Essence Seekers: A Quest Beyond the Forest of Enjoyment by Urmila Edith Best

Urmila dedicates this allegorical spiritual journey to essence seekers.

She explains she was inspired by the Bhagavad Gita and Bhagavata Purana. This is a uniquely edifying fable. It’s difficult to say in what time period this story is set. This makes the story feel otherworldly. It’s quite an interesting aspect.

We follow Avid, a young man, on his quest to find the something more to life. The story is a fun and ingenious way to become acquainted with the world’s spiritual marketplace. Urmila’s storytelling is thought-provoking. Her cast of characters will take you through a cornucopia of genuine spiritual experience from a host of different disciplines. Here you can explore and learn and spare yourself from the common pitfalls of a spiritual journey.

I believe this book is Urmila’s first foray into fiction. She has drawn her characters fairly well and the storyline is unique. There’s a lot of dialogue which helps keep the through line active. There are times where the pacing of the plot is a bit slow, but overall, this is worth reading.

In the back of the book there are notes about the metaphors found in the book and the cast of characters. The metaphors themselves are quite interesting and the list of characters and what they represent, also very interesting, help decipher this allegorical tale.

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