“Being at Home: Poetry, Philosophy and Expressions” by Dr. Rohitash Chandra was launched on 22nd August at Vineyard Palace Suva through Software Foundation Press. The book was launched by Hon. Jone Usamate, the Minister for Health.
“The theme and subject of the book is in general about sprituality. It highlights some of the areas in humanism, sprituality and meditation with poetry, notes and essays. This book has been inspired by mystical traditions such as Yoga, Vedanta, Zen, Taoism, and Sufism which have meditation as the common ground. “ Hon. Usamate highlighted during his speech.
Speech by Hon. Jone Usamate about “Being at Home”
“It is certainly remarkable to see how a young poet attempts to shed light on some of the most delicate and sensitive areas of human existence. His philosophical inquiry challenges one to think ‘outside of the box’ and question life by at least pondering upon one’s beliefs, thoughts and behaviour.” Hon. Usamate also highlighted that the research directions of Dr. Chandra in the area of Health and Medical Informatics will be very helpful to Fiji besides his contribution to literature and philosophy.
Dr. Rohitash Chandra in this speech highlighted about the book, “This collection is dense with a spiritual fibre. I have been studying Indian philosophy for last few years and it has motivated the themes of my poems. I have been studying ancient spiritual texts of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Taoism and Sufism where meditation is central and the meaning of love is deeper and more spiritual. Only half of the book is poetry, the other half contains some essays and there are short notes which I call “expressions” that gives my view of a number of subjects that include Philosophy behind Science and Technology, Hinduism, Spirituality and Meditation, and Love and Relationships.”
He further empathized how the title refers to something deeper while being simple, “One of the goals of this book is to gather science and spirituality together as organised religions have given a poor notion that they are apart. ‘Being at Home’ refers to the meditative state when you are relaxed and complete. It refers to peace and freedom from ones desires and being with your Self, the home. “