Anagarika Govinda





Anagarika Govinda


Born
in Waldheim, Germany
May 17, 1898

Died
January 14, 1985

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He was the son of a German father and a Bolivian mother. His family was quite well to do, owning silver mines in South America as well as a cigar factory.[1] After spending two years in the German army during World War I, he caught tuberculosis and was discharged. He briefly studied philosophy and archeology at Freiburg University. From 1920 until 1928 he lived in an international art colony on Capri in Italy, working as a abstract painter and a poet, receiving some money from his family. He carried out archeological research in Naples and Cagliari and studied tumuli in the Mediterranean including North Africa, still intending to get a doctorate. This ambition came to an end, when he became interested in Buddhism and meditation.
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“Sometimes a glance, a few casual words, fragments of a melody floating through the quiet air of a summer evening, a book that accidentally comes into hands, a poem or memory-laden fragrance may bring about the impulse which changes and determines our whole life.”
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“Just as a white summer cloud, in harmony with heaven and earth freely floats in the blue sky from horizon to horizon following the breath of the atmosphere – in the same way the pilgrim abandons himself to the breath of the greater life that… leads him beyond the farthest horizons to an aim which is already present within him, though yet hidden from his sight.”
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“The power of such a mountain is so great and yet so subtle that, without compulsion, people are drawn to it from near and far, as if by the force of some invisible magnet…this worshipful or religious attitude is not impressed by scientific facts, like figures of altitude, which are foremost in the mind of modern man. Nor is it motivated by the urge to ‘conquer’ the mountain.”
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