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From Here to Nirvana

Cushman, Anne

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ISBN 10: 1573227153 / ISBN 13: 9781573227155
Published by Riverhead Trade, 1999
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Title: From Here to Nirvana

Publisher: Riverhead Trade

Publication Date: 1999

Book Condition:Good

Edition: Reissue.

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For the curious beginner or the seasoned pilgrim, From Here to Nirvana is the be-all, end-all guide to yogis and gurus, ashrams and temples--the lowdown on food, facilities, and bringing your own mosquito net, as well as where to go, what to pack, and how to get there--from the foothills of the Himalayas to the Malabar coast. It's the first comprehensive book on the art of pilgrimage in the subcontinent.


If your dreams of traveling to India include some sort of spiritual exploration, here's an essential guide that will help ease your planning and your mind. Coauthor Anne Cushman is senior editor at Yoga Journal magazine, and along with Jerry Jones has researched hundreds of yogis, gurus, ashrams, and temples to make this "the first comprehensive book on the art of pilgrimage in the subcontinent."

After some useful general background material, the book devotes the bulk of its pages to a directory of ashrams, yoga schools, and meditation centers. The listings are presented alphabetically by state, and include facilities and food, fees, schedules, how to get there, other services, books, and tapes. Descriptions are entertaining and informative. Here's a sampling from the introduction to Prasanthi Nilayam Ashram in Andhra Pradesh: "With over ten million devotees worldwide--and 1,638 centers in 137 countries--Sathya Sai Baba is undoubtedly the most famous of India's living gurus. He's believed by his disciples to be an avatar, a human incarnation of God, and his plump, frizzy-haired visage can be spotted on rickshaw dashboards, cash registers, phone booths, and altars all over India, alongside more traditional deities like Krishna and Ganesh."

In addition to a useful "Indian Philosophies and Religions" section and a glossary, intriguing sidebars include: "All About Sadhus," "Neo-Buddhist Headquarters," "Exploring Tibetan Buddhism," "The Hindu Pantheon," and "Festivals of India." --Kathryn True

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