Nicholas and Helena Roerich: The Spiritual Journey of Two by Ruth A Drayer

By Ruth A Drayer

In her newest identify, Ruth Drayer offers a genuine account of the 2 Russian visionaries who believed good looks may resolve the world's difficulties and unify humanity. companions in all issues, charismatic Nicholas (1874-1947) was once an the world over acclaimed artist, writer, bold explorer, conservationist, archeologist, humanitarian and peacemaker, whereas his spouse, Helena (1879 - 1955), used to be a instructor and healer in addition to the encouraged co-author of the 'Agni Yoga' sequence. this is often the 1st booklet in English to interweave the Agni Yoga writings and the Roerichs' dating with their religious instructor in with their attention-grabbing travels, disclosing the long-hidden tale of the Roerichs' reference to Tibetan Buddhism. notwithstanding it might probably learn like a story, Drayer takes us at the real-life adventures of the Roerichs as they commute to the main distant and unsafe areas of India, China, Mongolia, the Gobi, Tibet and Siberia. We endure witness because the couple flees the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 Russia and as they come in ny urban within the fall of 1920 the place they later based the 1st tuition that teaches all the arts lower than one roof. We event their trials and tribulations because the Roerichs trek in the course of the following years.

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Tibetan Caravans: Journeys From Leh to Lhasa by Abdul Wahid Radhu,His Holiness The Dalai Lama

By Abdul Wahid Radhu,His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Born into an eminent service provider kin in Ladakh in 1918, Khwaja Abdul Wahid Radhu, frequently defined as ‘the final caravaneer of Tibet and important Asia’, led an strange lifetime of event, proposal and enlightenment. His kinfolk, and later he, had the ancestral honour of top the biannual caravan which carried the Ladakhi kings’ tribute and homage to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government. Tibetan Caravans, his memoir, is an exceptional narrative approximately trans-Himalayan trade—the riches, the politics and protocol, the demanding but very good typical panorama, altitude disorder, snow storms, bandits and raiders, clergymen and infantrymen. The booklet additionally includes infrequent and interesting information about the shut connections among Ladakh, Tibet and Kashmir, the centuries-old interaction among Buddhism and Islam within the sector, the chinese language profession of Tibet, and existence in Lhasa sooner than and after its takeover through China.

In this wealthy and insightful memoir, Abdul Wahid Radhu reminisces a couple of bygone period while borders have been fluid, and mutual recognize shaped the foundation for exchange relatives throughout cultures and other people. As his son, Siddiq Wahid, says in his introduction, Tibetan Caravans is a sworn statement to the natural relationships among ‘societies who've discovered tips on how to listen one another out, argue, even do conflict and but stay hospitable to every other.’

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Bannana's Near Death Experiences: Ode to Steve Jobs (Bannana by Martti Vallila

By Martti Vallila

during this Bannana booklet I inform approximately a few of my close to loss of life reviews. As Steve Jobs defined in the course of his seminal graduation tackle at Stanford in 2005, introduced almost immediately after he knew that his existence used to be destined to finish in advance, all of existence is a "near demise experience". Or may be lived as such. reside on a daily basis as though it have been your final used to be one of many profound messages Steve added that day. stick with your ardour, no matter if you do not totally comprehend the place you're going. pass from one "dot" to the subsequent "dot". they are going to be hooked up looking back. i used to be now not within the viewers that day. i didn't attend my very own Stanford graduation in '71 simply because i used to be on my option to Mindanao kingdom college within the southern Philippines to start a instructing task there with Stanford's "Volunteers in Asia" software. I skilled various "near demise studies" in the course of my 18 months within the Philippines that are stated within the publication. whilst my mom, Rose, died, i discovered, between her possessions, rigorously typed models of the handwritten letters that I had despatched her from the Philippines, delivering me with a valuable glance again into these years. This booklet attracts greatly on these came across letters, and a magazine I stored and feature kept. It describes "near loss of life reports" on skis that I skilled in early life, following Steve McKinney, the 1st human to head over 200km an hour on skis, on mountains in North the United States. Steve and that i have been making plans to put in writing a publication jointly. He used to be killed in his sleep, behind his automobile, at the facet of street five in California after surviving feats like hand gliding off Mt. Everest. (Death can come at any time.) different "near loss of life studies" defined have been of the monetary type, the acquisition of the home on Vallejo St. in San Francisco on whose roof the canopy picture of the publication used to be taken, simply as i used to be leaving a fifteen yr profession in IBM to pursue a "calling": the relationship of Russia to the west via its technology (described in my earlier "Bannana books").
As I watched Jobs' handle for the 1st time on You Tube, having grew to become sixty, i used to be happy to claim that i've got lived my existence as Steve was once advising these graduates to do. i've got but skilled his monetary luck, yet am blessed to nonetheless be within the video game of existence. The booklet starts with early memories, maintains with snowboarding tales on snow and water, describes a summer time in Alabama within which I lived with an outdated black couple and escaped actual loss of life on a number of events. It tells of mental demise i used to be coming near near close to the tip of my IBM days which triggered me to take my "leap of religion" into Russia. My Russia booklet was once eager about enterprise. during this one I recount a few encounters with a extra risky aspect of the rustic. The reader may well get vicarious excitement from publicity to the adventures defined, that are all precise. i'm nonetheless alive, in strong health and wellbeing, and watch for the arriving of grand children in Boston.

