Chasing Shiva

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"This man is my Guru, he is totally mad and we go a pilgrimage together." Quoting Kipling at a rural constable in order to spare herself a night in the cells, Dianne Sharma-Winter begins a story tellers quest across the spiritual landscape of India. More

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Nonfiction » Travel » By region » Asia » India
Published: Jan. 15, 2011
Words: 76,640
Language: English
ISBN: 9780473182755
About Dianne Sharma Winter

My obsession with India has kept me on the road in various places across the world while I work on having a life that allows me to travel, allows me to plumb the depths of my creativity and keeps me in sporadic contact with my family. It's the life of a rolling stone, gathering no moss but also with a momentum of it's own. Sometimes there is a feeling of "stop this stone, I want to get off" or at least change direction. The direction I long for is straight to the heart of my grandchildren who keep growing so fast and at such a rate that it scares me sometimes! And sometimes when I am furtherest away is the times when I want to be close to hand for my family.

But given this little niggle and prod at my heart strings I also know and believe that if you are living and acting according to your dharma then you are always exactly where you need to be in life and that your soul and spirit do not recognize physical boundaries. We all take on a shape with which to experience life and I happen to believe that we get to experience as many shapes and forms and experiences as it takes for the soul to realize that we are all part of the Universal Oneness which is the Dream of the great Creator. It's this belief in action which has become my life, a life that is meandering through the scenic route instead of along the super highway. Wandering with a purpose that is between me and The Dreamer, stopping in wonder at the beauty of His Imagination and chuckling at His Divine sense of humor!

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Review by: Benjamin Fritz on Sep. 20, 2011 : star star star star star
I became very sad and compassionate. I had to laugh out loud. And I overthought my whole beeing, our whole beeing. And that all within a few minutes while reading the first few pages on a boring morning-train-ride. Excellent!
I love Dianne Winters writing style: a pinch of sarcasm on the surface but through the twinkling eye offering a deep view of emotions, feelings and explanations.
And last but not least of course a very interesting book about one of Indias most fascinating and least accessible misteries: the sadhus «baba-life».
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: susie ingram on June 20, 2011 : star star star star star
Stimulation for the senses, you can almost taste India.
A must for those curious or fascinated by the mysteries of this baffling country and it's cultures. Dianne Winter is a gifted story teller, and it's true...
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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