No Destination: An Autobiography

No Destination An Autobiography Written with a penetrating simplicity No Destination is an exhilarating account of an extraordinary life When he was only nine years old Satish Kumar renounced the world and joined the wandering bro

  • Title: No Destination: An Autobiography
  • Author: Satish Kumar
  • ISBN: 9781870098892
  • Page: 348
  • Format: Paperback
  • Written with a penetrating simplicity, No Destination is an exhilarating account of an extraordinary life 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 18, he became a campaigner for land reform, working to turn Gandhi s vision of a renewed IndiWritten with a penetrating simplicity, No Destination is an exhilarating account of an extraordinary life 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 18, 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 Following Indian tradition, in his 50th year he undertook another pilgrimage again without any money, he walked to the holy places of Britain Glastonbury Lindisfarne and Iona All of this and is recounted in this fascinating autobiography.

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    1. Inspiring - a combination of Hindu philosophy/spirituality, environmental aand green issues. I loved it, but felt that the solutions that the author makes seem so simple just wouldn't be scaleable to a global solution. That said, I agreed with almost all of the ideas

    2. Great guy. I did worry as, having seen this chap, it spoilt my image of him. When he was young I thought he was more selfish than I expected. However when I read about him at 50 and 60 I realised that he had matured, like all of us, I was right all along. He is great.

    3. I stuck this book on my wishlist after hearing about the author's peace walk around the world on Radio 4 as it sounded pretty interesting and I wanted to find out more. The early part of Kumar's life was pretty interesting and I was hooked probably up until he settled in Britain. Hearing about how he was trying to learn Welsh and raise a family were less interesting. However, I think the problem is that I fundamentally disagree with Kumar's basic philosophy on life. Despite some good points abou [...]

    4. The celebrity of Satish Kumar hinges on the great undertaking of the ''Peace Walk'', a journey on foot across Asia and Europe without pre-arranged means of support, to meet the four leaders of the nuclear armed superpowers of that time. What a story! Sadly, it was disappointing in the telling; I got the impression the author had either forgot and was too honest to embellish, or was reluctant in the first place. The two highlights we were prepared for in the blurb; the spell in French custody and [...]

    5. A fascinating book by & about a remarkable man.I can highly recommend the book for its content, but not for the way it's writtn: of particular irritation was the way that conversations were buried in the middle of paragraphs - at times it took a while to realise that it was a conversation & not just part of the narrative (which is written in the 1st person), & I found it very difficult to work out who said what. There were also too many cliched platitudes for my liking.However, I'm v [...]

    6. Excellent book.Sathish Kumar is an outstanding personality, whith a contemporary life history, as unique as it can get. I got to know first time about the book several years ago, and somehow it met me again. This time it felt right, and I would consider it one of the most inspiring autobiographic reads of my life. It is just about embracing, calmnes, little and big adventures, just happening. Genuinely heartful.

    7. After a very promising start, as a wandering monk, then in an ashram, and then working with the landless movement,and finally, walking from India to the US on a peace march, the book ends, and begins again. The second half is a homely account of the second half of his life, in England and about various journeys and pilgrimages here and there. Rather dull. Wish he had wrote more about walking across eastern europe and asia minor - that was very interesting stuff.

    8. A lovely walk with Satish Kumar as he recounts his life. We walk with him as he works to understand what the deep meaning of a spiritual person means to him and in what ways he interweaves social justice, education, family and teacher. A book well worth reading to understand Gandhi and Jain and Buddhist philosophy.

    9. Exciting autobiography book - loved every single bit of it! Story of the romantic nature's lover and at the same time very practical person,throughout all his life of changes,aspiring for peace and spirituality.

    10. I wish everyone would read this book, or at least something with similar sentiments. The world needs to hear this point of view more.

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