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Hollywood to the Himalayas is an enlightening memoir of a reluctant spiritual seeker who finds her true self and lifelong calling when she travels to India.

Agreeing to travel to India to appease her husband—and because she loved the food—Sadhvi never imagined she would meet her guru and, as a result, find a way home to herself.

Now one of the preeminent female spiritual teachers in the world, Sadhvi recounts her journey with wit, honesty, and clarity and, along the way, offers teachings to help us all step onto our own path of awakening and discover the truth of who we really are—expansive love, perfection, and an embodiment of the Divine.

About the Author

American-born Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, PhD, moved to India in 1996. A graduate of Stanford University, she was ordained by Chidanand Saraswatiji, President of one of the largest interfaith institutions in India, into the tradition of sanyas and lives at the Parmarth Niketan ashram in Rishikesh, where she leads a variety of humanitarian projects, teaches meditation, gives spiritual discourses, and counsels individuals and families. One of the world’s preeminent spiritual leaders, Saraswati is the author of four previous books on spirituality, and is also well known as a writer, speaker, and activist. She serves on several committees (within the United Nations and World Bank) for international charity and economic development and is a member of the Transformational Leadership Council as well as the director of the International Yoga Festival.  She lives in Rishikesh, India.

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Praise for Hollywood to the Himalayas

  • "Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati describes in vivid and poetic prose the journey that took her, a Stanford graduate, from a life of privilege in America to a simple existence in an Indian ashram. She speaks of her transformation from a disturbed adolescent to a woman who has found spiritual enlightenment; and how she was able to renounce the pleasures of the material world and physical desire through the agency of an inspiring and inspired Guru, the beauty of nature, and a sacred river. Her journey is a river of love, compelling in its authenticity and unflinching honesty. Sadhvi transports the reader to a world and way of thinking that most will be unfamiliar with, and this book is a must for anyone who is interested in exploring different paths to fulfilment and to the Creator."

    - Jane Goodall

  • "Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati is a great teacher of spirituality and consciousness. Her inspiring wisdom illuminates the path to healing, happiness, and inner peace."

    - Deepak Chopra

  • "What an extraordinary book. Sadhvi’s writing is personal, funny, wry, loving, earnest, self-reflective and incredibly engaging. And her story. Wow! If one person can do this, so can we all. Thank you, Sadhvi, for reminding us of what is always here, always possible. I won’t be the same after reading this book."

    - Geneen RothAuthor of the #1 New York Times bestseller Women Food and God

  • "Hollywood to the Himalayas is filled with wisdom and truth about the powerful revelations that unfold on the path to a deeper relationship to the divine."

    - Rev. Iyanla VanzantExecutive Producer of Iyanla Fix My Life

  • "Sadhvi courageously shares her life lessons, illustrating the infinite possibilities when we consciously seek connection to the divine."

    - Jack CanfieldCoauthor Chicken Soup for the Soul series

  • "A compelling account and an inside look at a great ashram, offering a western woman’s remarkable odyssey of trust in Indian spiritual culture and her powerful healing journey."

    - Jack KornfieldAuthor of A Path with Heart

  • “Upon leaving Stanford and a highly privileged life in the West, Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, a nonseeker, found herself in India. On the banks of the Ganges, she experienced a profound healing and transformation from her years of suffering from sexual abuse and eating disorders. Today, twenty-five years later, she is considered one of the preeminent female spiritual leaders of our time. This revealing and deeply personal story is an inspiring demonstration of grace in action.”

    - Marianne Williamson

  • “Hollywood to the Himalayas is filled with soulful, deep insight and dynamic wisdom. Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati’s honest, courageous, powerful story and resonant words radiate healing energy palpable to the heart and mind, borne of her authenticity and spiritual transformation. Study this book and allow your soul to sing.”

    - Michael Bernard BeckwithFounder and Spiritual Director, Agape International Spiritual Center; Author of Life Visioning and Spiritual Liberation

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