Bernardino del Boca|
(August 9, 1919 - December 9, 2001) Italy
Theosophist, anthropologist, artist and essay writer
Bernardino del Boca was born in Crodo, Italy. As a young student he began a lively correspondence with several Spiritualists of his time such as Jiddu Krishnamurti, Maurice Maeterlinck, George S. Arundale and Fabrizio Ruspoli. This correspondence produced a remarkable amount of letters leading to life-long relationships, which helped him establish new links with the best-known contemporary figures of the International artistic and cultural scenes.
He graduated with honours from the Academy of Brera in Milan in 1939 and a few months before his diploma, between January 22 and February 12, he set up his first personal exhibition. He worked as a teacher in secondary schools, interrupting his teaching career to fulfil military service until 1946, when he left to Siam.
After 1951 he returned from Singapore, where he had spent some years as Honorary Consul of Italy. Then he started studying anthropology and palaeontology at Geneva, and also started teaching again. He was an educator working to transmit the principles of freedom and harmony of thought - two concepts which accompanied him throughout his entire life, and which he transmitted to his followers.
After his long stay in the East, he embraced the objective thinking approach, a method learned from the monks of the Mahayana Buddhism school, enabling him to help, within the limits of karma, those who, for their own will or desire, are predisposed to the spiritual awakening.
His work made him a forerunner of the International movement of thought which will be defined as the 'New Age' movement a few decades later and that can be seen as a re-Interpretation of Theosophy. His vast literary production gave birth to the journal 'L'Età dell'Acquario' with the declared aim to become a means through which its authors could break existing mental schemes and help people understand the principles of Theosophy.
From the fifties and many decades later, he was also the official visitor of the Prison of San Vittore and the Hall of Justice in Milan, where he offered his support to prisoners without assistance. His work as a civil service Theosophist was also remarkable; he assisted persons in need who turned to him for support even during his final days. He was a man of good nature, who was against any kind of moralizing and preaching, always ready to bring humanity and a sense of humour even in the most dramatic situations.
His Buddhist studies, which began while in Indonesia at the age of twenty-seven, paved the way to the understanding of the secrets of nature and existence, which continued throughout his entire life. He received most of the secrete powers preserved by the Tibetans monks because he was able to follow the path of his heart. His soul left the physical body on December 9, 2001, leaving the tangible signs of his theosophical seeds of a new age - the Age of Aquarius.
Source: sent by one of his followers