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Narikutti Swami - 1
« on: May 06, 2009, 10:52:36 AM »
Excerpt from an article written by Kamala Devi, who founded the
Hill of Fire Ashram, on the coast north of Sydney, Australia.  She
is a frequent visitor to Arunachala.  The article appeared in Jan-
March 2008.

Barry Owen Windsor was born in August 1930 in Sydney.  His mother
died when he was a teenager and this gave him pause for thought
about the transitory nature of life.  He studied architecture as a
young man and became proficient in design, neat drawing and lettering.  He exercised this skill throughout his life not only in letter-
writing but also in the fastidious way he kept his living quarters
clean and spare in content.

At the age of 19, he came under the influence of a fellow architectural student, Adam Snodgrass.  Snodgrass was an extremely erudite young man with a brilliant mind.  He inspired a number of people to study Indian Philosophy and Art, particualarly Advaita Vedanta.
As a consequence Barry studied Ananda Commoraswami  [the author of Dancing God of India] and the French metaphysician, Rene Guenon, in depth.

In the days before travel to India became popular, Snodgrass had made repeated journeys and when he was planning to set of again in early 1950s, Barry Windsor decided to accompany him.  The purpose was to go to Kataragama in Sri Lanka, where there was an Ashram
under the auspices of Swami Yogananda, a famous guru of the time.
Neither had any intention of returning, feeling that they would embrace the life of ascetics.

Arunachala Siva.