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Path Without Destination: The Long Walk of a Gentle Hero Paperback – April 4, 2000

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"A rare pleasure." -- Kirkpatrick Sale, author of The Green Revolution

"Compelling." -- Theodore Roszak, author of The Making of a Counter Culture

"If you've ever felt the truth arise within you while sitting beside a quiet stream or lingering under a sky full of stars, you know what it's like to read Satish Kumar's autobiography Path Without Destination. Kumar left home at the age of nine to become a wandering Jain monk and has never stopped wandering. His political consciousness began with a Gandhi-inspired walk from India to Britain and two principles: eat no meat and carry no money. This lifestyle of simplicity and nonviolent political activity has carried Kumar through endeavors as diverse as participating in land reform activism in the Indian countryside, founding the London School of Nonviolence, serving as editor of the international magazine Resurgence, taking part in activism for rural education in the U.K., and making another pilgrimage--a religious one around England. Kumar's is the story of another kind of success, one of gentle truth and justice achieved with no resources other than an unwavering core of spirituality. Page after languid page, that spirituality seeps into his readers' being." -- Brian Bruya,

"Life-changing." -- Thomas Moore, author of Care of the soul

"Satish Kumar's unique story is stranger than fiction. The life of this vigorous, wise, compassionate and humble man is an example to all of us about how to make the most of our gifts and create our own opportunities to serve humanity's future. I am honoured to be his friend and colleague." -- Hazel Henderson, author of Creating Alternate Futures

About the Author

Satish Kumar is the editor of Resurgence magazine and has been profiled in The New York Times. Parabola, and Utne Reader. He resides in England.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Quill; 1st U.S. edition (April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688164048
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688164041
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,452,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert Eliason on December 26, 2000
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The very first paragraph will captivate most readers. There is a lot of life and a little magic in the author's introduction to his autobiography. I had never heard of Satish Kumar, and most people probably never will.But the very idea that a man would walk virtually around the world carrying a message of peace, says a lot about the potentiality of mankind. In my own view, a pilgrim was someone on a spiritual odyssy who brought peace as a consequence of their actions. Kumar seems to have accomplished this in a reverse manner. This is, to me, evidenced by his motives and in his writing. His story is well paced and and an enjoyable read. It is educational and informative - in a delightful way, where other books omit translations and accurate portrayals of custom, they are not lacking here. His honesty about himself requires the reader to at least attempt witholding judgement 'till the final page is turned. I found myself traped, particularly early in the book, in preconcieved notions about the mans emotional lacking. I even found the book to be rather emotionally flat, during the first half, but it did not dampen my desire to see it through. In retrospect, it seems that Kumar treated the aspect of the books emotional content as a reflection of his life's emotional content at the time. As the book comes to closer to it's conclusion, the author finds his heart. The finale chapters will leave you in awe, whether you agree with the author or not, you will know that he found his heart.
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