parents, single parents and so on.
The Wisdom Bridge by Daaji is a truly special book for families to read and cherish. I am proud and delighted that he has chosen Penguin Random House India as the home for this timeless and important book.
– Milee Ashwarya, Publisher, Ebury Publishing and Vintage
I teach students how to develop an intuitive connection with music through feeling (bhaav). It is through feeling and introspection that self-awareness develops. Whether it’s the journey of music or life, what matters is growing self-awareness. I impart this lesson through the flute, and Daaji does this by pouring the wisdom of spirituality into hearts through meditation.
– Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, flautist and teacher
What a delight! This book [The Widsom Bridge] removes the difficulty from topics like discipline and character building that most teachers and parents struggle with. Daaji’s idea of wisdom bridges and cherishing them is an ode to the values and ideals of our country. This is a timely book that families will benefit from, including my own.