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Theos Bernard, the White LamaTibet, Yoga, and American Religious Life$
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Paul Hackett

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231158879

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231158879.001.0001

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On Holy Ground

On Holy Ground

(p.67) Five On Holy Ground
Theos Bernard, the White Lama

Paul G. Hackett

Columbia University Press

This chapter focuses on Glen Agassiz Bernard's life in India as a yoga practitioner. On June 13, 1935, Glen walked out into the streets of Bombay. It had been close to ten years since he had last set foot on the holy ground of India, and Bombay was the last known home of his friend Sukumar Chatterji. While in Bombay, he made contact with Raj Bahadur Singh, a local publisher of Sanskrit texts at the Shri Venkatesh Steam Press. He also managed to locate Swami Kuvalayānanda, founder of the Kaivalyadhāma Yogic Institute in Lonavla. Spending the next several months in Bombay, Glen alerted Atal Behari Ghosh of his arrival and followed up on their previous correspondence, inquiring about swamis and yogis he had met in America and might meet and seek instruction from while in Bombay. While in Calcutta, he looked for “Tantrik Yogis” with whom he could study. Glen was finally able to meet up with Walter Evans-Wentz even as he continued his yoga retreat with Trivikram Swami.

Keywords:   yoga, Glen Agassiz Bernard, India, Sukumar Chatterji, Raj Bahadur Singh, Swami Kuvalayānanda, Atal Behari Ghosh, swamis, yogis, Walter Evans-Wentz

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