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Breakaway by Walter Yates

By Walter Yates

In his memoirs, Walter "Yukon" Yates tells a life of experience and survival tales as an Alaskan explorer, bush pilot, gold miner, aircraft and airport builder, helicopter crash survivor, international struggle II veteran, documentary filmmaker, grizzly undergo hostage, and all-around adventurer. Breakaway deals impressive tales of survival, from the conflict of Guadalcanal within the South Pacific in the course of global battle II, to a 12 months spent residing off the land in isolation within the harsh Alaskan wasteland, to a helicopter crash in British Columbia during which Yates spent fourteen days injured, hungry, and expecting rescue.

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Alone Across the Arctic: One Woman's Epic Journey by Dog by Pam Flowers,Ann Dixon

By Pam Flowers,Ann Dixon

8 sled canines and one lady set out from Barrow, Alaska, to mush 2,500 miles. by myself around the ARCTIC chronicles this marvelous excursion. for a complete 12 months, Pam flora and her canines made this epic trip throughout North the United States arctic coast. the 1st lady to make this journey solo, Pam endures and bargains with severe blizzards, melting pack ice, and a polar undergo. but in the course of such threat, Pam additionally relishes the time on my own together with her liked workforce. Their survival—-her survival—-hinges on that mutual belief and love.

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Shipwreck at Cape Flora: The Expeditions of Benjamin Leigh by P.J. Capelotti

By P.J. Capelotti

pointed out in BBC information:

Benjamin Leigh Smith found and named dozens of islands within the Arctic yet released no account of his pioneering explorations. He refused public accolades and despatched stand-ins to convey the result of his paintings to medical societies. but, the Royal Geographic Society's Sir Clements R. Markham observed him as a polar explorer of the 1st rank.

Traveling to the Arctic islands that Leigh Smith explored and crisscrossing England to discover unpublished journals, diaries, and images, archaeologist and author P. J. Capelotti information Leigh Smith's 5 significant Arctic expeditions and locations them in the context of the good polar explorations within the 19th century.

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Tribal Origins by Peter Parr

By Peter Parr

In Tribal Origins Peter Parr files the relocating tale of the way his kinfolk traveled to Sudan in 1955 to paintings as Presbyterian missionaries. His mom dies quickly afterwards and Peter and his sister Pamela locate themselves in a boarding tuition in Egypt with their father far-off in south Sudan. regardless of the tough starting, Peter learns to like Africa and the folk of Egypt, south Sudan and later Ethiopia. the writer makes use of photo-clear thoughts of his African adolescence to provide us a photograph of a forgotten period with occasionally sharp reviews at the missionary group in addition to colourful observations of the African cultures that formed the author’s personal tribal origins.

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On ze route (de nouveau) (- SDE) (French Edition) by Jean-Pierre Gos

By Jean-Pierre Gos

« Paris (juin 1968 en ce qui me concerne, mais c'était encore pas mal), Rome, Heidelberg, Zagreb, Bruxelles et d'autres. Je suis enfin devenu un beatnik, j'ai tourné le dos à cette société pourrie, même si je consens exceptionnellement à dessiner, pour quelques journaux, des gnomes à gros nez qui disent des conneries, ça ne paie pas beaucoup, mais suffisamment pour, justement, tourner le dos et foutre le camp. Je dessine sur les trottoirs, je chante aux terrasses des bistrots avec ma guitare et mon harmonica, je voyage en auto-stop, je fume du haschisch, je suis heureux. Il y a un nouveau mot qui fait son apparition : hippy. Alors va pour hippy... » Paris, Belgique, Suisse, Amsterdam, Ibiza, Asie... S'il a peut-être raté Mai sixty eight, Jean-Pierre Gos charisma fait tout le reste : l'aller-retour Paris Kaboul, avec tous les virages et dérapages imaginables. Ode à l. a. liberté, appel au huge, son témoignage est un road-trip hallucinant et halluciné, l'aventure soixante-huitarde dans toute sa splendeur : le voyage aux carrefours des cultures, à l. a. rencontre des autres, de soi-même, au-delà de toute frontière. Sa virée air of secrecy duré deux ans. Deux ans d'expériences et de découvertes. Authentique et immersive à souhait, celle qu'il nous suggest aujourd'hui nous permet de le rattraper en path, « back ».

