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Pilgrim or Tourist?

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 14 March 2010

When you travel what is your aim? Is it possible for the very act of travelling to be important in itself? Satish Kumar explores the difference between a tourist and a pilgrim, and asks whether pilgrimage can become a way of life rather than going to places.

A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.

  • Music

    O Virgo Splendens, sung by The Monteverdi Choir, conducted by John Eliot Gardiner, from Pilgrimage to Santiago, Monteverdi Productions, SDG701.

    Song from the Hills, by Ravi Shankar, from Portrait of a Genius, BGO Records, BGOCD99.

    Pilgrimage to the Holy Cross Monastery sung by The Gregorian Choir of Pilgrims, from Pilgrimage to the Holy Cross Monastery, The Orchard, B000046PXT.

    Tala Rasa Ranga, by Ravi Shankar, from Portrait of a Genius, BGO Records, BGOCD99.

    Pilgrimage, by Karjam Saeji, from Pilgrimage, Megaphon, B00104K8JS.

    Pilgrim’s Chorus from “Tannhauser”, by Richard Wagner, performed by The Cathedral Symphony and Choir of London, conducted by Paul Mickelson, from Thanks Be to God, Supreme Records USA, PYE CCL 40013.

  • Readings

    Thich Nhat Hanh Going Without Arriving, from Thich Nhat Hanh A Guide to Walking Meditation, translated by Jenny Hoang and Anh Huong, published by Fellowship of Reconciliation, www.forusa.org, 1985.

    Huston Smith in The Art of Pilgrimage by Phil Cousineau © 1998 by Phil Cousineau. Foreword by Huston Smith. Published by Conari Press.

    Margaret Atwood reading The Moment, from Margaret Atwood Eating Fire: Selected Poetry 1965-1995, published by Virago, 1998. The recording is from Poetry Archive and is available online: www.poetryarchive.org

    Paulo Coelho The Pilgrimage, published by HarperOne, 1995.

    Rabindrath Tagore A Weary Pilgrim, published by Sahitya Akademi, 1998.

    Constantine Cavafy Ithaca. The translation we have used can be found at http://users.hol.gr/~barbanis/cavafy/ithaca.html. An alternative translation can be found in C. P. Cavafy: The Collected Poems, published by Oxford University Press, 2008.


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