ISBN: 9781900322577 Year Added to Catalog: 2009 Book Format: Hardcover Book Art: 19 B&W Illustrations Dimensions: 5 3/4 x 8 3/4 Number of Pages: 144 Book Publisher: Green Books Release Date: February 15, 2010 Web Product ID: 510
"In 1962 Satish Kumar walked from India on a peace march to the four corners of the nuclear world—Moscow, Paris, London and Washington—and he's been on the move ever since, 'physically, mentally, metaphorically.' And on all his pilgrimages, both outer and inner, Satish has remained a stalwart friend of our home, the Earth. If only all journeys and all conversations were as profound and inspiring as this one."
—Jonathan Stedall, documentary film-maker and author of Where on Earth is Heaven
In Earth Pilgrim, Satish Kumar draws on his personal experience and also his understanding of the spiritual traditions of both East and West. The book takes the form of conversations between Kumar and others about the inner and outer aspects of pilgrimage: “To be a pilgrim is to be on a path of adventure, to move out of our comfort zones, to let go of our prejudices and preconditioning, to make strides towards the unknown.” If we want to tread the pilgrim’s path, we need to go beyond ideas of good and evil and to be dedicated to our quest—to our natural calling. We need to shed not just our unnecessary material possessions but also our burdens of fear, anxiety, doubt, and worry; in this way we can find spiritual renewal and enter on the great adventure into the unknown.
Kumar believes that at this stage of human history we now need a new kind of pilgrim, unattached to any form of dogma—“Earth Pilgrims” who are concerned with this world, not the next, and who are seeking a deep commitment to life in the here and now, upon this Earth, in this world. We need to realize that we are all connected, and through that connectivity we become pilgrims.
About the Author
Satish Kumar is an internationally renowned speaker on ecological and spiritual issues. He is the author of The Buddha and the Terrorist; No Destination; You Are, Therefore I Am; and Spiritual Compass. He lives in North Devon, England.