In the Belly of the Fish – New Release

Pilgrims is delighted to share the news of new release of the book In the Belly of the Fish: Matsyendranatha and the Chakra of the Yoginis by Stella Dupuis.

In the Belly of the Fish is the story of the mythic master Matsyendranatha through the eyes of women-goddesses, the Yoginis. The most important Tantra treatise written by the great scholar Abhinavagupta from the 10th century honoured Guru Matsyendranatha as the father of Yoga.

In Kathmandu Valley he became the God of Mercy: MACHHENDRANATH.

In the Belly of the Fish is a positive and joyful novel adorned with picturesque legends and esoteric knowledge that can be implemented in our daily life when confronting challenging situations.

Stella Dupuis is a Swiss novelist born in Panama. She studied marketing and advertising in Switzerland and Sweden before launching a successful business career in Latin America and Europe. Since becoming a writer seven years ago, she has published four novels in Spanish and English. In her work she depicts a yearning for a spiritual destiny that transcends blind commitment, stereotypes and religious fanaticism. For many years, Stella has also been teaching Yoga and Meditation in many countries. She is the author of Memoria de Viento (In the Wake of the Wind), La Puerta de Jade, Teli-Ka Mandir and The Yogini Temples of India: In the Pursuit of a Mystery.

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Buddha Jayanti

Today is 2554th Buddha Jayanti, anniversary of the three major events – Birthday, Enlightenment and Nirvana in the life of Gautama Buddha, the apostle of peace and the founder of Buddhism. This is also called Buddha Purnima.

This is the most important events for the Buddhist. Followers and monks visit Buddhist monasteries and Stupas – specially Swayambhu, Maha Boudha in Kathmandu – all around the world resound with sermons, prayers and recitals of Buddhist scriptures throughout the day. They offer candles, incense, flowers and a variety of fruit to the statue of Lord Buddha.

Stupas and monasteries are decorated with the Prayer flags which is hanged for luck and happiness.

This post is specially dedicated to Buddha and Buddhahood. On this very auspicious day, we would like to write some of his quotes:

* Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.

* The mind is everything. What you think you become.”

* All that we are is the result of what we have thought. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him.

* Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.

Buddham Sharanam Gachchami
Dhammam Sharanam Gachchami
Sangham Sharanam Gachchami

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May Peace and Love Prevail in the World

The World is My Nation

We are pleased to announce that we have published a new title


The World is My Nation: Memoirs of an Extraordinary Lifetime Odyssey

by Alex Gargilis
ISBN: 978817769897
2010, First Edition, Hardback, 725 pages, 150 x 220 mm, B&W Sketches.

This book is a different sort of travel guide. The author has visited more than 150 countries. It is a very personal one, in which he recounts incidents unique to each country he has visited and adventures that occurred spontaneously. It is a personal experiences and an honest, contemporary perspective on almost every country for travellers.

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Benares Illustrated

New Releases

benares illustrated by James Prinsep
Benares Illustrated: James Prinsep with James Prinsep and Benares
Edited by: O.P. Kejariwal

ISBN: 8177694006
2009 (Reprinted), Limited Edition
Cover: Hardback, English
232 pages, 270×310 mm, B&W Sketches of Benares.

If ever there has been an unsung genius, it is James Prinsep. Born in 1799, he has a short life of only forty years, dying in 1840. And yet, considering his wide variety of interests and his seminal contributions in many of these areas, it can, with some confidence, be stated that he was one of the greatest geniuses born in human history. Thus, he was at the same time a physicist, a chemist, an anthropologist, a geologist, a meteorologist, a numismatist, an epigraphist, a town-planner, a cartographer and an architect and one may not have exhausted the list. Actually his one achievement, that of deciphering the Brahmi script, through which India and the world came to know of that unique figure in world history – Emperor Asoka – would have entitled him to a place alongside those of Champollion and Rawlinson, among the greats of intellectual history. And when one considers that James deciphered not one but two accident scripts – Brahmi and Kharoshthi – through which was revealed the existence of a whole line of Indo-Scythian kings, one stands in awe of the man.

But among all these varied interests, it was Benares, which was his passion. He spent only ten years there, but in this short span, considering his contributions, one can say that no individual contributed to this holy and ancient city as much as James Prinsep did. For consider these: he was the first to draw up a map of the city, the first to determine its latitude and longitude, the first to carry out an authentic census, and the first to construct a bridge over the river Karamanasa, a feat which had defied engineers and architects for nearly a century. He was also the person to lay the underground drainage system – no one that still serves the city. As a family memoir says: ‘to extend the catalogue to a detail of the roads, bridges, drains and other works of every variety of description [in Benares], which were put in hand and completed would fatigue the reader’.

