Wednesday 1 March 2017

Book Review : Open-Eyed Meditations by Shubha Vilas

Open Eyed Meditations is a self-help book which finds positivity in every aspect of life and help one to get over the difficulties of day to day life . As our blog also believes in this mantra this book was very good read. Here are few pointers from the book.

Book Cover:

Book cover is simple and portrays the human side face with multiple colors, which depicts the layers of thinking a person has. The book title “Open-Eyed Meditations” is catchy as meditation is always symbolizes closed eye thought process. The liner “practical wisdom to everyday life” upon the cover surely conveys the message of self-help book.

About the author:

Shubha Vilas holds a degree in engineering and law with a specialization in patent law. But in essence, he is an author, a motivational speaker, lifestyle coach, and a storyteller par excellence. Shubha Vilas also authored Ramayana – The Game of life Series books.

Shubhavilas book on meditation - auraofthoughts


This book contains 64 chapters, where each chapter tells you about a different type of meditation. Chapter’s titles are very captivating and make one to read it quickly, for example “Can I embrace my Embarrassments” and “A Complaint against Complaining”. In prior example author strikingly describes the manner to deal with embarrassments taking Arjuna as illustration, whereas in Complaint chapter, author in very simple manner narrates example of various creatures.

Every segment teaches a lesson in striking manner that your soul is connected to it’s learning and brief note at end of every chapter makes the meaning of it more clear.

Few statements in the section leave a great mark in your heart and makes readers think in that perspective. For example “Appreciation is a meditation on the beauty of qualities and not faults in beauty”; statement from chapter ‘9 - The Magic Carpet for Relationships’ makes one think of actual meaning of appreciation in real life.
This book surely is an eye opener to many outlooks of life .

Embracing Factors:

  • Synopsis after every chapter makes a point clear in reader’s mind.
  • Each meditation is thoroughly explained with various examples.
  • Short and crisp chapter with a defined message makes a statement of the book.
  • Epics are very suitably mentioned in each chapter and particular incident is explained in brief manner without making it draggy.


If one does not know about great epics Mahabharat and Ramayana, then reader is surely in a fix. As each meditation examples are based on characters of these epics.

Final Note:

This book should surely be one’s pick to keep oneself motivated. Reading each chapter a day can make one feel fresh and going in life. Read, absorb and execute each meditation technique mentioned beautifully by author Shubha Vilas. Such books can be read again and again to gain optimism in life.

Book Details:

Name: Open-Eyed Meditations
Author: Shubha Vilas
Genre: Self help
ISBN: 978 81 7599 390 7
My Rating: 4.5/5

Thank you Blogadda Team for sending author signed copy to me and grateful to Shubha Vilas who took his personal time to write a sweet note. This review is a part of the biggest Book Review Program for Indian Bloggers. Participate now to get free books!



  1. Writing a book review is really an achievement, an extension of the book reading habit! Keep at it!


    1. Yes Kaykuala, writing a book review makes us summarise the thoughts.

  2. I am highly interested in learning more insight about meditation. will surly try to check out this book as the plot and subject seems interesting to me. thanks a lot for sharing review of another useful book.

  3. It seems like a great book and its name really catch my attention open eye meditation. As you say it's chapter is related to Mahabharata and Ramayan , I am keen to know how.

  4. I really don't know much about meditation and it's different methods and practices. This will be an informative read for me.

  5. Starting from the title of the book to its content, this books seems a good pick. Keeping Mahabharat and Ramayan as its base, this is something new to me

  6. I have read books authored by Shubha Vilas. His books are really thought provoking and inspiring to a different level but yes the hitch you spoke about might be a real world problem not for me but some.

  7. Wow I would love to check this book out that talks about various ways to meditate. Thanks for sharing an honest review on this book.

  8. Self help books have their own set of audience and definitely this one will have it's own set of followers.

  9. I didn't know there were so many forms of meditation. For someone like me who is a newbie at meditation this book might be a notch higher level, but I am sure those who practice media regularly will find it useful.

  10. Great review.i am surely gone check this out. I love to do meditation 🧘‍♀️ not much ,but I always try 5 mins per day. Thanks for sharing this book details

  11. Absolutely love the review. And more interesting is that the book citing examples from epics. I'd definitely pick this book up sooner. Thanks for recommendation
    - sindhu

  12. Loved the way you have mentioned the book review. I like the fact that each chapter explains Each meditation thoroughly which is quite essential. Will try the book

  13. Like the way you have explained the book review. I personally prefer the fact that Each meditation is thoroughly explained in the book.

  14. This is lovely book reviews, and I loved how detailed review u have mentioned .I love such books, surely going to read the books

  15. Subha Vilas is one magical human being m his books talk about the harsh reality of life along with practical solutions.

  16. The first thing that caught my attention is the title of the book, it made me really curious to know about the technique of open eyed meditation. But as you mentioned that one should know about the Ramayana and Mahabharata to understand the examples better, people like me who are not much aware are at a loss.

  17. I love reading self-help books. The way you have reviewed this book means a lot to me. I would need your recommendation for a list of books that can help in teaching and learning mindfulness


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