This book has been my guiding light. Whenever I felt I was not up to the mark, physically or spiritually, I would turn to this book for guidance, and it always delivered. The passages in this book have some amazing charm which is intact even after 119 years. Reading this book has provided me the same enlightenment as I get when reading the Bible. If you just do a quick read, you would not understand anything. The book has to be read with an open mind. It has to be read with a sense of seeking enlightenment and inspiration; only then would it make any sense.
It would not matter if, after the first read, one does not understand anything. Reread a sentence, think about it, let it impact your subconscious mind, think of all the places it can be applied. Repeat the process for every sentence. I agree it would be tedious, but this is the perfect manner to read such books. Keep reading the book, and you surely would find it making subtle changes in your life.