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Stone Circles and Geomantic Traces. A Visit in Austria

July 20th, 2016

My wife is active in a network called Spirit Release. The network group is meeting thrice a year and I join her for these encounters. Ten days ago the July meeting was at the home of friends in Feldkirch, Western Austria. The group wanted to visit the Rona Alp near Bürserberg, where about 10 years ago ancient stone circle and traces had been restored. It says that the neolithic site had been set up about 3 – 5000 years BCA. Later around 1100 BCA, the Rhaetian people came and treated the site with respect but the stone circles were destroyed in a later epoch. After researches on lines of force fields and excavations the structure of the site was reconstructed and the stones were re-erected on precisely the original locations. There are theories that the site served as part of a larger communication system. Some dowsers of our group wanted to examine the site – and we all were very interested to see it.

We first met in Feldkirch, and a friend gave some information about the site and the research done there. Then the group drove to the alp Rona at Tschengla. It was a hot summer day. We first walked through a wetland area and then came to a row of stones and the first stone circle. It as a fantastic location at the foot of a pyramidal mountain surrounded by other steep mountains. The dowsers found energetic spots, also one in a little forest at a place where animals use to meet at a brook. Other visitors also came and a girl used one of the stones for some acrobatics.

A little further ahead there was the second, larger stone circle surrounded by other stones. It was an impressive sight. I tried to feel the vibration – some of the stones with a tip-like form seemed like directing rays while the oblate stones seemed to hold the energy. On some of the stones there were natural structures in the shape of faces.

At the end of the site there was a small place where two (modern) stone plates carried inscriptions of Rhaetian wisdom, from bottom up: 1. Believe in me. I am the beginning of all. 2. All my names are holy. 3. My days are for you. 4. Your origin be your duty. 5. All life is valuable. 6. Preserve your dignity. 7. The Truth liberates you. 8. With ownership comes responsibility. 9. Do not covet. 10. Love.

At the end of the tour we had lunch at a mountain restaurant /dairy before returning to Feldkirch, where the group meeting continued. The way home was long and hot with some traffic jams. We were not the only ones who went out for an excursion.

The larger stone circle


Leo – The Path to the Super Soul

July 19th, 2016

The soul is an image of God. It is a replica of the super soul and it expresses itself through the mind, the senses and the body. If we want to come in touch with the divine radiation of the super soul, we have to release our association with the outer form and orient within. This way the inner man is formed and we can relate more to the super soul, the source of our existence.

As a symbol of this orientation upwards I used the photo of a friend standing on a sand dune in Tibet in front of a lake with mountains behind and a vast sky above. To depict the five elements of earth, water, fire, air and space surrounding the personality I created spheres of different colours and the shape of the aspiring individual with his hands lifted up.

Light pours down through three globes – super soul, soul and personality – and is received into the individual. It is anchored in the head, the heart and the base centre. The light detaches the man from the impact of the surrounding spheres. He is oriented upwards to remain in touch with the source of Light.

See more pictures on the site with my paintings. If you want to print the image, you can download the file in medium and high resolution format.

NEW: Now the different zodiacal signs are clustered in groups – you can see here all my Leo paintings.


The Cosmic Teaching Principle. A Seminar on Dattatreya

July 15th, 2016

The third seminar with Sri Kumar in Europe during this summer was in Billerbeck near Münster, Germany, 30 June – 03 July, 2016 (the posts about the other 2 seminars: Kandersteg and Barcelona). It was also his third seminar in Billerbeck. I enjoyed being again in this area where I spent the years of my study time – and Billerbeck is known as the town of my patron saint….

I hardly had arrived from Switzerland that I saw the car with Sri Kumar entering the parking of the hotel. Group members already had gathered in front of the entrance. I quickly got my camera ready. Again this thrilling moment of his arrival and the beginning of another seminar. This time it was on “Dattatreya” and I was particularly happy – I translated the biography of the first avatar of Lord Dattatreya in this age, Sripada Srivallabha and visited his birthplace last year.

