News From Italy, Athens, Israel

By S. E. M.
Inner Culture, October 1935

After leaving Rome, the Swami and his party journeyed to Athens, enjoying every bit of the way over mountains and through numberless tiny villages which haven’t changed for centuries. The sunrise over the Apennines, viewed from the rim of the cone of Mt. Vesuvius, was especially thrilling. From this same vantage point, they enjoyed a magnificent view of the Isle of Capri, across the azure Bay of Naples. Next they visited the ruins of Pompeii and then the historical city of Athens with its ancient temples and monuments and the prison where Socrates drank his death potion.

Then they sailed to the Holy Land, and there trod over the ground made sacred by the Holy Nazarene. They followed the path over which Jesus carried His cross to Calvary, prayed at the various skrines, and saw Mary’s kitchen and Joseph’s carpenter shop (which are now caverns in a chapel in Nazareth.) They visited the church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, the Mount of Olives, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the Sea of Galilee, the Dead Sea, and the River Jordan. This was a time of great devotion and communion.

From here they went to Cairo, Egypt, and then to India, where they arrived at Bombay August 22nd.

So far only a cable has reached us from India, but there will be more news next month.

 

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