Break the Norms: Questioning Everything You Think You Know About God and Truth, Life and Death, Love and Sex

Reviewed By Vidhi Vohra

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“Break the Norms: Questioning Everything You Think You Know About God and Truth, Life and Death, Love and Sex”
By Chandresh Bhardwaj, Sounds True Publications, Inc., 184 pages

Our entire lives have been programmed for us even before we are born. Family, friends and the society we live in, all have predetermined expectations of our individual personalities.

We accept most of our beliefs on topics like god, sex, love, religion, ego, spirituality, and enlightenment without doubting its source. We seldom wonder if we genuinely trust our beliefs or are they just a subconscious learning owing to communal influences.

What is socially acceptable? Are we all biologically conditioned to follow the same rules and principles? How often do we really choose how to behave versus doing what we’re told because it’s the standard for appropriate or acceptable behavior?

Chandresh Bhardwaj’s book, “Break the Norms,” not only questions these cultural byproducts, but also motivates readers to dig deeper within themselves to be able to accept or dispute their personal opinions and philosophy on religion, god, sex, values, manners, deeds, death, life and love. The author uses his own personal examples to illustrate common challenges we all have faced whilst determining, understanding, defining, and selecting what ‘norms’ truly resonate with our individual truth.

He isn’t writing to change your mind. This is not a book of rules, a to-do list, or a book of answers to these uncertainties. It’s more of a catalyst to inspire the reader to become better acquainted with the true self. To find out who you really are, what is important to you, why do you behave the way that you do? Does your brain really connect with your heart when you respond to cultural stimuli? Do you know what you’re passionate about? What drives your psychology each day? Once we begin searching for these answers, only then can we begin to resolve anxieties on what we really want from our lives and complete being.

Break the Norms contests the history of social, spiritual and traditional ideas. It looks into the problem of blindly accepting cultural signifiers. It argues that every single one of us is capable of tapping into the realms of our deepest desires, eliminating any baseless biases, and carefully selecting the path we were always meant for. Being born a Hindu and in a lineage of distinguished gurus, Chandresh is able to explain the principles of spirituality, enlightenment and meditation in simple words that apply appropriately to the current state of affairs with humankind.

Ideas that are widely accepted by the majority, whether it be that death is the final end, being wealthy isn’t spiritual, people with an ego are malicious, or that sex is a sin; are opposed, even argued with experts and examples from the author’s personal life experiences.

Each chapter includes exercises for the reader that will allow him to recognize his ideals, examine his mind, identify what his heart wants, and consequently accept his own soul. This book will give the reader all the tools he requires to be able to carve out a distinct path to enlightenment and find his own truth.

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