Noble Thoughts / Noble Life with Satish Kumar

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He renounced the world at the age of nine, joined a wandering brotherhood of Jain monks, and penniless, set off on an 8,000 mile pilgrimage to the four nuclear capitals of the world to protest Bertrand Russell's incarceration and promote world peace. Satish Kumar, whose inner journeys proved deep as his travels were long, tells you stories about love, courage, and the triumph of the human spirit in his unpretentious yet compelling style. "I discovered peace in myself while walking. I discovered a vivid spirituality and a reverence for the Earth - when you appreciate nature not because she is useful to you but because you love her." (hosted by Michael Toms)


Currently the editor of Resurgence magazine, Kumar is also founder and program director of Schumacher College, an international center for the study of ecological and spiritual values.

The book about his travels is:

  • Path Without Destination (William Morrow, 1999)

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • Why economics without spiritual values is like sex without love
  • Anger - does expressing it make it go away?
  • Kumar's amazing 8,000-mile pilgrimage
  • How hope came in the form of tea bags when Kumar needed it most
  • Paying close attention to what you pay attention to!
  • Kumarís spiritual cleansing in the holy waters of the Lake Manasorovar at Mt. Kailas (one of the most inaccessible places on Earth)
Host: Michael Toms       Interview Date: 3/11/1999       Program Number: 2770