Thursday evening the seminar started with a little welcome candlelight ceremony, followed by evening meditation. About 150 members from different parts of Europe as well as North and South America gathered at this beautiful seminar centre surrounded by meadows and forest.

And then Sri Kumar started introducing the seminar. You find here some extracts from my notes of discourses:

“Lord Dattatreya is a profound Vedic understanding of a manifestation to establish a hierarchy of teachers and a means for human beings to find the way back into the divinity. Essentially we understand divinity as male-female God, namely existence and awareness. Pure existence and its awareness as pure consciousness constitute the divinity Existence is eternal, awareness is periodical. Awareness emerges from existence and forms the basis for successive manifestations of the truth. In the next step it steps down as the trinity with the related qualities of Will, Knowledge and Activity and it further steps down into various planes of existence…

Again the students need to be in communication with the teacher, need to relate with the teacher from time to time. That is the reason why Dattatreya had to happen. There was the need for availability of a teacher in the solar system so that guidance is there for all in the solar system. That is how there is the advent of Datta. The shloka we daily chant, “Guru Brahma, Guru Vishnu…” is originally attributed to Lord Dattatreya. It means, the absolute may lead me through my Guru. May the Lord of Cosmic Will reach me through my Guru. May the Lord of Cosmic Love reach me through my Guru. Guru is the window through which the first, second and third logos reach me. Lord Dattatreya brings to us in due and ancient form the energy of male-female god and the knowledge of action, what to will, how to do and do. The will, the knowledge and action, and the presence of the male-female god. Therefore the Lord took its seat in the Sirius system…. The hierarchy on the planet is guided by the hierarchy on Sirius. We relate to our hierarchy because they bring the relation to the hierarchy of Sirius. The local post office is but a representative of the central post. Lord Dattatreya has his teachers in all systems. How this happened is the story.

Dattatreya is the cosmic lord of yoga. He has transmitted the science of yoga to the various planes of existence according to the ancient scriptures. The man shall rise from individualistic states to the universal state and live simultaneously in all the planes of existence. The teacher who presides over Yoga is Dattatreya. Whoever is the teacher to whom someone is relating; through him he is receiving the three logos. He remains impersonal so that the energies are transmitted to those who look for self-realization and truth. There are others also who have gained the status of being fulfilling the three logos. So the seers have seen the male-female, the three logos in Krishna. The difference is, Krishna has come and has returned. Here is one who has come to stay with us as long as the system relates. According to the teachings of the East, Krishna is no different from Dattatreya and from Kapila…

In Kali Yuga Lord Dattatreya has taken to incarnations and avatars. He was born in 14th century in a place nearby to Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh which is called Sri Pithikapura. Pithikapura means, pura means the village, the town or habitat. Sri Pithika means the place related to the Mother. Sri means mother of wisdom, splendour, power, Sri. There is a Sri within the mother in the place called Pita Pura. Since the mother in it threefold aspect it is called Sri Pitika Pura. Even today there is a very vibrant place of the Mother along wish Shiva. It is a known place in India and also in Andhra Pradesh. Lord Dattatreya took birth in that place in the year 1320. It is him whom we call Sripada and Srivallabha. Sripada Srivallabha. He is called Sripada in the sense he carried the most sublime symbols of a conch and a wheel under his feet. Normally when a child is born the knowers see the form and also under the feet for any symbol. In the case of this child there were under the right foot the symbol of wheel and under the other feet the symbol of the conch. It is the symbol of the divine presence in that form.

Three things are intended to be done. Try to see me in all, try to listen to me in all, try to serve me through the forms in the surroundings. These are some of the basic teachings of Dattatreya. If you can, see the others as Me. If you start seeing me I also see you. If you look to Me, I look to you. If you don’t look to Me, I don’t look to you, is what one seer said. The moment when it comes to the practice you don’t do, you forget.

