When the Prime Minister met the saint, and other memories and reflections

Afterthoughts, by James George, August 1, 2016. Looking back, I see my five years in India as the high-point of my diplomatic life, and my most memorable time in India as the four days in January of 1971 before Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau’s official visit to India. […] When the prime minister met the saint, …

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Duchess Simonetta Colonna di Cesaro and Swami Chidananda

Duchess Simonetta Colonna di Cesaro was born in Rome in 1922. Descended from Russian aristocracy, the daughter of intellectual & politically inclined Giovanni Duke of Cesaro,’ she grew up in a sophisticated environment, and would end up halfway across the world not only geographically, but socially and ideologically, and then back again. Simonetta’s look, her …

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Blanca Schlamm (Atmananda)

Blanca Schlamm (Atmananda) (1904-1985) Blanca was born on the 7th of June 1904 in Vienna, the daughter of a wealthy Jewish businessman from a Polish family and her mother was from a Czechoslovakian family. There were early tragedies in her life. When Blanca was two years old her mother died after giving birth to a …

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Ella Maillart: Discovering the unknown by herself

Ella Maillart was the pioneer solo woman explorer who found her spiritual side in India. By Ravi Shankar. The New Indian Express. Published: 27th September 2020 05:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 25th October 2020 11:02 AM  | A casualty of the internet and satellite mapping is the explorer. Before technology, Huen Tsang, Marco Polo and Columbus explored uncharted lands, …

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Crank’s Ridge: Alfred “Sunyata” Sorensen: a full Emptiness

Ashrams of India: Volume 2 Chapter 21 Uttarakhand, Crank’s Ridge Former haven for hippies and mystics during the 60s and 70s Alfred Julius Emmanuel Sorensen (October 27, 1890 – August 13, 1984), also known as Sunyata, Shunya, or Sunyabhai, was a Danish mystic, horticulturalist, and writer. He lived in Europe, India and America. The son …

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Podcast: Indra Devi and The Goddess Pose

Granddaughter of Indra Devi’s friend Ruth Taylor, Francesca Rheannon speaks with Michelle Goldberg about Indra Devi. Her biography is The Goddess Pose: The Audacious Life of Indra Devi, the Woman Who Helped Bring Yoga to the West.

BBC: When a ‘heartbroken’ backpacker met The Beatles in India

BBC News 12 Sept 2020, by Soutik Biswas, India correspondent A Canadian backpacker’s meeting with The Beatles in a spiritual retreat In India half a century ago is the subject of a new documentary. For filmmaker Paul Saltzman it was a “life-changing” experience. When a 23-year-old Canadian man arrived at an ashram near India’s holy …

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Holy Man, an article form LIFE Magazine 30 May 1949

Eliot Elisofon Eliot Elisofon was the photographer who took the pictures for Life Magazine’s long article about Ramana Maharshi. He was was one of the most famous and accomplished Western photographers of his day, with notable achievements in other fields as well. Life a general-interest magazine for the broad public, in its heyday was a very big …

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