Nature is My Teacher

Pacific Book Review

Nature is My Teacher is an insightful and enlightening text that will inspire readers. Prabhash Karan uses science and spirituality to explain nature and biology. This book is an expansive text that delves into many topics. Karan writes extensively about nature, climate, and the history of the Universe itself. Karan also writes about how nature is being polluted by deforestation, climate change, and carelessness about nature. He not only writes about nature’s problems, but how to solve them. He advocates using renewable energy and taking action to take care of the Earth. Karan writes about human biology, physical health, and mental health. He writes about the physical life cycle of a human and psychological life of people’s emotions. He details how nature, emotion, and even a person’s diet, are connected to impact people’s lives. Karan implores readers to fully express their emotions and to take care of their surrounding environments. Nature is My Teacher also advocates for readers to continue to learn and to remember the importance of education to enrich their lives. Nature is My Teacher perfectly combines the scientific and spiritual. Karan writes in great detail about nature and the history of Earth, but also tells moving stories about how growing up in rural India helped him appreciate nature more. He humanizes nature by referring to her as ‘Mother’ and advises readers on how to care for Mother Nature. Karan writes movingly about living peacefully and living in harmony with other people will help readers live their best lives. Nature is My Teacher also advocates for readers to empathize with each other to create inner peace. Additionally, Karan writes about how to treat mental illness not only with medication, but throughout the text is enhanced by diagrams and quotes from philosophers such as Victor Hugo.

Nature is My Teacher would be best for readers who like books that mix science and self-help, like Deepak Chopra’s The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success. Readers of self-help authors like Marianne Williamson’s A Course in Miracles will also gain insight from Karan’s writing. The book could be given out at spiritual and environmental gatherings. The scientific aspects of the book could be taught in university science classes as well. Nature is My Teacher is a book that will inspire readers to take care of themselves and nature. Karan’s wide-ranging book will take readers on an unforgettable spiritual journey.


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“Let nature take its course. The essential idea is not to meddle with nature. Connect nature with your nature. For this, you need not be a philosopher.”

Karan’s voluminous book can be regarded as a grand embrace and celebration of nature, in which the author honors Mother Earth in her entirety, encouraging readers to become intimately acquainted with the natural world. This nearly encyclopedic treatment of living life in harmony with nature is as much philosophy as it is hard science (i.e. human physiology, astrophysics, meteorology, neuroscience, evolutionary biology, chemistry, geology, and the like). Karan also focuses his unique and riveting interpretation of nature through the lenses of anthropology, examining cultures throughout human history, their religious practices, mythologies, politics, technologies; deep environmentalism; and a science-based climate change call-to-action. Finally seeking that which the individual reader cares most about in his or her life, the author offers fierce encouragement for its success.

Consisting of three basic sections—Nature, the Origin of Life, and Human Emotion and Life Experience—Karan’s work explores in impressive detail planet Earth itself, including such phenomena as weather, natural resources, differing ecosystems, the air and water crucial to sustaining life; human evolutionary theory; and the many ways in which we, in the present age, experience stress, anxiety, even depression, resultant primarily from our constant, on-the-move, instant-gratification lifestyles. And yet, the author succeeds in sharing a hopeful vision for overcoming such anxieties, rooted deeply in hope, love, nutrition, education, charity, community, and basic human-kindness. “For today,” writes Karan, “no matter whoever says what, spare your time for the places, events, ideas, people, and activities that make your heart shout loud: ‘Yes!'” The hallmark strength of this book is, quite simply, the sheer enthusiasm the author has in abundance for the subject matter at hand and the many creative ways in which that contagious passion is bestowed as a gift upon the reader. The breadth and depth of that which Karan offers is, indeed, stunning.


Kirkus Reviews

A comprehensive guide to the history and variety of human biology.