The second dimension is, as much as possible serve food to the beings. It is a speciality of Lord Dattatreya. Serve food. You can cook or buy food. Create as many occasions as you can and serve food. Because it is an immediate need of the other beings. There is only one thing with which you can save another person and that is food, offer again, he says, it is enough.

The third thing is, in your leisure time relate to the mantra DRAM, you can say DRAM Dattatreya ya Namaha, or DRAM Datta Murtaye Namaha, or the Gayatri. Much of wisdom will unfold from within.

Dattatreya appeared in 3 forms, as Sripada, as Narayana Narasimha, then Swami Samarth and then took to many forms. So many gurus emerged between 17th, 18th and 19th century. The touch made them to give the same fresh touch. This is why the tradition of Dattatreya is very strong in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Karnataka. Incarnations are well known in India since ancient most times. The beauty is they know no caste and creed.”


Trip to the Group Living in Barcelona

July 11th, 2016

The magic of the group living with Master Kumar in Barcelona already started with the booking: My friend Robert had invited me to stay with him before and after the seminar but then told me, “I have so much to do on Thursday that you better just arrive on Friday, the day where the group living starts, then we can go together to the hotel.” So I thought I will also leave again Monday after the seminar. While booking the flights from Geneva to Barcelona with Easyjet, I chose these two dates and then selected cheap flights. When I printed out the tickets I was shocked to see that I had booked from Thursday to Tuesday – they had offered other flight dates which I had not noticed. Robert told me not to worry and to come already on Thursday and stay in his flat.

What a surprise that two days later I came to know that Sri Kumar would be arriving only a little later to Barcelona airport – and that Robert had cancelled his other duties on Thursday. And it turned out that Monday afternoon there would be a group meeting with Sri Kumar at the home of Miquel and Rosa where I could also participate.

It was a joyful meeting at the airport on Thursday noontime. Many Spanish group members had come to the arrival. And when Sri Kumar and the accompanying members arrived all where thrilled.

Friday afternoon we went to the La Mola hotel & conference centre outside Barcelona, surrounded by the Natural Park of Sant Llorenç del Munt i l’Obac. About 200 members had come for the group living. The preparations to set up the hall and the stage went on with high speed, and just a short moment before Sri Kumar entered everything looked very nice.

The seminar started after the evening prayer. The topic was “The Divine Laws”. The Master started with the following words:

“Every group life is homecoming for the aspirants. The aspirants are those who are building the bridge between the personality and the soul. The soul cannot function without the personality but it can also withdraw into its home, the Sanctum Sanctorum and to recollect that it is not personality…

An aspirant is one who should think every moment, at all times that he is the soul, that he has a personality. Personality is the vehicle. He continues to be, the vehicle has a terminable duration. Each life he has different personalities, sometimes it can be male or female, another time it can be a doctor… each time it is another role. The purpose of the role is to gain the experience. That way he derives joy…

There is the state of body called happiness, at the state of soul it is happiness, at the state of spirit it is bliss. The aspirants should very firmly hold that they are the soul and that they have a personality for a journey. Through the personality we relate to the world. Without personality there is no relating to the world. Without we just remain souls in alignment with the super-soul. A soul emerges from the universal soul; to experience the beauty of the creation it needs a personality. The soul interacts with the world with the help of a personality. It conducts with the help of a personality. The rules of the interaction are the divine laws. Following the laws he can enjoy the game.

With the football game, he should know the rules of the game. According to the rules of the game he has to play the game. If he does not he is shown a green card, a yellow card and a red card. Creation has happened according to certain laws and the players in creation are called the beings. The beings should know the rules of the game to derive the best joy, experience and even bliss from that play. There is no play, there is no field, there is no way to experience. The divine whose rays we are would like that we enjoy the creation. The children play and enjoy. The parents inform the children the rules of the game. Insofar the children play the game according to the rules would win the game and enjoy it. Likewise in creation, there are the laws and that is the theme for us. It is to relate to this divine order.”

I very much enjoyed the exchanges with the group members. Besides the cordial talks with friends some new perspectives of collaboration developed; I for example met a member from Portugal who decided to help translating books of the WTT into Portuguese.

