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May 29, 2009 09:56 AM
by abirtaha31

A Spiritual Journey of Self-Discovery beyond Eastern Fundamentalism and
Western Materialism

  "Alas! The god in man remains a child waiting to mature. Shall man
grow into a god, or is he doomed in his humanity?" This question,
posed in the prologue of Abir Taha's inspirational new philosophical
novel, The Epic of Arya: In Search of the Sacred Light (published by
AuthorHouse <> ), is central to the sacred
mission of its main character, Arya, who seeks to find the god within.

The Epic of Arya is a spiritual bible, an allegorical novel that follows
its narrator on a mesmerizing journey of self-discovery that will heal,
awaken and transform readers with its messages on love, truth and

Arya has a secret longing and a silent pain: half-woman, half-goddess,
she is torn between Love and Truth, between passion and duty. When she
wakes up from her eternal sleep into a new world that is surrounded by
darkness and confusion, she wonders, "Why has the gloomy veil of
Maya, goddess of illusion, covered the radiant face of Gaia our Earth?
Where and why has the sun disappeared? Why is God dead?" But what
she will discover is that the world has descended into ignorance,
wearing the mask of "faith" in the East, when it is truly
obscurantist fundamentalism, and the mask of "reason" in the
West, which disguises atheist materialism.

In exasperated despair, Arya resolves to roam the Earth in search of the
lost sacred light that would end humanity's eternal night. She
travels from East to West in search of Hyperborea, otherwise known as
Shambhala, the "land beyond the North wind," where legend has it
that the sun never sets and where gods first existed on the earth and
lived among men by speaking through them.

On her journey, Arya meets various characters that serve as mediators to
the discovery of her own identity and divinity, including a wise old man
from the East, an old woman from the North, a knight with whom Arya
falls in love, the King of the World, and a prophet who is Arya's
soul-mate and the invisible, constant presence which guides her.

As Taha explains, these characters are aspects of Arya's own soul
and the souls of all people. "Life is first and foremost an inner
journey of self-discovery," writes Taha. "All the people we meet
on our path are archetypes, symbols, states of mind, milestones that
lead us back to our own inner journey on the path of awakening."

Full of practical wisdom, poetic prose and spirituality steeped in
philosophy, The Epic of Arya conveys a universal message of unity, hope
and salvation in a world torn apart by the clash of civilizations and
religions, offering a spiritual alternative.

For more info, visit
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