click image to enlarge


Diary of a Woman's Search
Paperback Book
Timeless Books
March, 1981
We are currently out of stock of this item. You can purchase it now. It is one of these 3:

  • A regular stock item, already on order
  • A "special order only" item, which we can order in for you. For these, please expect a delay of up to 4 weeks in addition to our normal delivery times.
  • A forthcoming title (note publication date above)

Contact us:
Phone us: (from Vancouver area) 604-732-7912
(from elsewhere in Canada or U.S.) 1-800-663-8442
Email us:
$21.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

In 1955, when it was unheard of for women to travel alone to India, Sylvia Hellman courageously followed the call of her heart and made an extraordinary trip to the foothills of the Himalayas—and to the depths of her soul—where she met with her Guru. At the end of her journey a transformation occurred—Sylvia Hellman had become Swami Sivananda Radha, a remarkable woman whose pioneering work would help lay the foundation for yoga in the West. In 1963, Swami Radha founded Yasodhara Ashram on
KootenayLake in B.C., a yogic practice centre flourishing today.

Swami Radha waited some 25 years before publishing this extraordinary account of the relationship between herself and her guru, Swami Sivananda of
Rishikesh, India. This is an incredible autobiographical story of the first Western woman to take the vow of Sanyas and become a Swami. In this book we are witness to her moment-by-moment observations, reflections, and changing perceptions of her guru and of herself.

As a westerner and a woman, Swami Radha overcame incredible physical and emotional challenges to discover her truth. Her courageous search for depth and meaning inspires readers to reflect on their own personal quest.

In her introduction to this new edition (which contains many lovely photographs of the author, Swami Sivananda, and
), Swami Radhananda writes:

In following the instructions of her guru to return to the West, Swami Radha was able to bridge East and West. To Swami Radha, yoga was selfless service. Nothing was taken for granted and everything that came to her was offered back to the Divine. In her ability to tune into the truth of her own experience, Swami Radha became like a magnet to the Divine forces. Although her life is an inspiration, she encouraged everyone not to just accept what she said, but to “Find out for yourself.” And in this way, the teachings remain alive.

Among Swami Radha’s other books are Hatha Yoga: The Hidden Language and Kundalini Yoga for the West.

Publisher’s Description: 

In 1955, a recent immigrant to Canada embarked on a journey to India that would ultimately revolutionize the interpretation of yoga in the West. Her pilgrimage is vividly captured in Radha: Diary of a Woman's Search, an account of Swami Sivananda Radha's journey of personal transformation. From the banks of the Ganges and the streets of Rishikesh, this engaging pilgrimage will take you inside the heart and mind of one of the foremost yoginis of our times.

Community Reviews

Login or Register to post a review