Sunday morning there was a fire ritual in the court of the hotel. While the dawn was coming up, the flames were rising high and the blessings of the ritual spread into the surroundings. At the end of the ceremony a short drizzle came down as a benediction from heaven.

The seminar was very quickly over again. Towards the end Sri Kumar saw the Spanish groups for short meetings in the upper floor of the hotel. Then at the end, before departure, a group picture with the remaining members in front of the hotel.

Monday afternoon we arrived a bit early at the home of Rosa and Miquel. Rosa had got a friend to prepare a “Master CVV doll” sitting in a triangular construction, with a smile on his face… Slowly the court filled and then Sri Kumar arrived. We sat together for evening prayer and afterwards a short discourse about Sri Krishna – the Master had installed a Krishna statue in the garden in 2010 and visited the home each year after the seminars.

Next morning Robert brought me very early to the airport where I had to wait until the afternoon. The time flew by very fast, I used it sitting outside the airport on a bench, mailing and proof-reading. And when I flew again back over the Mediterranean and the Alps, I felt the memories of the intense gatherings like a bright inner sunshine.


A Group Living with Sri Kumar in Kandersteg

July 8th, 2016

Three weeks ago the first of three seminars with Sri Kumar in Europe started in Kandersteg, Switzerland, on 17 June. Together with a friend I had been involved in the preparations. When we went to the seminar hotel one day before the seminar to set up the stage setting the weather became worse. Torrential rains were pouring down when I drove back to Berne late in the night. Next morning, however, the sun was shining and the way up to Kandersteg promised a beautiful welcome to the seminar participants. About 90 members arrived, from different countries of Europe and even from the States.

Many of them helped with the final preparations, and when Sri Kumar arrived for the evening prayer, there was again the thrill of the magnetic ambience. After the prayer he started the seminar on “Occultism”, hinting at the sunshine:

“We should be able to gain the energies of Gemini full moon and also of the solstice in a very subtle atmosphere emanating from the pure and clean mountains of Switzerland, the Alps. It has all been given a very warm welcome and the Sun. Sun is always there, it only is sometimes visible and sometimes not. The purpose of occultism is to find what is sometimes visible and sometimes not visible. But at all times it IS. Secret Doctrine tells us, what is IS always. Sometime it is visible and sometimes not. When it is not visible it is only apparently not visible and vice versa. This dimension has to be considered at all times, not only when we are in a class of wisdom, or with a book or when we are in some contemplation, What IS is always there, what is not, is just not there. You cannot name anything which is not in existence. Unless it IS it cannot be in existence. The Sun could be apparently absent form tomorrow but the Sun is there. To find what is in occultism, this is the theme of our seminar.

As we landed in Zurich this morning, there was very cool temperature. Then slowly the Sun said, I am also there. I AM is the other name for Sun. I AM always there, sometimes it is with THAT, and sometimes it is I AM. Even if it joins with THAT, it still is. The unity of existence is eternal. There are successive manifestations from it and successive demanifestations. When something disappears in a way it is there in another way. All is there and is not there. But we are always there during the whole creation. Through occultism we try to see how it is and how it is becoming. If you relate to what is becoming we cannot see what IS. The process can be seen when we are not part of the process. When we are with the process, the process overtakes. It puts us into somersaults, roller-coaster, ups and downs. In all this, I AM is like the Sun. The ever shining Sun is there when there is cold or heat. To be with the ever shining Sun is to be with IT. THAT I AM is the Truth. I AM is a partial truth, it is a fleeting truth, it is there and not there. But if I AM is eternally with THAT, THAT I AM, then it is always there.”

At the beginnings of the seminars I often think, oh, I know the topic already. But slowly new dimensions come in and the picture becomes varied and multi-faceted. Very profound aspects were explained opening new vistas of understanding.

