“Sound of the Sacred Beads IS India,” experienced from its raw exterior to its spiritual heart. Author Susan Klauber’s personal journey in this “land of wonder, magic and madness” is an exciting adventure written with the “rangy sprawl of Jack Kerouac, the verbal fireworks of Allen Ginsberg, and the wit of Mark Twain.” Enriched by her sometimes humorous but always penetrating “dialogue with destiny,” Susan’s colorful and novel sequence of prose and poetry transports the reader into India, and delivers a unique travel experience. It is a discovery of India as well as of the spirit, “not a tourist guidebook, but a detailed depth of understanding.” As India’s “radically different culture” unravels Susan by challenging her conditioned boundaries and western mindset, Susan unravels India in “an open-armed welcome to the strange, the expansive, the rare and the illuminating.” In her experiences with the culture, the people, sacred temples and pilgrimage sites, and the ancient wisdom of India’s saints and sages, Susan “makes the transition from tourist to observer and then to a person who has eventually attuned herself intimately with a place and its people. She discovers a country ‘where time slows down and peace flows into your veins.’” As she takes “readers deeper into the beauty, serenity, culture and the unconscious spirituality of India that has existed for centuries,” her journey takes on the expansive quality of the universal journey of self. Stunning photos accentuate the author’s vivid images and insightful wisdom drawn from her eight winters in India and her many years of meditation and world travel. From the opening “Western Porcelain Goddess in the Holy Valley of the Gods” to the closing “Lessons from India” and “India in Translation,” Sound of the Sacred Beads “distills the essence of the mystery” of India “as no other”; and author Susan Klauber “does it all with great compassion, wit, humor, and a lucid gift of phrase.”
Susan Klauber, a Canadian-born University of Toronto graduate who resides in the U.S., has lived and travelled around the world, and has always been inspired by the power of foreign cultures to broaden her understanding of life. Sound of the Sacred Beads: A Poet’s Journey into India is based on eight winters in India, and draws on Susan’s many years of meditation, foreign travel, and interest in the spiritual core common to everyone. Her writing has appeared in the Harcourt Canada textbook Elements of English 11, journals (The MacGuffin, The Iowa Source, Contemporary Review, Pirene’s Fountain), anthologies (Eclipsed Moon Coins: Twenty-Six Visionary Poets, The Dryland Fish, This Enduring Gift) and her first book, Face-Off at Center Ice (Blue Light Press, 1996).