In this overview, engineer Karan (Of Human Nature and Good Habits, 2019) takes a largely scientific and analytical look at many aspects of the human body, bringing in elements of basic cosmology and earth sciences as he addresses such topics as birth, growth, and general physiological and psychological health. He gives readers a necessarily concise overview of the development of human life and the workings of evolution by means of natural selection, as well as an examination of the complexities of human reproduction and genetic inheritance. It concludes with a section on emotional development and the key role it plays in life. Earlier, he notes that “We don’t see others as they are; we see them as we feel they are. There is a missing link; trust is the primary missing link in our modern life.” Karan can be just as clear and straightforward in his scientific summaries: “Human development is a dynamic and complex process,” he writes. “The better we understand, the better is our ability to enhance health and well-being both before and after the childbirth.” Nevertheless, it’s wise that he prefaces the text with a disclaimer that the information in his book “does not claim textbook accuracy,” as there are indeed errors, as when he asserts that “science has long taught that human beings are not just another kind of animal,” when science has long taught precisely that, or that people are “programmed to see members of other races as, literally, different beings…that may be trying to annihilate us,” when it’s been amply demonstrated that racism is learned behavior. The book is on far firmer ground, however, when it discusses the specifics of complicated physiological topics, such as pregnancy or adolescence.

A highly readable, if occasionally questionable, scientific overview.

Of Human Nature and Good Habits

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Prabhash Karan’s book Of Human Nature and Good Habits: Baby Steps to Follow Mother Nature will enable you to be a wholesome person. I understood the Universe better after reading the parts of the book which covered nature and the origin of life. What makes this book stand out from other books in this genre is the author’s ability to have the reader engaged in his discussions. Prabhash writes about things that the

average human can relate to even as he goes further to discuss other deeper subjects. I admired that the author added an Abraham Lincoln quote when he started on Human Nature. The quote reads “If you look for the bad in people, expecting to find it, you surely will.” This classic Lincoln quote is self-explanatory as it essentially says you will find what you want to find if you keep digging.

Through this book, I got to understand why humans value good nature more than authority or any form of treasure. The author defined good nature as qualities that important people have. They include virtues like humility, care, love, patience, bravery, and confidence. The author also writes on the importance of having a good listening ear. Reading this book will have you understand the relationship between one’s DNA, their character and the influence the environment they are in has on them. The surroundings you grow in shape you. Your environment shapes your way of thinking and the perception you have.

I enjoyed reading about the difference between one’s Intelligence Quotient (IQ) and their Emotional Quotient (EQ). Prabhash explained in detail how some people have their IQs raise when they live in certain locations. This book will help you live a simple honest life and have you stay natural at all times. One of my favorite parts in the book was the topic of human emotion and life experience. Some of the topics the author handled hit closer to home, leading me to several moments of self-reflection. The author has encouraging texts for people who are undergoing depression or trying to beat it. Prabhash insisted on the need to focus on positive experiences to avoid sadness and misery. Being around positive energy will help raise your spirits as you face depression.

Of Human Nature and Good Habits is a good read if you are conscious of your mental, environmental and general well-being. The author arranged the topics he discussed systematically, making reading a fun experience. The book can also be classified as motivational because of the nuggets of wisdom in between the pages. One commendable thing about this book is how deep the discussions were. The author not only touched on humans and their characters but also other forces that are part of the universe. You can read this book in bits and still connect the topics.


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“By nature, all humans are alike, but practice sets them apart.”

There is a debate, almost as old as time itself, regarding the primary influence on human behavior and development and whether it is due to nature or the environment (nurture). Karan explores this topic in depth. The author lays the foundation of his thought process by starting with the research and philosophies surrounding the impact that both nature and nurture play in human behavior and development.

The diverse viewpoints are backed up by quotes, widely accepted psychology principles (i.e., Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, introversion vs. extraversion, etc.), and research studies. However, unlike a traditional nonfiction book that uses academia to support a viewpoint, Karan doesn’t cite the research sources that he mentions, making it difficult for a reader to pursue further the academic side of these topics. Nonetheless, this doesn’t detract from the message, or the purpose of presenting this information, which is to guide readers on how to harness the knowledge in a way to make changes to either their outlook on life or lifestyle.

