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  • 06/2018
  • 9781720769873 1720769877
  • 186 pages
  • $16.95
Gita: Between the Unknowable and the Unreal
In this follow-up to my book TotIs, Gita, on the brink of a great battle to defend the city she is charged with protecting, feels a sense of futility as she contemplates the coming fratricidal slaughter, unable to justify the bloodshed in the name of victory. She seeks the counsel of her old mentor, Socrates, pleading for his help in finding her way back to her duty and purpose in life. Thus begins a life-changing discussion as Socrates calls upon the Bhagavad Gita and the Tao Te Ching to show Gita that Einstein was right: our conscious experience of reality is an illusion. Socrates unites ancient wisdom with the findings of modern physics to describe totIs reality, the prime reality that is forever beyond our ability to experience. Socrates, using the insights of these ancient texts, helps Gita meet her destiny by proposing a way to live life in harmony with the contradiction that our experienced reality is a product of our consciousness, while true reality remains unmanifest to that consciousness.
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Kirkus Reviews

Kazden’s (TotIs, 2015) novel imagines a conversation between a Greek philosopher and a self-doubting military leader.

In his previous novel, the author brought together great minds from past eras, including Socrates, Albert Einstein, and Leonardo da Vinci, to debate various concepts of truth and time. In this follow-up, he proposes two new definitions of reality: “totIs reality,” which is the one, true “prime reality,” and “antIs reality,” which is the individualistic interpretation of “totIs,” fabricated by our biosensory systems. Socrates returns to counsel a respected, fearless warrior named Gita, who’s the commanding general of an unnamed city that’s preparing for war. The opposing force is led by Gita’s uncle, Prince Fidi, and her cousins, Chatapodi and Kavouras. Gita’s fortitude is challenged by the prospect of spilling family members’ blood, causing her to reach out to Socrates for guidance. Her conversations with the philosopher span the length of the novel, drawing on wisdom from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita (after which Gita was named); the Chinese religious and philosophical text, the Tao Te Ching; and modern physics. The novel charts Gita’s journey toward a revelatory understanding of “totIs” and, in turn, a deeper conception of the world around her. Once again, Kazden demonstrates a rare ability to describe complex concepts with clarity and precision. He uses the character of Socrates to gently impart these ideas to readers: “Hot and cold are experiences of reality that are sensory driven, as are red and blue, happy and sad, near and far, before and after. All of our experiences of reality, in absolute terms, are sensory driven.” Kazden further embellishes the unique depiction of reality from his first novel with a specific emphasis on how “antIs” is a form of bondage, keeping people from the “freedom” and “truth” of “totIs.” The result is a thought-provoking intellectual journey that will encourage readers to reassess their own places in the universe. 

Imaginative and thoroughly stimulating.

Formats
Paperback Book Details
  • 06/2018
  • 9781720769873 1720769877
  • 186 pages
  • $16.95

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