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Call of the Divine : An Enduring Himalayan Odyssey

Sheela Chandralekha Arundale, Shivani Publishing, 2010, xviii, 342 p, ISBN : 9788190480901, $80.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

Call of the Divine : An Enduring Himalayan Odyssey

Contents: Foreword. Introduction. 1. A Sacred Relationship. 2. The All Prevading Presence. 3. The Relevance of the feet. 4. On the dizzy heights of Lipu. 5. Tibet-the hidden land. 6. The First Darshan of Sri Kailashpatiji. 7. Rakshas Tal- the Lonely Lake. 8. Manasarover – the Lake of Happiness. 9. The Highest reality. 10. Pure awareness. 11. Tapas – the Mother of creation. 12. In the lap of Blessedness. 13. Kailas – The Heart Centre. 14. The Life of Man. 15. Faith moves the Mountain. 16. Journeying to the Centre of the Universe. 17. The Return. 18. Gratitude. Appendices. References.

The book Call of the Divine – An Enduring Himalayan Odyssey is the outcome of Ms. Arundale’s several sojourns to the Himalayans. Mortals seek the Himalayas for spiritual upliftment, for peace and bliss, to enhance the mundane existence. She takes the reader on a nostalgic journey into the Highlands and Kailas-Mansarovar, the meeting ground of the Divine and man.

This book is a pictorial presentation too, of glorious and exciting landscapes, irresistible holy centers and hallowed spots in the Himalayas where heavenly Ganga begins her earthly journey. Photos of the overwhelming Himalayan vistas of Kashmir, Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand in the book will no doubt enchant the reader the world over who are interested in knowing about the Indian way of life thought, culture and tradition. The author presents the desolate beauty of Tibet – the land of space and silence in a dramatic manner.

As a whole, the book is a devotional offering, it conveys reverence of the heart and the sublime beauty in living. It is a fascinating book, will inspire and elevate the reader to the highest level of human spirit. (Jacket)

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