Illuminates the Path from Human Love to Spiritual Love.
Describes a Western Woman’s Experience of Tibetan Buddhist Culture.
Gives the reader Access to Ladakh, the Last Shangri-La.
The essential message of Pilgrimage on the Path of Love is that the pilgrimage every human being must take is to the innermost shrine of their own heart where resides the universal truth of life and the eternal Being of existence. The meaning of life is hidden in love. In this book, we enter the interior world of a woman on the spiritual path and we see how the spiritual dimension of life in India fosters in her a deeper understanding of the ultimate quest of human life: enlightenment. This book is of global significance because it makes one aware of the inter-relatedness of all sentient beings.
The unique aspect of this book is that it bridges the gulf between East and West in the personage of the main character, Shantila Martin. As her name indicates, Shantila represents a blending of East and West. Although born in the West, her natural inclination leads her to the East. At the end of the book, Shantila arrives at a wholeness born of an expansion of consciousness.
“Pilgrimage on the Path of Love, a spiritual odyssey, delivers the richness and complexity of life in India, and brims over with convincing, memorable characters, not the least of which is her narrator/protagonist Shantila, a seeker after something we too seldom see in literary fiction – spiritual awakening and liberation. Through many suspenseful twists and turns of fortune, a reader follows Shantila’s journey with the certainty that the outcome of her story will enrich his or her own meditations on the timeless question of why we are here, and how we can follow a spiritual path in a world so stained by suffering.This is a book I would recommend for everyone who loves wisdom and wishes to live an examined life.” Dr Charles Johnson, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature, and National Book Award
“Pilgrimage on the Path of Love is a portal to an artfully detailed world of beauty, love, and awareness. I call it a portal because it felt like I stepped into one from the moment I picked up the book; I was immersed in the realistic depictions, poetic words, and colorful backgrounds. My favorite feature of Pilgrimage on the Path of Love is how in sync it is: the relaxed progression of the story correlates perfectly with the peaceful mood of the protagonist and her consistent striving to return to a balanced state of mind. Barbara Ann Briggs writes for the free spirits, adventure enthusiasts, and wisdom and spiritual depth seekers. The audience is encouraged to love and embrace others regardless of their religious beliefs, and this core message is key to achieving world peace. I recommend it to the world.“
Foluso Falaye, Readers’ Favorite Reviewer
“The quest that Shantila, the chief protagonist, undertakes on the path of love unveils to her not only the agony of pain and suffering implicit in meetings and partings but also the ecstacy of understanding and appreciating the intrinsic beauty of the landscape of the soul, the true nature of life as we live it.” Her rumination at the end of the journey: “The pilgrimage I sought to complete has been completed, not to the temples of Rishikesh, Haridwar, Badrinath or Gangotri, but to the omnipresent God, to the temple hidden within every human heart” – comes as a potent antidote to growing intolerance bordering on clash of cultures and civilizations that characterizes a world in individual as well as collective distress. The charm of the novel lies in its ability to capture the attention of the reader from beginning to the end as it takes us over picturesque rivers, dales and hills to experience a kind of peace that defies understanding. I wish her maiden venture all success! Dr Nibir K. Ghosh, Ph.D., UGC Emeritus Professor, Dept of English Studies and Research, Agra College
“Pilgrimage on the Path of Love by Barbara Ann Briggs is a loving account of a woman’s quest for spiritual fulfillment. At heart is a palpable undeniable love for the country of her adoption, its multitudinous life, its minor duplicities and wider generosities are so fondly captured with a liveliness, both authentic and amusing, that I felt fresh love gushing for this crazy country of mine. In the book, we travel from Dubai to Delhi to Manali and Leh with its far flung monasteries and brooding temples, and with each ascent, the protagonist is symbolically nearing that state which neither gains nor wanes, where plenitude and beatitude are suffused. These visitations are presented with gossamer delicacy, the author’s luminous prose spreading its lacy veil over creation till creation becomes a salutation and a benediction. The inherent discipline encourages emulation.The devotion which the author brings to her enterprise and the serenity that follows are an inspiration.” Dr Shernavaz Buhariwalla, Ph.D., Retired Professor of English Literature, Nagpur University, Maharashtra
