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German Swami Gauribala

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When Humanity Heeds an Inner Call

German Swami, with whom I was associated very closely as a member of a group of six, including the one-time Governor-General's, son

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German Swami Gauribala: Bohemian Swami of Jaffna

German Swami Gauribala Giri of Jaffna (1907-84) was, by all accounts, an enigmatic colorful figure known throughout Sri Lanka for decades.

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Murugan's Circus By Manik Sandrasagra

In 1971 the remarkable German Swami Gauribala introduced me to Saiva Siddhanta Jaffna. I met Swami at the Colombo-7 residence of Mike Wilson

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Gauribala: Walking the Razor's Edge of Liberation

With the passing away of German Swami, alias Swami Gauribala in legend, both charismatic and eventful, spanning nearly half a century of retirement in caves

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Chapter Two Earthman by Maggi Lidchi

Christopher didn't know who Ayrishswami was or that Jaffna was in the north of Ceylon. He let himself be put on a bus filled with quiet Tamil businessmen going north to the Hindu area

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Chapter Three Earthman by Maggi Lidchi

When Christopher awoke from his after-lunch doze he sat on his verandah and lit a cigarette. He knew what he had to do.He could see the main gate from where he sat. He had to go through there

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Chapter Four Earthman by Maggi Lidchi

Christopher's mornings continued prosaic. He now took over from Paul the job of sweeping the ashram paths with a leaf broom. Apart from Irish Swami's enclosed garden, the borders around the trees

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Chapter Five Earthman by Maggi Lidchi

He had so little to lose, a battered case full of old clothes, the risk of having to wait two or three weeks for his pension cheque before he shoved off.