Is a physical journey the necessary path to spiritual evolution? Kailash Manasarovar: A Sacred Journey dwells on this question and perceives the possibility for three stages of inner transformation during the journey, using the Devi Mahatmayam as a metaphor. The journey shows that it takes just a shift in perspective to behold the divine in the mundane. By eroding the conditioning of our essence, the journey helps us connect with a pure centre, marking the beginning of interactions which are actions, rather than mere reactions to situations. From this point on, it is in maintaining a heightened awareness of ones emotions, memories, surroundings, companions in the journey that the journey itself can become meaningful.
Veena Sharma holds a Ph.D. in African studies. She was head of the Swahili Service, External Services Division, All India Radio from 1979 to 2001. She has travelled extensively in Africa and other parts of the world, and is the author of Folk Tales of East Africa. Presently she is the editor of Africa Quarterly, brought out by the ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations), and chairperson, Prajna Foundation for Cultural Interaction and Studies. Besides her abiding interest in Africa, Veena Sharma is also interested in the Vedanta.