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Product Details

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Dharma Press Publications (2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984787216
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984787210
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,325,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Namaste,
Although I am now residing in sunny Florida, I grew up in Queens, New York.
I am the eldest daughter of Jamaican, West Indian immigrants. We were a lively family, five siblings altogether with plenty of love and joviality to go around. From early on, I loved creating stories. My brothers and sisters also keenly enjoyed listening to them. But, being the natural artist, I preferred to retreat into the silence of my room surrounded by my dolls, where we would embark on all sorts of imaginative and adventurous tales. My siblings would listen with their ears glued to the bedroom door, occasionally a giggle of delight escaped from the other side of the door.

This interest in story telling gradually metamorphosed into the art of penning poetry. Over the years I have written many poems. The fascinating thing about the imaginative process that I've observed is that there seems to be some sort of bridge that connects us to the creative source. This is similar to what I experienced in my childhood, a quiet space within, beyond me where creative ideas flow endlessly. On another note, I am also an artist. But, no surprise, all of my paintings tell a story too.

My work is a visual and poetic diary of my spiritual journey. From the highest peaks in the Himalayas to many of the sacred ashrams in holy India I have been blessed with the opportunity to journey through that divine land eleven times. My spiritual quest began on June 6, 1970 with the birth of my daughter. During the birth I had an amazing out-of-body-experience which catapulted me out of ordinary three dimensional awareness into an astounding, metaphysical reality which I know survives and surpasses death, misery, joy, materialism and all that is dualistic and worldly. A space of being in which Pure Love, Life and Light exists Eternally. This event inspired me to explore the intriguing inner realms of Self through Yoga, Meditation, Rosicrucianism and other spiritually laden paths.
I have written two books. The first, "Sai Rapture, The Ecstatic Journey of a Modern Day Gopi" portrays my spiritual journey. The second book, "108 Bhakti Kisses, The Ecstatic Poetry of a Modern Day Gopi" is a garland of poems celebrating the divine in everything.

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“Close encounters of a heavenly kind”!

I am borrowing one of Sonya Ki’s lines from her poem, “Darshan”, because it is such an apropos way to describe the Divinely inspired poems Sonya Ki has included in this uplifting, inspiring, collection of poetic paeans dedicated to the Divine Loving Source of the Universe.

As you are delicately guided, through each petal (section) of this collection of poems, Sonya Ki’s use of vivid images, and metaphors, enable you to explore, and adore, each of the selections, through your senses, as you are swept up, and taken, on this divine journey of spiritual love

With each Celestial Ode Sonya Ki beckons you to join her on a sojourn, where you will be transported to that heavenly abode in which she and the Lord reside.

So don’t miss this Divine Journey. Read, imbibe, and enjoy the Divine Ride.

“Drink in the Light of the Sun”, as she invites you to do, in “Ambrosia”, and become ONE with the Poet Her Beloved Lord, and the Universe!

Sincerely,

April Bailey
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By Regina E. Williams on February 3, 2014
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Like a master diamond cutter, Sonya Ki Tomlinson utilizes the tools of poetry to ferret out the many facets of love that we experience, from the external to the internal; from unconsciousness to consciousness. Each step of her journey resonates with acute sensitivity to the changing landscape of growth on the path to spiritual blossoming.

Each poem holds the reader tight in its embrace, while mining our emotions for connection -- releasing us only when the truth of the experience has been fully realized. Filled with the author's sense of gratitude and bliss, executed with humor, wit and most often with a sense of wonder, we are challenged to look within for our wholeness and beauty; to be who we are truly meant to be.

To read "100 Bhakti Kisses" is to enter upon a magnificent journey of spiritual ecstasy.

A must read.

Regina E. Williams
Greater Charleston Area, SC
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As I read and relished each Divinely inspired selection, I too, was transported from my 'earth' world to the Divine World and beyond.
These beautifully written poems by Sonya Ki evoked many uplifting emotions within my being. I sometimes cried and sometimes smiled with joy, but always I felt a deep connection to myself and to my God after reading each one. Each time I pick up this book and read and reread selections I am filled with a peaceful, reflective and meditative awareness of a new world. I highly recommend this book to anyone on their own personal spiritual journey.
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By David Warren on January 9, 2014
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As I read Ms. Tomlinson's poetry, I was lifted into a world of butterflies, twinkling stars and crystal kisses. The poet is able to see the sacred in the mundane. She sees God in the flowers and the butterflies in people and places. Her poetry reflects her deep devotion to God who is constantly in her heart. If you are a lover of the divine, you will cherish this book of poems.

David Warren, Ph.D
Professor of Speech Communication (Retired)
Miami Dade College,
Miami, FL USA
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By Michael Firewalker on February 26, 2014
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such a joyous and innocent purity of both heart and soul sings to us from Sonya Ki in these, her ecstatic poems painting with soaring clarity the exalted garden of the Divine!

by Michael Firewalker
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