Special highlights for me were exchanges with Dr. Kumar in the Executive Board and Board of Advisors meetings. There the idea of future joint European festivals of May Call and of Summer Solstice to be organised rotating between the different countries. And Sri Kumar further explained about Lord Dattatreya, the Cosmic Lord of Yoga:

“We will be including into the World Teacher Trust website the information relating to Dattatreya and his incarnation as Sripada Srivallabha. He is in tune with the energies of the World Teacher Trust, in the sense it is the chief energy of the World Teacher Trust. Lord Dattatreya is the Lord of Sirius, and the energies we are working with came from Sirius through Master CVV who is from the ashram of Jupiter. Essentially the energies are the energies of Sirius, and Lord Dattatreya is the Cosmic Lord of Yoga. The cosmic yoga principle is presided over by Dattatreya who is an embodiment of the Trinity. His is the Cosmic Lord for Yoga. The three Logos as one is Dattatreya. He is the teacher for the entire cosmos, the entire universe.

It came to the World Teacher Trust that many members received the impulse to relate to him, and the energy of Dattatreya is moving in the groups in a very effective manner. I personally received it from 1976 at Sagittarius full moon. Sagittarius full moon is seen as the birthday of Dattatreya. That day I got the link. Now the Lord decided to introduce himself to the groups in Spain, in Germany, and elsewhere coming through those who are relating to him. Through our teachings I also introduced the basic understanding of Dattatreya through a small book, Dattatreya.

We include now this dimension of hierarchical teachings. He is the Christ to Christ, and we include him in our website. It is a great blessing for us. He is taking us to a different dimension of our understanding and our expansion of consciousness. This information is being shared with the General Body that the World Teacher Trust website will contain significantly the information about Dattatreya and that will enable the members to relate to the teachings of Dattatreya and all the information relating to Dattatreya as it is available to us.”

Here are a few impressions of the group living. Enjoy!



Cancer – Descent and Growth of the Soul in Matter

June 15th, 2016

Cancer represents the descent of the soul into matter and the relation of mother and child. At birth the soul ‘falls’ from the spiritual world into matter, imprisoned in the dense sheath of physical incarnation. The mother nourishes the child and gives her affection. Mother Nature protects the child until it awakens to the soul and consciously ascends from matter back to the spirit.

Meditating on the symbolism of Cancer I caught a glimpse of a converging spiral. In the spiral I perceived the different steps of the descent of the soul into matter, and this linked to the mother protecting the growing child. Their interaction reminded me of the glyph of Cancer, ♋.

However, it took some time of searching until I found access to the actual composition of the painting. As a point of departure, I chose a Shalagrama stone, an ammonite, whose spirals are regarded in the East as a symbol of the universal principle or God. I transformed light reflections from butter-lamps in an Indian temple to represent the stages of the descent of the soul, superimposing them on the spiral in different colour shades. For the mother and child I used elements of two Italian Renaissance painters: the mother from a painting of Fra Filippo Lippi (1406-1469) and the child from a painting of Fra Angelico (1395-1455). The spiral ends and also begins in the heart of the child, being near the heart of the mother – Cancer rules over the heart centre. The looks of Mother Nature come out of a veil of light; the face of the child radiates strength and purity. The surrounding greenish blue hints at the higher ruler of Cancer, Neptune.

See more pictures on the site with my paintings. If you want to print the image, you can download the file in medium and high resolution format.


06 March 2016, pencils and photo work

May Call Celebration 2016 in Bitche, France

June 1st, 2016

Last Wednesday I went to the French Vosges to prepare the third May Call Celebration in France together with some friends. The preparation team first met in the house of a group member and later we went to the holiday resort “Villages de France” in Bitche to have a look at the hall for the group living. Thursday morning we came to the seminar place with all the materials – and in a joyful ambiance the preparations were quickly arranged.

The site was a very beautiful place at a lake surrounded by forests on all sides. Around noon time the first participants arrived. I sat at the reception distributing the rooms – a good occasion for a first “hello” to the new arrivals. In France there were strikes going on blocking the petrol stations in parts of the country. One member from Brittany couldn’t get enough petrol to come – and it was too late to take a train… But 34 persons made it, and four came a little later. In all, we were 38 members from 5 countries – Austria, Belgium, France, Germany and Switzerland.