” It is my experience that the best writers are those with keen and alert observation skills. In Pilgrimage on the Path of Love we are privileged to feast on the delicacies of keen observation that at once affirm the reader’s own life experiences and delight the reader in the bond created by that recognition. Written in the first person by a young woman seeker, the narrative will confirm for female readers their own inner longings and doubts that are the stepping stones for those engaged in the pursuit of higher human awareness. For the male reader, the text will awaken him to the sensitivities of the female mind. And such an awareness for men is very vital in this age that is witnessing the rise of the gentleness and compassion that is the hallmark of the cosmic feminine. Any seeker who yearns for companionship on their singular and sometimes lonely path to Enlightenment will take heart from the pages of this book. It falls in the same exalted category as Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi and The Journey Home: Autobiography of an American Swami, by Radanath Swami. Pilgrimage on the Path of Love shows us that the path of love and devotion to higher consciousness is barred to none, whether from the East or the West. It is wonderful to live in an age in which Enlightenment is a growing understanding, and to receive the blessings of those moving along the path with such awareness as author Barbara Briggs.” Dr Joseph Boxerman, PhD., Adjunct Professor of Business Administration, Maharishi International University, USA
“Written lucidly, this book is the perfect amalgamation of spiritual awakening and self-discovery. What stands out in the narrative is her utmost optimism and unshaken faith in God. When faced with difficulties, she surrenders herself to Him and derives energy from her firm belief that the right path will be illuminated by the Creator….Having read a few books on esoteric spirituality, this book came to me as a breath of fresh air, with its simple narrative and profound spiritual insights. Pilgrimage on the Path of Love introduces the spiritual ethos of India to the world, and even to Indians who have forgotten the sacred presence of Divinity in this land.” Muskaan Sharma, Life Positive magazine, India
“Barbara Briggs writes with a poignant, transcendent grace that enables us to experience the story, not merely read it. And this is an experience to treasure.” William T. Hathaway, author of Wellsprings: A Fable of Consciousness
“Wonderful Writing: This is an excellent first novel.” Barry Spivack, Oxford University graduate, UK
“I loved this book. Pilgrimage on the Path of Love is one of those rare novels that manages to combine great storytelling with genuine and profound spiritual insights and experiences in a completely natural way. The essence of the book is about the search for the truth of life, and for supreme love, both human and divine.” Sally Brighouse, UK
“This is a stunning novel. When I read a novel, I expect escapism, diversion, entertainment and sometimes upliftment. ‘Pilgrimage on the Path of Love’ soars above these expectations. I can only describe it as a meditation. In ‘Pilgrimage on the Path of Love’, the scenes were painted with the eye of the soul and were so visceral and full, I was there. I missed it when I had finished.” – Philomena Larkin, UK
“Barbara Ann Briggs combines in her book spiritual values and the relationship to the Divine. Her book is full of human love which is transformed into divine love and enables us, not only to read the story, but also to live it.” – Inge Quatraro, Belgium
“Totally enjoyed this book. I had the great fortune to meet the author, Barbara Briggs while at a meditation retreat in India. I am so impressed with her book. Barbara weaves a tale of love, hope, disappointment, hardship and moments of beauty and fulfilment.” – Marilyn Ma, Canada
“ I really love this book and will recommend it for everyone who loves wisdom. The book is well written and very inspiring to read.” – Einar Ostmyren, Sweden
“I loved your book from cover to cover. This book deserves a much bigger audience. Reading Pilgrimage on the Path of Love gave me the experience of transcending with eyes wide open. Through Shantila – the main character’s unbiased eyes – I observed and absorbed the beauty of rural Himalayan India. Shantila lives and moves in such a way that life itself becomes her prayer…every moment of her waking hours is aiming to align itself with Divine perfection. While reading I felt enchanted, peaceful and inspired. Pilgrimage on the Path of Love is a gentle and rich, yet quiet adventure full of authentic moments and human realizations. A perfect lesson in trust and surrender.”– Kristin Naituli, Norway
“Ms Briggs’ inner experiences were expressed so genuinely and intimately. Her writing is clear and one feels transported to a very heavenly place. I highly recommend this book for inspiration and for a very satisfying journey.” Harriet Berman, USA
“Pilgrimage On The Path Of Love was definitely one of the best books I have ever read. It tells the story of the author’s journey, as she travels to the Himalayas and her amazing spiritual experiences. However, these are only part of the story…If you are interested in travel, other cultures, Buddhism, triumphing over adversity, or you are just looking for the next book that you will recommend to your friends, this is the one for you!”-Goodreads Reviewer