Arrival in the country

July 29 2007

First movement of Beethoven’s Pastoral: Erwachen heiterer Empfindungen bei der Ankunft auf dem Lande – Awakening of cheerful feelings upon arrival in the country.

Sarvepali Radhakrishnan in his Indian Philosophy (2 vols, George Allen & Unwin, 1923): “Perhaps an enervating climate inclined the Indian to rest and retirement. The huge forests with their wide leafy avenues afforded great opportunities for the devout soul to wander peacefully through them, dream strange dreams and burst forth into joyous songs. World-weary men go out on pilgrimages to these scenes of nature, acquire inward peace, listening to the rush of winds and torrents, the music of birds and leaves, and return whole of heart and fresh in spirit. It was in the āśramas and tapovamas or forest hermitages that the thinking men of India meditated on the deeper problems of existence.”

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