Here’s my review of The Dalai Lama’s Cat by David Michie.
The Dalai Lama’s Cat gives us an insider view of what it means to be in the presence of divinity and wisdom.
Written in a narrative style, the book charts the journey of a stray cat from the streets of Delhi to the chambers of Dalai Lama and its life there. When all seems bleak and the light of life is almost extinguished, the Dalai Lama steps into the life of this lucky cat. Soon it becomes the most loved companion of His Holiness and is also christened as HHC – His Holiness’s Cat. The position brings with it many privileges and comforts that the cat had never imagined in its wildest dreams. But the most prized privilege is the companionship and company of His Holiness. Once secure, the cat grows and explores its vicinity, experiments with pushing its boundaries, and finally makes peace with its position in the holy household.
HHC is witty, immature, childish, arrogant and wise, all at the same time. You cannot but love the little devil. Pampered by all, HHC witnesses life from its high perch on the window of Dalai Lama’s chambers and learns many a life lessons. Through HHC we witness Dalai Lama impart wisdom in the most simplistic forms, in our everyday life routines, in our follies, in our courage, in our loving and in our rage. There is a lesson to be learnt from all. As HHC grows wise you find yourself drawn into a world where peace prevails.
I am what most people call a non-believer, mostly because I don’t pray to any particular God or follow any guru. Naturally, before starting this book I was a bit skeptical about it being preachy. Refreshingly, this book was anything but that. The lessons that HHC learns during the book are lesson you learn, even though they relate to the life of a cat. The book has many overlapping layers. Through a cat’s story, it takes us through the practical lessons of Buddhism. A message that shines through is ‘Be mindful of the moment you are in’.
The overall feeling while reading this book was that of peace like I have never felt before. It is one of those books that I would like to buy and keep. Because as I was reading it, I felt like I had understood all the lessons and can now perfectly practice them in my own life. But once the book was over, and life took its course, I know I have lost touch with most of its treasures. More importantly I miss that sense of serenity. 🙂