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Lumbini to Kushinara

Buddha's Path
Varsha Uke Nagpal
Type: Print Book
Genre: History
Language: English
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Lumbini to Kushinara takes the reader 2600 years back in time. Siddharth Gautam was born in 583 BC in a place called Lumbini which is in Nepal today. Eighty years later he died in Kushinara, which is in India. This book traces the path that Siddharth took in these eighty years. This is the story of the life and times of Siddharth who later on became the Buddha. How and why there was this transformation from his being a prince to an ascetic who propounded a Philosophy which became a major Religion of the World, is the theme of this book. It is not a travelogue nor is it a religious discourse. This is the story of a person who walked the earth 2600 years ago and his footsteps are still being followed by a large number of people all over the world.

About the Author

Varsha has travelled to almost every part of India. Her travels have also taken her across the length and breadth of Europe and America and also to some parts of Africa.Traveling and reading have been her favourite hobbies, and she is capable of reading anything that she can lay her hands on. A few years back while travelling by train if she didn't have anything else to read she would even read the Bradshaw and learn everything about the places that she went by in the train. Varsha's love for travel and reading has brought her to this juncture where she has written this book about a journey which takes you back about 2600 years to 600BC. Professionally Varsha was a Banker, and took a slightly early retirement from the Bank, so that she could pursue her favourite activities without any hindrance and bindings. This is her maiden venture in this genre of writing.

Book Details

ISBN: 9789352656226
Publisher: Self Published
Number of Pages: 162
Dimensions: 5"x8"
Interior Pages: B&W
Binding: Paperback (Perfect Binding)
Availability: In Stock (Print on Demand)

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Varsha Nagpal 4 years, 8 months ago Verified Buyer

Re: Lumbini to Kushinara

Mrs. KANTA BAYALA said,"Varsha, I was little busy attending 3 days meditation camp,so was not able to contact you earlier,though l had finished reading book a few days back. I couldn't go to pothi site so expressing my impressions here.While reading ,it continuously freshens up your memory with the ancient historical names of countries,places,cities,kingdoms and dates of the time Budha lived.It gave me satisfaction because l still l love to read and remember history. One can easily see the hard work done by you ,Varsha.The writing has the power to transport you to that era and you start visualising the places ,it leaves such an impact that you totally immersed in your imagination living in that age. ,,,,
What I learn, while reading is that writing fiction may not have been that arduous for you but writing something relating to history, how exact you would have to be to make it authentic.Your visits to all these places not onlyshow your capacity to travel but the interest and involvement
and of course your truthfulness to your writing, that's why one can easily experience the aroma of these places.Though the book doesn't contain the philosophy but if one is acquainted with the philosophy of Budha the least , one can have a fair knowledge of his philosophy ....Mainly the four noble truths."

devikarajan 5 years, 6 months ago Verified Buyer

Re: Lumbini to Kushinara

The book gives a brief overview of the Buddha’s life, along with a description of the places he lived in. It is written in the first person, as a travelogue, taking us through these places--Lumbini, Kapilavastu, Sarnath, Sravasthi and others, up to Kushinara, where he attained parinirvana. An attempt to separate legend associated with the Buddha from historical detail is done. The role of important personages who came after--Asoka, Kanishka etc--who did much for the spread of Buddhism, is also touch upon.
Two facts that I learned from the book was that Siddhartha, the prince, did not ‘run away’ from the palace one night, as the legend goes, but was forced into exile—with the knowledge and acquiescence of his wife--due to certain unusual circumstances; and that he had no intention of propagating a new ‘religion’. His purpose was to advocate balance in everything one did, in order to have a fulfilling life. This book is a recommended carry-on for anyone visiting the places connected with the Buddha; it will enhance the quality of the trip.

jrmeshram 5 years, 7 months ago

Re: Lumbini to Kushinara

I have read Varsha Uke Nagpal book on "lumbini to Kushinara "--Buddhas Path. It's a very well researched text based on visit to actual places connected with life of Siddhartha Gautam who became Buddha after enlightenment. The book takes us back to 2600 years on the path travelled by Siddhartha Gautama - born at Lumbini, become enlightened at Gaya under a peepal tree and achieved mahaparinirvana at Kushinara at the age of 80 years , all on Vaishaka Purina under open sky. The accompaning pictures and maps are very useful and informative. I enjoyed reading the book. Although the book is not a religious text but it is worthwhile to mention that -- Buddhism was never meant to be a religion , it only taught " Dhamma "

man singh.mrt 5 years, 7 months ago

Re: Lumbini to Kushinara

The travelogue by Varsha Uke Nagpal is not journal like record but a sincere effort of research to synthesise Geography, History. Philosophy of Buddhism.Earliar historical travel accounts of Fa-Hian, Huen Tsang etc place much emphasis on study and collection of Buddhist Scriptures and their description on Lumbini , Kapilvastu,Kushinagar etc. lack the locational certainity and sometimes they depended more on heresay and myths.VUN throughout the book kept away from controversial issues of histriocity and maintained objectivity in location of sites associated with the life of Buddha, the Great Teacher of the World as described by World historians.Bermese and Ceylonese chroniclers while err in naming in rivers,rulers of Janapads,people associated with Buddha, VUN's research while settles such controversial issues, she has preferred simple and lucid style of writing in covering the related aspects without placing much burden on the mind of reader to enable him/her to retain interest in the completion of book in one sitting.Photographs. Maps and Tables in the book enrich the content.Great effort by Versha Uke Nagpal indeed.

Man Singh, Spokesman, UP State,Akhil Bhartiya Dalit Sahitya Akademy

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