I’ve read more spirituality autobiographies over the past few years than I’d like to admit, but few appear to have been as relatable, intimate and honest as Unorthodox Confessions: The Importance of Dharma, Karma, and Reincarnation.
This novel is a remarkably frank recount of author Nadia Ballas-Ruta’s life and spiritual journey thus far. Beautifully written, without an ounce of ego in sight, Nadia shares her experience in moving from pain and suffering, to a life filled with greater inner-peace and harmony. This is not a sad nor depressing read, rather a celebration of how she began living a more authentic life, in touch with the Divine.
As a relative novice to Buddhism, I found the knowledge pertaining to dharma, karma, ego and reincarnation incredibly helpful. It was such an enjoyable and profound read that I had to share it on here.
Here are a few quotes that really resonated with me.
- ‘Your soul is the Divine within you. Fear is not Divine-it is created by the ego.’
- ‘Is everything destined? No. Is everything subject to free will? No. However, everything is subject to dharma. What does this mean? It means that whatever action we choose, there is a natural consequence of that action within the confines of our dharma.’
- ‘The law of karma is not a punishment. Rather, it is a balancing out of energy, and from this balancing process, we are supposed to learn, and attain wisdom. Karma is not a negative thing, but a very beautiful concept that is designed for our greater good.’
- ‘So the goal of the law of karma is not to be fault-free, but rather to reach the level of self-actualization wherein a person is so mindful of every moment that they realize we are all connected, and that what I do to you, I do to myself as well.’
- ‘Awakening is a never ending process. You reach one level of understanding about the true nature of life, only to find another level awaiting you.’
- ‘To be awake means to see life as it truly is, and not to be fooled by the illusion, while to be asleep means that one is consumed with the illusion, and therefore cannot see God.’
- ‘My heart hurt for how the Divine must feel for giving us so much, and yet we think He/She/It does not exist. Talk about unrequited love- the Divine is the most unrequited lover in human history.’
- ‘Anytime we are not at peace, the ego is ruling us. Anytime we feel true inner peace, the soul is what is guiding us.’
- ‘Your ultimate goal is to attain liberation. How do you do that? By mastering the self. And how do you do you master the self? You look inward, and work on all the things that are holding you back from living from your soul, your innate Divinity.’
- ‘Modern spirituality makes it seem that once you become aware of spiritual truths, you have arrived, and all is perfect. Nothing could be further from the truth.’
If you’re interested, you can buy a copy here: Unorthodox Confessions: The Importance of Dharma, Karma, and Reincarnation