What makes Karan’s work stand out is how he uses nature and nurture principles on classic virtues and habits (such as garnering a balance of patience or increasing happiness) to ones that are applicable for the modern age. A wonderful example of this is in a section called “Mind and Body,” where the modern culture of technology and social networking has influenced both human lifestyle and the general population’s outlook on life. This book will appeal to readers who either want a further understanding of the nature vs. nurture debate or who are looking to change their lives.


Kirkus Reviews

Retired engineer Karan (Health and Medical Care, 2019, etc.) breaks down human behavior and personality in this nonfiction work that’s part of a series on human wellness.

It’s easy to attribute certain tendencies to “human nature,” but what does that phrase actually mean? “By nature, all humans are alike, but practice sets them apart,” Karan explains early in this book. “A loving person loves to live in a loving world, a hostile person in a hostile world, and a monk among the monks.” The author takes the many aspects of human nature—personality, ambition, memory, and even laughter and song—and offers a lengthy discussion on each. He includes references to scientific research, as well as historical perspectives, cultural associations, psychological schemas, and some of his own personal impressions. He begins with the age-old battle of “nature versus nurture,” and Karan’s argument addresses the complexity of humanity itself: the immense power of the natural world, the limits of logic and rationality, and the myriad influences that go into shaping each one of us. Over the course of this book, Karan’s prose is lively and generally authoritative. However, he sometimes lapses into Walt Whitman-esque paeans to Mother Nature that feel a bit out of place: “The treasures hidden in nature are so rich! She makes us rich….We learn from her. Nature is our teacher!” At nearly 500 pages in length, the book is truly wide-ranging, covering everything from the effects of social media on happiness to different therapy strategies to the various types of lying (including “fabrication,” “bluffing,” and “manipulation”). There are plenty of books on this the topic of human nature that might appeal more to a general readership, but readers who are looking a bit more energy and a dash of spiritualism may find Karan’s work to be a good

An idiosyncratic but informative volume on why we do the things we do.

How to Win Nature and Enjoy Good Life

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To help the reader understand the content in How to Win Nature and Enjoy Good Life better, author Prabhash Karan divided the book into three parts. The first part talks about love and relationships; the second is about enjoying the good life; and the last part discusses enjoying good food. The topics have been systematically arranged in that the message in the first part helps you understand what is being discussed in the following parts. The author dominantly dwells on nature and how humans relate to their surroundings. One thing I realized from the beginning of the book is that hate causes more damage than we imagine. ‘Love wins and hate ruins.’

You will be enlightened about culture, health, faith, relationships and the universe at the end of the book. I enjoyed reading about how life came into being and how nature is important for every living being. To the author’s credit is his style of adding as much information as possible when talking about the various subjects. Prabhash Karan uses data and statistics to draw conclusions. Through the data, one can see how the figures given are real and not made up. He also compares life in the beginning and how things have changed today using the same statistics.

This book is about positivity and good vibes. The author teaches about qualities which make one a great person such as kindness, humility, hope, and goodwill. It is important to be kind to people as we need each other to co-exist. The discussion about human emotion and life experience was eye-opening. Prabhash Karan enables the reader to reflect on one’s self, and examine how one has been living. The author has a subtle way of questioning the things you engage in, and how you can make life better.

Reading this book will give you a chance to experience life differently. The author is modest with his words but still manages to pass the message. How to Win Nature and Enjoy Good Life is a bit complex to understand if you pick random subjects but clear if you read it from the start.

To enjoy this book, you need to take a moment and think about how you live your life. The words are engrossing and one is able to take the lessons shared in the book. How to Win Nature and Enjoy Good Life will help you improve your health, better your social life and take care of your mental health. This is a self-help book that is not at all monotonous. The author writes brilliantly, leaving points after covering each subject and tackling issues that affect humans. The book will have you appreciate the beauty of nature and propel you to be conscious of how you


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“Once your life is purpose driven, you can make decisions about allocating your time, energy, talent, and other resources.”

