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"As a Man Thinketh in his Heart so is he"

"As a Man Thinketh in his heart so is he" is a verse from the Book of Proverbs in the Bible (chapter 23, verse 7). The title of the book and eventually the whole book is mainly influenced by this verse. This verse has a much wider meaning and application to it, then we could imagine. But the book has not been dragged rather this book teaches us more than we can ever expect. This book is nothing else than sheer power made available to the whole of humanity. Power to transform and mould our lives.

The book contains Seven Chapters and it is only Ninety-Six (96) pages long. The book is a perfect example of how Quality outweighs Quantity. The book starts with a powerful quote/phrase and then provides a brief introduction of the author, his life, and his works.

"Mind is the Master power that moulds and makes, 
And Man is Mind, and evermore he takes 
The tool of Thought, and, shaping what he wills, 
Brings forth a thousand joys, a thousand ills:-- 
He thinks in secret, and it comes to pass:
Environment is but his looking-glass."
-Author of From Passion to Peace

This little volume (the result of meditation and experience) is not intended as an exhaustive treatise on the much-written-upon subject of the power of thought. It is suggestive rather than explanatory, its object being to stimulate men and women to the discovery and perception of the truth that-- "They themselves are makers of themselves".
-James Allen

These paragraph from the foreword sums up correctly the brief description of the book.

(Note: This book and the concept in it is much deeper and a person reading this book should have a good grip over the language and a deeper understanding of life. The book provides for the foundation of our very existential crisis and how to remedy it...interesting right? so, let's begin)

Allow me to provide you with the chapter wise Review of the Book:

🗯 The First chapter, "Thought and Character," is a short and introductory chapter that forms the base as to what the book is about & what is about to come in chapters further.

"A man is literally what is he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts".
You are the Master of your Fate
Seek and you shall Find
As a being of Power, Intelligence, and Love,
and the lord of his own thoughts, man holds
the key to every situation, and contains 
within himself that transforming and 
regenerative agency by which he may 
make himself what he wills.

🗯 The Second Chapter, "Effect of Thought on Circumstances," is quite descriptive and is one of my favorite chapters from the book. This chapter provides the tools to reform one's personality and Character to a great extent. This chapter basically talks about the thought process through which we humans start searching for our established being which is responsible for the conditions & circumstances in our life. This thought process is present in every one of us and when we move towards this being of ours which is self-made, we connect with this process more than any other thought or experience we have had in our life! So, what is this thing or experience? it is nothing else other than our spiritual being, our soul, our spirituality, and how we are morally? Now, what is spirituality? It is a much wider & broad concept than anyone can ever sum up. This cannot be summed up. Spirituality is totally and completely related to the different experiences every person has had in their life. but what is common, is the ultimate "Truth". This "Truth" is the core of our Existence and we suffer because we have strayed far away from this ultimate truth of our foundation "Our Thought Process". What we think of ourselves, we actually become that and our circumstances are also a result of our thoughts whether formed knowingly or unknowingly. This is moreover related to our sub-conscious mind.

The Author is well known for his philosophical discourses and this book is one of that. So, this book is all in one, philosophical, spiritual, practical, logical, applicable, and more.

"The human Will, that force unseen,
The offspring of a deathless Soul,
Can hew a way to any goal,
Though walls of granite intervene.

"Be not impatient in delays
But wait as one who understands;
When spirit rises and commands
The Gods are ready to obey."

🗯 The Third Chapter, "Effect of Thought on Health and the Body," is comparatively a shorter yet meaningful chapter and talks about how our thoughts form the very foundation of our physical and mental health.

The body is a delicate and plastic instrument,
which responds readily to the thoughts by 
which it is impressed, and habits of thought will 
produce their own effects, good or bad, upon it.

🗯 The Fourth Chapter, "Thought and Purpose," is very inspiring. It deals with the realization of the purpose, aims, or goals in one's life.

Aimlessness is a common vice
Untill thought is linked with purpose there is no intelligent accomplishment.
He who has conquered doubt and fear has
conquered failure. His every thought is
allied with power, and all the difficulties
are bravely met and wisely overcome.

🗯 The Fifth Chapter, "The Thought-Factor in Achievement," this chapter tells us what is hampering our growth and how we can make the situations and circumstances a favorable one by simply adjusting our thoughts and actions.

The Book provides for the "Laws of Universe" according to which everything, every circumstance Manifests itself the way our thoughts are impressed on our minds. Our happiness and sufferings which are brought upon by the circumstances, those circumstances are the manifestation of our thoughts. Good only produces good and evil only produces evil, this is the justice of the Universe this is the law of the universe, and human beings can only be in harmony if they are one with the "Law of the Universe".

All achievements, whether in the business,
intellectual, or spiritual world, are the
result of definitely directed thought, are 
governed by the same law and are of the 
same method; the only difference lies in
the object of attainment. 

🗯 The Sixth Chapter, "Visions and Ideals," this chapter places in front of the fact that we should never stop dreaming and visualizing our dreams. We all should have a vision, a lofty dream, and aspire to work towards the achievement of our dreams & fulfillment of our vision for them to become our reality.

The Dreamers are the saviors of the world
Dreams Beget Realities
There is no such thing as Luck
You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominant aspiration.
He who cherishes a beautiful vision, a
lofty ideal in his heart, will one day realize it...
Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so
shall you become.

🗯 The Seventh Chapter, "Serenity," this chapter makes us understand that for all the above to fall in place the most important ingredient is the calmness of mind.

Contentment is an Art
Self-control is Strength; Right Thought is Mastery; Calmness is Power. Say unto your Heart, "Peace, be still!"
The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success,
his influence, his power for good...
The strong, calm man is always loved and revered.

My Rating: 5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is the first book to which I have given a 5-star rating.

Although this classic doesn't require anyone's praise and ratings to be proved as one of the most powerful books ever and the most loved and revered ones. The significance of this book is indescribable. In my opinion, this book in some sense is a mini yet powerful version of "The Power of your Subconscious Mind" by Joseph Murphy. I prefer this book over the TPoySM.

Book at a glance for you

Can you think of a single moment in the whole day when your mind is blank and thoughtless? Do you know how powerful every thought is?

"Cherish your visions; cherish your ideals;
cherish the music that stirs in your heart,
the beauty that forms in your mind, the
loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts, 
for out of them will grow all delightful
conditions, all heavenly environment;
of these, if you but remain true to them,
your world will at last be built."

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