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No Destination: Autobiography of a Pilgrim


No Destination: Autobiography of a Pilgrim

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    Satish Kumar(Author)
The new hardback 4th edition of Satish Kumar's inspirational autobiography is published in 2014 to commemorate 25 years since the foundation of Schumacher College, with new chapters about the college and bringing Satish's story up-to-date. When he was only nine years old, Satish Kumar renounced the world and joined the wandering brotherhood of Jain monks. Dissuaded from this path by an inner voice at the age of eighteen, he became a campaigner for land reform, working to turn Gandhi's vision of a renewed India into reality. Fired by the example of Bertrand Russell, he undertook an 8,000-mile peace pilgrimage, walking from India to America without any money, through mountains, deserts, storms and snow. It was an adventure during which he was thrown into jail in France, faced a loaded gun in America, and delivered packets of 'peace tea' to the leaders of the four nuclear powers. In 1973 he settled in England, taking on the editorship of Resurgence magazine, and becoming the guiding light behind a number of ecological, spiritual and educational ventures, including Schumacher College. Following Indian tradition, in his fiftieth year he undertook another pilgrimage: again without any money, he walked to the holy places of Britain - Glastonbury, Lindisfarne, and Iona. Written with a penetrating simplicity, No Destination is an exhilarating account of an extraordinary life.

"Describes episodes in the author's life which may people would dismiss as fable were they not true." -- David Nicholson-Lord, The Independent"If there is any single book which exudes both wisdom and tranquillity, then it is your autobiography."-- Victor Papanek, author of Design for the Real world"One of the few life-changing books I have ever read. I wish everyone would read it."-- Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul"Reading this book, you will have the rare pleasure of meeting a warm and witty, thoroughly genuine man, and one whose inspiration will not fail to move you."-- Kirkpatrick Sale"Satish Kumar is among the most important educators of the 20th century. His lifelong odyssey adds a compelling flesh and blood reality to the wisdom of the East." -- Theodore Roszak"Satish Kumar's unique story is stranger than fiction." -- Hazel Henderson --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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  • PDF | 192 pages
  • Satish Kumar(Author)
  • Resurgence Books; New edition edition (12 Mar. 1992)
  • English
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  • Biography
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  • By ian russell on 13 May 2009

    I came to this book after watching Adam Graham-Brown's spellbinding and beautifully filmed documentary on Satish Kumar; Earth Pilgrim, A Year on Dartmoor. Desiring to know more about the subject, I soon learned about the story of the ''Peace Walk'' undertaken by Kumar and was intrigued by the idea of walking across continents without any means of support, for whatever the cause it might be. Surely an astounding story is there to be read. In this I was sadly disappointed, both in the detail and the omissions. It was far too brief, whole countries rushed past in short paragraphs, and poor old Belgium didn't even get its own sentence. It gave a sense of a reluctance to tell this part of his story - or forgetfulness, perhaps; it was a while ago.What came before the walk, his childhood in India, life with the Jains, and following Ghandiism, was fascinating and interesting. However, after the walk the story develops into a mixed bag of banal living in the west: business endeavours, house-hunting, family-raising, schooling, seasoned by a slightly incongruous, though thankfully brief, spell of adulterous sex-farce. Honesty all well and good but this was putting me off somewhat. Still, I persevered.I'm glad I did. The pearl in this book is the longer account of his pilgrimage to Iona to mark his fiftieth. Taking in the length and breadth of Britain, he does this in the spirit of his earlier walk: on foot, mostly, and relying entirely on the goodwill of his friends and his magazine readership. It is brilliantly described and, unlike the earlier walk, I sensed he wanted to tell this story in full. I also felt I learned more about the man in this chapter than in the rest of the book. At the end of the second walk he mentions undertaking two further pilgrimages though gives us nothing about them. This is a shame as I feel, if these had been told as half as well as Iona, the three together would have made an excellent book on their own.The book ends with an interesting and enlightening interpretation of Ghandi's tenets which Kumar follows and would like others to appreciate. This is the ''life changing'' bit they warn you about, I expect, and what better place to finish (although having said that, this could be a book I'd selectively revisit).

  • By sue book worm on 26 November 2013

    Satish Kumar is one of my heroes. The way he lives and writes inspire all the time. He is a wise man and more people should read his books. I thoroughly recommend all his books, they are well worth reading.

  • By MrsAMVeneto on 8 February 2009

    The whole world should read this book.It is written in such a beautifully simple way, a complete joy to read. Thank you Satish,the world needs more people like you.

  • By Jessica Burford-Redgrove on 14 November 2013

    I bought this because I am doing a theatre project about unfinished journeys and pilgrimages. I know of Satish Kumar through the small school and resurgence, I know he is a very interesting man and also seems to be (to use a slightly out of fashion word) wise, so when someone suggested I read his autobiography it seemed sensible.Only problem is, I don't really enjoy autobiographies, but since this seems more like a novel, I am loving it. Full of interesting insight into religion, India, society, peace, but all through the story of his life, so it is not at all preachy. Excellent read for research and for enjoyment.

  • By Dafydd ap Gwilym on 3 July 2013

    This man is wonderful and his life an amazing journey. To walk the earth in the name of peace and nothing else shows his love for Mother Earth and all things on and in it

  • By Maggy on 7 December 2012

    When the guru of Satish blessed his journey but told him to travel without money, the journey changed from being ordinary tobeing extraordinary.

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