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Lilith

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Lilith a novel by Ambika Devi

 

About the underlying concepts of the story
Lilith is based on three myths and inspired by Ambika’s fascination with mysticism. The original leap of faith took place when she was challenged while receiving a degree in Astrology to write a book about astrology that would not end up on the divination shelf of the bookstore. She had no idea at the time that this indeed would be the seed of this novel.
The threads and imagery held within the pages of “Lilith” are all inspired by true happenings from her life. The fantasy is inspired by her vivid dream world and love of the world of imagination.
Most of Ambika’s work in the past few decades has been as a relationship counselor utilizing skills in Astrology and with the Tarot cards. She has learned a great deal through the years of loving people through their lessons and transitions and wanted to bring the pearls of wisdom that have come forth through thousands of hours of sessions in a way that was fun summer reading. By divine magick, the pages wrote themselves and we are gifted this opportunity to share the story of Lilith with all of you.
During the writing of the book Ambika completed her Master’s degree in the Education of Yoga from Hindu University of America and decided to intertwine the basic theme of her master’s thesis into the pages of “Lilith” along with the original concepts. This all might sound a little crazy but somehow it all rolled together like Ambika’s outside-the-box concept of time being like a burrito!
She learned a lot about patience as this story to wove itself into existence. The entire project spanned more than a decade. As the theme developed for “Lilith” she received many coaching sessions and had many discussions with her first publisher Nick Ligidakis of Inkwell Productions. Over the years the pair discussed the core concepts of the story she was working with for the book and how to dig into her psyche to bring up more. Nick always believed in Ambika’s ability to get these ancient themes to work in the style of a popular novel and for this we are eternally grateful.  ~Mythologem Press  

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Synopsis of Lilith

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 “Lilith” is a 13 year project that began as an idea from my creative  writing teacher, back when I was receiving my undergrad title in  Astrology from NorthStar University. He posed a challenge to my class to  write a book that is about Astrology but would never end up in the new  Age or Occult section of a book store. For the first three years it did  look a lot like a numerology book and oddly enough, the original title  was Thirteen, so I was not really doing a great job of meeting the  challenge. This led me to seek out a coach.

When I met Nick  Ligidakis of Inkwell Productions the story began to leap from the page  at me.  He lovingly instructed me through the creative process and ten  years later—here we are!

“Lilith” is a modern story based on an  ancient myth that came from the Sumerian culture. The original myth  speaks of the boldness of the Divine Feminine and her inability to  conform to the whims of man. This inspired me to develop the main  character of my book named “Lilith.” 

 In the story, we follow our feisty heroine through a single day as she  engages in conversations with her guardian nature spirits and has  realizations about relationships, love and her childhood.  I decided to  twine in a second story based on the myth of the “Fisher King.” This  part of the story portrays an aspect of the Divine Masculine and the  wounds inflicted on our brothers in society. In my book this is told by  an alchemist, his talking parrot and his devoted assistant. This adds a  new layer and dimension to the tale.

The mirror of these two  myths reflects a third story about creation. To inspire this portion of  the tale, I drew from the ancient myth of creation belonging to the  Inca.  I adore Peru and take people there on expeditions each year.  Details of this creation story are fleshed out in hallucinogenic  descriptions that illustrate the dynamic powerful magnetic force which  draws opposites into irresistible attraction. This theory is from my  Master’s Thesis on Ardhanarishvara—this is an ancient way to explain  that two halves indeed form a whole through synthesis, polarity and  unification. Yes, somehow I managed to get threads in from this academic  paper as well. I figured it was the only way I could get people to read  it other than my professors from Hindu University of America where I  received my master’s title.

The path of Lilith’s story takes us  on a transcendent trip through flashbacks, memories and dreams. These  unfold in conversations as the result of a chance meeting that Lilith  has with a man in a cheese shop located in the Italian Market. We follow  the pair on a Sunday stroll through the streets of South Philadelphia  and listen in on their conversation.

Time skews as parallel  universes collide, creating a tight folding in upon itself like the  creases of a well-crafted burrito. Stories within stories are woven with  reckless abandon until every moment converges as a single point in  space. All existence magically becomes the present moment, proving that  there is no such thing as time.

Lilith shares unique ideas about  the origin of existence, what women want, and a candid view of what I  believe is really going on inside the minds of men. I did my best to  make it fun to read and to tell the story with a great deal of humor and  insight. 


Lilith novel e-book and audiobook
Lilith novel e-book and audiobook
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More about Lilith

 Lilith is a mystical trip through dreamscapes and the streets of South  Philadelphia. We follow a feisty heroine as she engages in conversations  with her guardian nature spirits, has flashbacks about her family and  realizations about relationships and love.

Lilith time-trips  between parallel realities and lucid dreaming with a humorous look at  what is going on inside the minds of men. 
Lilith paints a kaleidoscopic picture of divine feminine power, creation and what women really want. 