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Where's the Pilot? by Joseph Marasia,Erika Kaunisaho

By Joseph Marasia,Erika Kaunisaho

Where’s the Pilot is a story of a Seeker’s trip via 5 overseas lands to discover the reality inside himself and the realm he exists in, assembly many of us from diversified cultures and walks of existence, studying concerning the range of humanity whereas attempting to notice the reply to a by no means finishing riddle.


Chapter 1: Kashmir

Sometime within the past due summer season of 1997 i discovered myself using at the rooftop of a bus in the course of the Indian Himalaya. Why was once I there? What was once I doing? My strategies floated within the air because the majestic mountain panorama glided by. It appeared as though it was once all a few surreal dream. I by no means imagined you could get so excessive spiritually or bodily for that subject. We have been someplace round 4000 meters (13000 toes) and climbing.
The constrained oxygen at this elevation has critical unusual results at the human mind. i used to be leaving Ladakh in the back of, leaving the enforcing and remoted peaks, leaving the serenity and silence of a calm land and heading right into a conflict sector. My vacation spot was once Srinagar, the capital of the ethnically stricken and divided zone of Kashmir. Why used to be I going to this far-flung destination?
Before embarking in this journey to India I felt overwhelmingly interested in Kashmir. I had heard the tales and skim the headlines: ‘Civil unrest worsens in Srinagar’, ‘Hand grenades thrown into bus stand in Pahalgam’, ‘Five Western backpackers abducted and beheaded whereas hiking within the mountains’. nonetheless, I had made up my brain: i used to be going. And not anyone may well cease me. I discovered at an early age to not think every little thing you learn within the media. so much of it's propaganda of 1 shape or another.
Since the partition of India in 1947 Kashmir has been an issue. less than British rule Kashmir functioned as a princely kingdom having fun with a lot larger autonomy than different areas of the empire. With the partition, the Brits determined to permit Kashmir pick out for themselves whether or not they desired to join India or Pakistan. The prince of Kashmir procrastinated in making his determination and Pakistan invaded claiming it as their very own territory. The prince appealed to the Indians for aid. The Indians got here and not left.
The area of Kashmir is a big valley that is shortly cut up. approximately third lower than Pakistani keep an eye on and 2/3 lower than Indian regulate. After wars among the 2 nations over the valley, issues calmed down and within the 80's Kashmir prospered and was once essentially the most well known vacationer locations for wealthy Indians and filthy rich Westerners boasting attractive lakes, lush mountain surroundings and comfort houseboat lodging left over by way of the Brits. unfortunately a lot of the merry cash vacation making got here to an abrupt halt in 1989 while this lengthy unhappy ongoing clash broke out.
An self reliant Kashmir used to be known as for. Armed gangs of younger males took over the streets of Srinagar. The Indian military misplaced keep watch over of the location. nearly all of Kashmiri everyone is Muslim who resent being ruled through Hindu Indians and as a result made up our minds to take in armed fight to accomplish entire independence or merger with Muslim Pakistan. there have been many warnings to dissuade tourists from going and plenty of purposes to be afraid. but, i couldn't be deterred. anything unexplainably robust used to be calling me to this distant land. was once I loopy? was once I possessed? i did not suppose to be both at the moment. I felt really sane. As we approached the 4700 meter (15400 toes) cross my anticipation grew after which all at once there it was once in entrance of me: The valley of Kashmir. It appeared as attractive and peaceable because the backyard of Eden. in just one minute the stark gray and brown barren mountains of Ladakh have been reworked right into a lush and fertile land blooming with life.

This version contains an essay concerning the author's travels and examine venture on environmental activists Earth First and humanitarian relief team foodstuff no longer Bombs within the Pacific Northwest of the USA and British Colombia, throughout the Nineties referred to as backyard browsing, Moose Chasing & Hitching my solution to the Truth.

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