The group living started with the evening prayer. After dinner some of us had a walk around the lake. The surface was very calm and the trees reflected like in a mirror – a fascinating sight.

For the next 4 days, we had set up a program with a variety of contributions by different members. The whole group living was bilingual, in French and German. Besides meditations and texts about the deeper significance of the May Call – the day of group initiation – outside morning exercises made us “fit for the day”; sacral dance and Qigong movements kept the body energies flowing. There were fascinating discourses on “Healthy through medicinal plants – it also goes without chemicals”, with some samples of herbal preparations; on “Astrology – the great picture” with examples of research on the inter-connectedness of all life;  on “The Energies of Time – a look at France and Europe”; and a spontaneous talk about the adventures around the German translation of the biography of Sripada. We saw the first part of the video Music of the Soul, on the life of Master CVV and the video “The Aquarian Zodiac” which was released on the occasion of this May Call.  And a beautiful slide-show took us on a journey to Mount Kailash. Saturday we did a Water Ritual and Sunday, the May Call Day, a Fire Ritual, a Light and Cake Ritual. In the afternoon there was a profound and humorous exchange about the ways how the participants came into contact with Master CVV and the energies of synthesis – fascinating stories.

Monday morning 27 of the group members went to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, where we spoke the Global Prayer for Peace, an invocation for European unity and sang the song of Lord Maitreya. Since it was raining, all tourists stayed under the arcades and we had the place around the central globe for us.

A walk through along the river Aar and lunch in a typical Alsacian restaurant concluded the five days of this May Call group living.


Video “The Aquarian Zodiac”

May 22nd, 2016

The clip “The Aquarian Zodiac” was realised by Sebastián Rey Aristomuño (Lipikas Production) from Buenos Aires, in cooperation with me, on the basis of the “Images of Synthesis“. It is released now on the occasion of the celebration of the Master May Call (29 May) a video-clip is released in homage to Master CVV.
Thank you Seba for the good cooperation!


Two Stories about Kala Naga Incarnations

May 20th, 2016

While proof-reading and working on the German translation of the Sripada Srivallabha Charitamrutam – the biography about the life of Sripada Srivallabha (1320-1350), the first Avatar of Lord Dattatreya in Kali Yuga (I told you about it before), I work on an index of persons. The book contains numerous incredible events and there are also hints about future events and incarnations of people. Many of them already happened by now in previous centuries. When searching them on the web, especially in Wikipedia, I came across some extraordinary stories; two of them I would like to share here.

In the book there is a story of Madhava, a person who had died and was brought back after some time to life by a yogi, Palaniswami, through whom Sripada was working. Together with Palaniswami and the author of the book, Madhava goes into a deep meditation. In his subtle body, he meets Sripada who sends him to the nether worlds. There he encounters many Kala Nagas doing intense meditations and he speaks with two of them. (Kala Nagas are holy serpents living in subtle form in the nether worlds, Patala Loka.)

When Madhava later comes back to Sripada, the latter tells him: “One of the serpents that spoke with you will take birth as Jyoti Ramalinga Swami in the ensuing centuries. It will disappear also in the shape of radiant light. The other serpent that spoke to you will be born on the earth in the centuries to follow with the name of Sada Siva Brahmendra and demonstrate many miracles.”

