My Book “Thank You India” is Published – ​Maria Wirth

Maria Wirth is a German and came to India for a holiday after finishing her psychology studies at Hamburg University. She visited the Ardha Kumbha Mela in Haridwar in April 1980 where she met Sri Anandamayi Ma and Devaraha Baba, two renowned saints. With their blessing shecontinued to live in India and dived into India’s spiritual tradition, sharing her insights with German readers through articles and books. For long, she was convinced that every Indian knows and treasures his great heritage. However, when in recent years, she noticed that there seemed to be a concerted effort to prevent Indians (and the world) from knowing how valuable this ancient Indian heritage is, she started to point out the unique value of Indian tradition.

My book got ready just in time for the Dehradun Litfest.

If you like my articles, I am sure you will also like the book. It has 46 chapters and some 30 b/w photos in the text. I will copy the table of content after the links.

It’s available in India for Rs 499. Signed copies are also available.

For a gift pack of 5 there is a 20 per cent discount (separate link)

Since it is not yet available on (it is coming i am told), the publisher will send it abroad, too. Please contact

In India, it is now available with the publisher Garuda Prakashan, on Flipkart and on

Here are the 4 links (Amazon charges Rs 50 extra for shipping)



Thank you India

A Western Woman’s Journey to the Wisdom of Yoga

By Maria Wirth


  1. Prologue
  2. with Osho in Pune and Kriya Yoga
  3. in the jungle and Swami Vivekananda
  4. Encounter with a 300 year-old Sadhu: Devaraha Baba
  5. Nobody there behind those eyes of Anandamayi Ma
  6. Atmananda, a woman from Austria
  7. Rishikesh and Yamunotri in Himalaya
  8. God – who is that?
  9. Love in India
  10. Abdullah
  11. Sri Aurobindo and Auroville, the city of the future
  12. A conference on modern science and India’s wisdom
  13. The perfect missionary – Swami Chinmayananda
  14. A beautiful youth – Babaji of Haidakhan
  15. Abdullah’s death
  16. Born again and again
  17. The Dalai Lama’s home in India
  18. In favour of the wandering monk: Kumbh Mela
  19. Ramlila in Varanasi
  20. Ayodhya – the birthplace of Ram
  21. Ramana Maharshi and the most important question
  22. Miracles, faith and hope: with Satya Sai Baba in Puttaparthi
  23. No proof, yet fully convinced
  24. Light and its shadow
  25. Murder in the temple
  26. Intimate with the Avatar
  27. Karunamayi’s motherly advice
  28. Shantivanam – a Christian ashram
  29. A coffee planter guru in Kodagu
  30. “Don’t think!” – Poonja‘s good, difficult advice
  31. Life in Kodagu
  32. Surrender and testing times
  33. Does one need a guru?
  34. Mata Amritananda or Amma
  35. in Amma’s Ashram
  36. Happy through breathing: with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
  37. in Gangotri
  38. Insights from a VIP sadhu
  39. in Rishikesh with Eckhart Tolle
  40. Intimations from Beyond
  41. Macaulays children
  42. English education – a big blunder
  43. Mischievous accusations: ‘Hindu terror’ and ‘rape culture’
  44. Caste system – stick to beat Hindus with
  45. Baba Ramdev – a Yogic powerhouse
  46. The world is in need of Indian wisdom

Hope you enjoy reading it.

Maria Wirth


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