Sid Harta Publishers
Mary Garden’s second book (of the same name) ”The Serpent Rising” covers
much of the same territory as her earlier work. This time however not as fiction,
but as an autobiography of power and authenticity.
The hippy culture of the 70’s arose out of (among other things) a welling up of dissent, distrust and anger over the involvement of a number of nations (one of which was Australia) in the Vietnamese War.
Young people chose to dress flamboyantly and live alfresco where possible in various types of communes throughout Australia.
A spin-off from these experiences was a blossoming interest into aspects of Eastern mysticism, particularly of the Indian sub-continent variety.
As a consequence, hundreds of young people from western cultures ventured off in search of “enlightenment”. India was a culture which predated the West’s by thousands of years, and does have men and women of exceptional [piety and psychic ability.
That said, India also has the usual crowd of suspects ready to cash in on marketable tends.
Gurus sprang up like mushrooms, and enticed naïve westerners, particularly females, into their Ashrams and retreats. Mary Garden was one of those.
Under the guise of tutorship, these men insinuated themselves into the hearts of these women. Such was natural outcome of these conquests Mary readily admitted in her narrative, which is uncompromising about the inevitable consequences of her infatuation.
“The Serpent Rising” is a very good read. Mary’s style is lucid and unpretentious but very honest.
The Serpent Rising is a journey of spiritual seduction is based on my experiences in India during the 70's. It is essentially a memoir. Read more about “The Serpent Rising”