When I searched Wikipedia I found that Ramalinga Swamigal, also called Vallalar, lived in the 19th century (5 October 1823 – disappeared on 30 January 1874). He was one of the most famous Tamil saints and also one of the greatest Tamil poets of the 19th century. There are interesting points about his life. Among them: “In 1867 he established a center for feeding the poor people. On the inaugural day he lit the fire of the stone stove, with a declaration that the fire be ever alive and the needy shall be fed forever… The oil lamp lit by him is kept perpetually burning.”
And further: “Perhaps one of the most notable factors of this sage is the claim that he supposedly attained a divinization of the physical body. He attained a total of 3 transformations. His first transformation was the transformation of his normal human body into the Perfect Body, between the supposed attributes of this body are total invulnerability to everything thus rendering him effectively immortal and impervious to any kind of damage as well as having the attributes of being omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient this body is apparently made of Divine Light. …
Ramalingar raised the flag of Brotherhood on his one-room residence Siddhi Valakam in Mettukuppam on October 22, 1873. He gave his last and most famous lecture, entreating his audience to undertake a spiritual quest and look into the “nature of the powers that lie beyond us and move us,” and asking them to meditate on the lighted lamp from his room, which he placed outside. …
On January 30, 1874, (he) entered the room and locked himself and told his followers not to open it. He said that even if they did open it they would find nothing… His seclusion spurred many rumors, and the Government finally forced the doors open in May. The room was empty, with no clues. The Madras District Gazetteer published by the South Arcot District in 1906 records his disappearance.”


The other Kala Naga serpent, Sada Siva Brahmendra, had an even more astonishing life. He lived in the 17th to 18th century and was a great saint, a composer of Carnatic music and an Advaita philosopher who lived near Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu. Read the article in Wikipedia. Here are 2 short events:

“While meditating on the banks of the Cauvery river, he was carried away by a sudden flood. Weeks later, when some villagers were digging near a mound of earth, their shovels struck his body. He woke up and walked away.”


“Once the naked sannyasi was seen walking right through a Muslim harem of a Nawab. As a brahma-jnani who sees nothing but brahman everywhere, he would not distinguish between the different human figures which cross his path nor would he be distracted by the sights or noises that his environment may present to him. It was in this state of trance that he was walking along. He, the naked sannyasi, walked straight into the harem, entering it at one end and walking out at the other all the while walking through a maze of inmates of the Nawab’s harem. The news reached the nawab, he had his men chase him, they cut off both his hands as he was walking along, the hands fell off and … still he was walking along silently as if nothing had happened. The Nawab got scared, picked up the hands that had been severed, ran to the Sage and offered them in total remorse. The sage stopped his walking, the severed hands were restored to their place, the hands became normal and the sage walked away! There was no conversation.”


An Afternoon Walk in Lauterbrunnen – Falling Light and Deep Precipices

May 12th, 2016

Last Sunday there was radiant sunshine. Around noon time my wife proposed that we should go for an excursion to Lauterbrunnen at the feet of Mount Jungfrau. It’s about 80 km from our home. Already on the highway there was a fantastic view of the Alps. And it got more impressive the more we approached. Lauterbrunnen is famous for a number of high waterfalls, especially the Staubbachfall (literal translation: dust brook falls; nearly 300 m descent). We parked our car directly near the falls – and it was breathtaking. The falls looked like falling light – the spray was radiant white and came down like falling angels.

I was surprised that there were not more tourists but it still was not yet main season – just some Indians, Japanese and Europeans were hiking or biking. We chose a road along the valley forbidden for cars. The air was filled with the sounds of the falls or the bells of cows. Some old sheds stood on the meadows behind which the towering walls of the mountains rose on either side of the valley. Through a side valley one could look up to Mount Jungfrau, the other mountains were hidden behind the promontories. We crossed a river and went to the Trümmelbach falls – a river coming down from the Jungfrau in a steep gorge with a number of waterfalls inside the mountain. We went up half way with a cog railway inside the mountain. And then the road led through kind of a canyon where sometimes the daylight fell down from above. We only had shirts – inside it was quite cold and water was dripping down.

When we came out again the sun already started hiding behind the mountain and the shadows in the valley were fast growing. Cows were grazing near the road and calmly observing the joggers or grazing. Back to Lauterbrunnen we found a camping restaurant where lots of English tourists were staying in the hostel – and finally got our “evening lunch” – pizza and pasta.

Like clouds falling into the valley – or angels descending?