Though medical advances are made constantly, the average life expectancy does not seem to increase. And how is it that people in civilized countries still die at young and middle ages to various diseases and maladies, but people in remote rural areas around the globe routinely live to a century or more? In this book, as in his other work, the author posits that what really leads to a long, healthy, and happy life is a connection with the natural world and the natural order. This guide focuses on three key areas—love, attitude, and diet—in order to help increase wellness, emotional well-being, and physical health. Each piece of advice is meant to be taken individually and mastered before tackling the next, creating a manageable roadmap of directions that anyone can follow in order to rediscover their place in the natural world.

As the subtitle implies, the author of this book doesn’t expect readers to immediately rewrite each of their habitual activities and ways of thinking and make a radical transformation. Certainly, those that give this book their full attention and an open mind may find themselves in a completely different lifestyle by the end of the journey, but the author’s tone is one that is encouraging and realistic about the recommendations and observations that he makes. Almost half of the book is dedicated to dietary adjustments, explaining the benefits derived from a host of natural foods and beverages. Throughout the book are helpful charts, visual aids, and scientific explanations that give the reader background in why certain things that they think might be good for their health are actually working against them. The guidance in this book is both enthusiastic and motivational, inspiring the reader to take even the smallest step toward a healthier and happier life.


Kirkus Reviews

A wide-ranging treatise focuses on the nature of happiness in modern life.

This latest book from Karan (Life, Living and Lifestyle, 2019, etc.) revolves around some fairly straightforward questions: “Are you happy? Why do things feel so good for some people and for others so bad?” In a long series of chapters often buttressed by gleanings from scientific studies, the author seeks to answer such questions on a huge variety of topics, from health and exercise to diet and nutrition and family life and child-rearing. His narrative throughout is well paced, with deeper, more data-heavy elaborations on each subject counterbalanced by short, to-the-point observations. When presenting research findings on the importance of maintaining social ties, for instance, he states simply: “Loneliness kills. It’s the next big public health issue.” A similarly straightforward tone animates his discussion on the evidence of the widespread harm people are doing to themselves by a round-the-clock obsession with cellphones, from degrading their health to erasing their privacy. (Every cellphone, he reminds his readers, is also a tracking device.) Karan gives advice on such age-old parental responsibilities as talking to children about sex as well as more modern issues (dealing with video game addiction, for example). Much of this book delivers clearly reasoned common sense designed to help readers who feel as if their lives are being “consumed in the modern rat race.” But the audience will also encounter passages that are groaningly old-fashioned (Women are believed to be “the embodiment of sweetness and affection”), baffling (The contention, for instance, that “all human physiological reactions so far discovered in the whole universe” amount to about one million), or controversial (“Modern research reveals that innate genetic programming accounts for as much as 50 percent of our happiness”). And some of Karan’s conclusions—lines like “When you feel good, the world feels good with you. Life is beautiful”—feel half-hearted. But it’s a big, full book: Readers will have plenty of picking and choosing to do.

A readable, useful, and detailed examination of the core roots of happiness.


Readers’ Favorite

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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers’ Favorite

Life is beautiful and Mother Nature is even more beautiful. How To Win Nature and Enjoy Good Life: Baby Steps to Follow Mother Nature by Prabhash Karan is a collection of five books that highlights the beauty of Mother Nature and how she provides the earth with her beauty and grace and breathes life into everyone. We live in times where modern society is always rushing to meet their needs and require instant gratification. This leaves people with little time to understand their purpose in life. These five books together will give readers comprehensive knowledge about the planet, environment, cosmos, our bodies, jobs, living, and lifestyle. Each book works as a perfect guide and companion for readers, and the author handles the themes with expertise. This book will help readers realize how easy it is to get out of this rut and still live a life of modernity, about good and bad things, how to look into the problem of do’s and don’ts, and make a good life even better. A little adjustment in the way of thinking and getting a lifestyle tuned will make a huge difference in the quality of life. The author’s views will help readers connect better with Nature and give them glimpses of the wonders and beauty that exist around them. The author speaks about a relevant and much-discussed topic in a simple yet authoritative manner, giving awareness on family, marriage, relationships, food habits, diet, and nutrition in a way that will make readers look at the many aspects of life with a new perception and implement the necessary changes for improvement.


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