Sohrab ChamanAra; A JOURNEY TO THE TRUTH; AuthorHouse (Body Mind & Spirit) $15.50 ISBN: 9781420877274
The Hindu Rig Veda teaches Truth is One though the sages know it as many. This teaching is one that Sam the primary character in A Journey to the Truth learns as he explores the many religions and philosophies of the world. Less a novel than a parable this story shares author Sohrab ChamanAras apparent yearning for cultures to meld and for people to understand that many religions share spiritual roots or values.
Sam is born in a Chicago ghetto in 1947 and is orphaned in his teens. With the help of family and friends he overcomes his background and begins his spiritual journey in Christianity. As he meets people of varying backgrounds he converts to Islam then Judaism followed by Buddhism Hinduism and finally Sufi a mystical form of Islam.
Sams career path also takes many twists and turns. He repairs radios and TVs earns a degree in engineering obtains extreme wealth through the stock market falls into poverty after the crash of 1987 runs for political office then hosts a radio talk show. Sam struggles with balancing his wealth with his need to help his friends and strangers. Ultimately he realizes that a caring heart a kind deed a loving touch a good Word however small however quiet is the Whole.
The book purports to resemble a similar spiritual journey found in The Conference of the Birds a twelfth-century Persian book of poems. The literary connection however is not easy to discern for average readers who are probably unfamiliar with the work.
A Journey to the Truth suffers from distracting editing flaws in punctuation tense capitalization...