About the Author

 Ambika Devi surely has one thousand arms like the great goddess for  whom she is a namesake. Each of the hands is involved in a creative act  which is generated with intense passion. She began reading the Tarot  cards and her study of Yoga as a child and has always cherished the  magic of dreaming.

A permanent student and writer, Ambika Devi  holds a master’s degree in yoga and bachelor’s degrees in: astrology,  fine arts, holistic health and teaching. Her current research of deep  relaxation induced by breath and sound for doctoral research, takes her traveling internationally presenting to a vast array  of audiences.

From Chapter 8 of Lilith January 22, 2007©Ambika Devi

Ripples  of water rocked as if the entire world fit into a small bowl that was  being shaken by a Sumo wrestler. Dark liquid lapped at the tips of  mountains that never gave up their intention to protrude through the  choppy surface. A piercing golden hue thrown off by a great disk of  light hovered high above the stratosphere. It threw a flood of  brilliant, colorful shadows on the murky sea. Deep underneath the  surface, the great planet slumbered in silence, blanketed by the  darkness of her depths.

The golden disk yawned, spewing a green and purplish mist of tiny  bubbles full of potential that turned orange and blue as they swarmed  like a hive of bees toward the water. 

“Are we dead?” gurgled a feminine tone. 

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From Chapter 10 of Lilith January 22, 2007©Ambika Devi

 ...He realized that he had never needed to know more than the counter  and cash register. After a quick transaction he would scurry home with a  takeout box of deliciousness. Thami chortled and motioned him up the  stairs. He pitched hard and convinced Don to stay and eat at a table.  Don needed to pee, so he decided to go for it.

He climbed the  twisting staircase typical of the trinity houses in his neighborhood and  easily found the tiny men’s room. When he came out, there was a small  table with his usual order on a china plate. A steaming cup of Turkish  coffee sat next to it in an ornately painted cup on a saucer. He didn’t  remember asking for the thick dark liquid but was happy to see it. He  sat down and took a sip. Cinnamon, cardamom, and the tang of darkly  roasted beans twirled on his taste buds like tiny ballerinas in an  acrobatic circus.

Don was crunching into his first bite when the  background music suddenly shifted and cranked loudly through the small  space. This summoned a shimmering belly dancer into the dining area.  Howls, whistles, and hairy hands waving ones and fives filled the air.. 

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From Chapter 16 of Lilith January 22, 2007©Ambika Devi

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 “Do you think we add up?” Don said, smiling.

The sound of “we”  felt awkward for a second but in spite of it, Lilith decided to answer  “If I didn’t think so, I would have left you back at the cheese store!”

The Troubadour picked up his lute and began to strum a little ditty inspiring Don to have the courage to continue.   

 “If we were a song, would there be harmony?”

“Definitely.” responded Lilith.
“Would we be instrumental or is there to be a story in the lyric?”

“Oh! There is a story, for sure!” she smiled casting a glowing light in through the eye windows onto the Boardroom’s table.
 

“The  sounds of manifestation and healing are unique to you,” whispered the  Gandharva from another dimension. Lilith did not hear the words but  rather a high pitched whirring sound. She felt the hairs on the back of  her neck stand up. Little bumps rose on her arms and she took it as a  positive sign. 

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From Chapter 22 of Lilith January 22, 2007©Ambika Devi

There was something about the Victorian buildings and the huge live  oak trees in Savannah that sent Lilith into another world. The  phenomenon was similar to her experiences in other historic cities she had visited; they seemed to enhance her psychic abilities, making it  easy for her to tap into the unseen and the unknown. This happened when  she’d traveled to the French Quarter in New Orleans; Paris, France; and  Oia, on Santorini, in Greece.

From the moment Lilith got her  license as a teen, she loved the sensation of driving and looking at the  landscape drifting by. Every year she would get the itch to travel.

She’d  decided to take a break from Philly and grabbed her journal, packed up  the car, and hit the road when the leaves began to turn.

Her  mom had given her some money to book a room in a bed and breakfast for  the getaway. Lilith was excited by the idea of sitting on a big southern porch,  writing and drawing. Originally she had planned to meander down Skyline  Drive in Virginia, but something pulled her further south to Georgia.

 

Savannah was so much more than she’d ever imagined. Walking along the  tree-lined streets, Lilith felt as if a dormant part of her psyche woke  up and drank the soma of inspiration. In the afternoons, she walked  through innumerable squares and went to museums, which took her all over  the historic district.

City Market bustled with modern shops  behind antique store fronts. The merchandise was secondary to her  fascination with the beauty of the architecture and signage. She fell in  love with all the colors and textures.

It was on a  corner just off a walking plaza of shops and brew houses that she  spotted a group of pedicabs waiting for fares. The driver in the center  caught her eye, and she was pulled to his cab as if by a giant magnet.  The others melted away.

“I would like to hire you for the afternoon,” said Lilith

matter-of-factly to the young driver. “What’s your name?”