Amidst all this hectic activity, one can almost picture him sitting on a winter afternoon on one of the ghats, with the river [which he fondly calls ‘our Ganga’] flows quietly by, looking around and then conceiving of this magnificent work Benares Illustrated. As you turn these pages, you not only travel with him from ghat to ghat, but also participate – though in a limited way – in the life of the city. One can only marvel at the three-dimensional portrayal of the various sites and the play of light and shade in these marvelous sketches.

With this edition, one hopes that James will also come to occupy a place among the greatest artists of his age!

Note: This present edition is a reproduced edition which includes Benares Directory. Mr. Kejariwal revisited those important places in Benares where Prinsep worked and this present edition is included their photographs.

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Forthcoming Titles – Fiction


Paths less Travelled
By Matthew S. Friedman

Paths less Travelled represents a very simple, gentle love story between two young people – the boy was from a devout Hindu household and the girls from a traditional Muslim home. What makes it different from most other books is that it looks at the emotions associated with a love situation, more from the boy’s perspective than the girl’s – something that is less often the focus of other stories. The love that is explored is raw, unrefined, masculine and spiritual.

Matthew S. Friedman has worked in the field of international health and has traveled extensively, visiting over thirty countries around the world. Currently based in Thailand he still continues to take a great interest in the cultures of South and Southeast Asia. Amongst his other published works are Tara: A Flesh-trade Odyssey, The Gorkha Urn, Time and Proximity, Nepalese Casted Religious and Cultural Lamps and Nepalese Casted Vessels, Decanters and Bowls.

Maya - A NovelMaya – A Novel
By Dr. Ruby Gupta

Maya alludes to one of the basic themes of Hindu philosophy that this world is nothing but an illusion. The protagonist Viren, travels from India to the US and back to the newly formed State of Chhattisgarh, in India. His journey becomes an unconscious journey into the self – a quest to understand the existential angst. This is the larger connotation of the title.

Maya is also the name of one of the central characters, a beautiful mysterious woman who stays alone in a dilapidated fort. Viren repeated interaction with her intrigue him; and he begins to question the purpose of his current lifestyle. Their conversations about life and mysticism form the core of the novel.

Dr. Ruby Gupta, recipient of the Pratibha Samman Award for journalism in 1998 she was also selected a GSE program member for the USA by Rotary International in 2004 was initially a student of science who later switched to creative writing, dabbled in journalism, went on to acquire two gold medals for literature, and finally ended up with a PhD. Her published works include two books – Khushwant Singh: Reality and Myth and A Collection of Short Stories.

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New Releases

Cuckoo and the Pigeon

The Cuckoo and the Pigeon: A Collection of Bhutanese Folktales
by Ngawang Phuntsho
ISBN: 9788177697674

With the youth of today distracted by so many outside influences, such as television and internet, movies and magazines, the telling of folk tales by grandparents at the fireside has been dying out. It is hoped that this unique collection of traditional folktales from Bhutan will help to revive and preserve this tradition.

Charmingly told and full of meaning, these tales will amuse both young and old. They will appeal particularly to children.

As well as being a source of entertainment for all ages, such stories will teach the young and remind the old of the mysterious ways in which right and wrong can manifest themselves in everyday life.

dark mermaid

The Dark Mermaid
by Amar Shrestha
ISBN: 9788177697490

Kali is a 12 year old girl, born Kalawati, living in Birganj, a sub metropolis of Nepal. She is a local swimming champion, bright in studies and popular with others. Unfortunately, she is afflicted with asthma and her parents decide to send her to Darjeeling for her studies, as the weather there is more compatible for her health. She joins Mount Hermon School and the story continues.

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Why Pilgrims?

Simply, we have faith that all beings are on a pilgrimage through life. So the questions arise: What am I? And what is this human life all about?

We are individuals. Whatever relationship we may have with the universe, we must keep in our minds the ultimate truth that one day we all have to leave everything behind us. All that will remain is our good deeds and creations, and the joy that we have brought to others.

So, simply put, Pilgrims stands for constant celebration and creation, moment by moment, with a deep desire to glorify divine wisdom.

Come and see what we have created…books and much, much more.