Ashoka never thought he would become a writer. English is not his native language. Nonetheless, over the years, he has written many articles in English. When he lost his voice, writing became the primary avenue for Ashoka’s communication. You can find links to several of Ashoka’s articles here.
With late Rabbi Harry Sky, Ashoka has co-authored, a book called 365 Invitation, A Collection of Inspirational Quotes. Here are a few testimonials on the book:
This sparkling gem of a book offers wisdom from two of the world's great spiritual traditions, Judaism and Hinduism. The late Rabbi is a Tsatdik (Jewish Holy Man) and Ashok Nalamalapu, a pandit (teacher of Hindu wisdom). Together, they offer a North Star of spiritual guidance in these troubled times. The book also contains wisdom from the Christian Tradition and Secular Wisdom to round out and balance the offerings. Recommended to all who seek wisdom and Peace.
My old and good friends Rabbi Sky and Ashok have put together a thoughtful and inspiring book that carries profound thoughts for each day of the year. I guarantee that it will make you smile, reflect, and ponder; what better way to start the day?
I was thrilled to receive a copy of the book “365 Invitations”. What a wonderful book. It is a book that provides thought provoking inspirational quote for each day of the year. This is a book that can be read year after year. The breathtaking photo that starts each month is a great addition. I plan to buy several copies for gifts to share with friends.
365 Invitations lives on my kitchen table. Every morning my partner and I read the quotation for the day. Some days we respond in a moment of quiet contemplation, some days one or both of us respond with a personal reflection on the quote and some days the quote sparks a lively discussion. Each day, we are grateful for the invitation.
Reflections: Unconditional love of someone else begins with yourself
"It is easy to love when we are at peace. The challenge is to love others when we are under stress. Self-awareness and meditation help us to prevent negative reactions to stressful situations and to hold that calm, loving place."
Self-Awareness Through Yoga
"Swami Vivekananda, an Indian Spiritual Leader, defined four predominant yoga paths - Bhakti Yoga, Karma Yoga, Jnana Yoga and Raja Yoga. By practicing any of these paths with devotion, one can realize Self. However, Swamiji said that by practicing all these four paths, one becomes a complete person."
Live More to Love More
"A loving person has traits such as presence, acceptance, kindness, patience, generosity, gratitude, honesty, forgiveness, courtesy, gentleness, humility and empathy." McKneally says, "Love is the essence of life. There are two kinds of love. One is conditional and the other is unconditional."