“George,” the wiry young driver answered. He looked tired or

sheepish—she wasn’t sure.

“Can I do that?” she asked.

 “Hire  me for the afternoon?” George responded. “Sure, sure. Hop in,” he said  as he jumped in the saddle and backed the cab out of its slanted parking  space.

A couple of blocks away, George stopped and twisted  around on the seat to look her in the eyes. She had been so tired when  she climbed into the throne-like seat that his adorable face had been  hidden by the mist of her exhaustion. Lilith sensed the young driver  wanted to cut

a deal, and she was open to anything. For the  moment, she was just thankful to be off her feet and in a comfy place  where she could make some notes in her journal.

“I just want to  say…” George began, causing Lilith to look up from her purple pen laying  an inky image of a tree against the thick, textured paper of her book.

She smiled as if to say, “Yes?”

“We’re not supposed to do this,” George continued.

“Accept a fare?” questioned Lilith with a smirk.

“It wasn’t my turn, but my buddy who was next in line said okay, so I got you.”

“Well,  thanks! It’s nice to be gotten!” replied Lilith, grinning. She shifted  in the seat to get a more straightforward connection with her  charioteer. He was super skinny and genuinely cute. Too bad he’s way too  young for me, she thought, and then asked “So, how does this work?”

“Well,” George said, “you can pay by the run, the hour, or…”

“Can we make a deal?” she cut in.

“Sure. What are you thinking? Where would you like to go?” he asked, smiling.

“I  don’t have a specific place in mind, but I do know that I’d like to see  a bunch of squares and some interesting architecture. I seem to have  missed the Mercer House, and I promised my mom I would see it. You know,  the whole movie and book thing.”

“Yeah, of course I do! Okay,  well, that’s down near Forsyth, and there are a lot of squares to see on  the way—both on this side and the east side.”

“I’ll leave it up  to you. This is your town,” Lilith said. “Let’s visit the ones you think  are cool, and make lots of stops. If you can add some storytelling,  I’ll hire you for an hour or so. How does that sound?
“Good for me,” responded George.

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Reviews of Lilith

"I found myself laughing with delight"

 "As I read, I found myself laughing with delight as I imagined one of my  favorite authors Tom Robbins ticklingly whispering in Ambika Devi's  receptive ear. Shades of "Jitterbug Perfume" meets "Still Life With  Woodpecker" in its sacredly profane/profanely sacred verbiage scattered  throughout. Although in parts, it may feel like a hallucinogenic trip  into psychedelia, it arrives by way of more natural means."  


 Edie Weinstein a.k.a.  Bliss Mistress, is an Opti-mystic who sees the world through the eyes  of possibility, a colorfully creative journalist, dynamic  transformational speaker, licensed social worker, interfaith minister  and radio host, as well as the author of “The Bliss Mistress Guide To  Transforming The Ordinary Into The Extraordinary.” www.liveinjoy.org 

"A story that ignites your spirit!"

 

"I have never, EVER met a more passionate yogini than Ambika Devi and  that passion oozes from her writing. Authentic, deep, a story that  ignites your spirit and busts loose your yoga soul on a joy ride. YES!  YES! YES!"

David Romanelli Teaches people to “Take the Pledge to Live in the Moment.”​

"A must read for everyone!"

 "Ambika Devi spins a vivid story of life taking place in single a  day. The writing of “Lilith” portrays history mirroring into our daily  spiritual life. It is a must read for everyone!"

Shri Manabawa Yogi and Philosopher​

"Hard to resist a tale like this."

 "Could there be a better way to explore mystical matters and  non-ordinary reality than within a humorous tale of twists and turns in?  Not likely. Lilith, scribed by the enigmatic Ambika Devi, acts as a  guide over the bumps and around the bends on "the path," and into a more  enlightened state of being. Hard to resist a tale like this."  


Philip Sedgwick, renowned author, screenplay writer and Astrologer. 


"It's a subtle spiritual experience."

 

"I embarked on my own visual and sensual journey as I became  entranced by the adventures of Lilith. The sometimes almost commonplace  and other-times otherworldly wonder of Lilith kept me enthralled page by  page. The book comes alive as Ambika Devi delves into the hearts and  minds of the main characters in a very unique way. Lilith is not just an  awesome read, it's a subtle spiritual experience."

Debbi Lis Literature aficionado​

"A book to be read over and over again!"

"Through the voice of each storyteller a world is painted, one that has  never been seen before nor ever be recreated again. Lilith unfolds a new  facet with each reading and is a book to be read over and over again.  As ancient tales are told through the life of a curious Philly girl and  her exploits, the once oral traditions of yoga find a language in our  current slang. Ambika Devi writes articulately inspired by her own well  lived life and adventures and her devout study of Vedanta philosophy.  Lilith is surely to be a tale read for entertainment with deeply  profound learning woven into the turning of each page."  Judah Page Somatic Movement Therapist and Educator ​