Some information about the author

On the 11th of September 1941 I first saw the light of day, born the son of Jost Langguth (Organist and Choirmaster) and Ilse Langguth, née Kullrich, now Middendorf in Frankenberg in the region Saxony. My father fell in the last days of the war in 1945.

My mother moved with me in the summer of 1945 to Berlin where she found her practice had been razed. In 1950 she married the photographer Erich T. Middendorf.

At the age of 14 my interest in the big questions of existence began to grow. “Where do I come from, what am I, and what is my goal?”

In the years 1955 to 1958 I practiced Hatha Yoga intensively. As a  result of this among other things out of the body experiences took place as well the first conscious encounter with my psychic being.

At the end of 1958 I resolved only to live in the “outside” since the process of purging which my Yoga teacher wanted to lay on my shoulders appeared to me to be irreconcilable with the demands of the real world. My work as a graduate engineer and technical assistant at the Technical University of Berlin (1970 to 1975) was the result of this section of my life whose conclusion was initiated by my experience of Kundalini power (1971)

In October 1972 I had the decisive peak experience of “another body“ and a “new” breath.

In 1973 I read the book by Satprem, ‘Sri Aurobindo, or the Adventure of Consciousness’, and obtained with that the first contact to the works of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother.

Already after a few pages I knew with complete certainty, “This is it!”

In May 1975 I completed my work as a graduate building engineer and began the breathing training under the direction of Ilse Middendorf as well as parallel to that the training to become a non-medical practitioner.

1975 until 1988: countless periods of residence in India at Pondicherry  and Auroville.

1977 until 1981: organizational administration of the Ilse Middendorf Institute in Berlin

On the 1st of January 1982: I founded the ‘Institut für Atemtherapie, Atemunterricht und Ganzheitliches Heilen‘  (Institute for Breathing Therapy, Breathing Training and Holistic Healing’. It is now known as the Ilse Middendorf Institute for the Experience of Breath, and is located in Beerfelden (in the Odenwald region of Germany); since then I have directed its organization.

In 1990 I took over the Ilse Middendorf Institute in Berlin and its organizational direction. 

In June 1996 I wrote the first (as yet unpublished) script about the current theme. 

From 1996 until today I have taken part in numerous conversations with Ilse Middendorf about the topic at issue.

In May 2001 I rewrote this work on the strands of Sithonia (opposite to Mount Athos, Greece) with the plan of publishing it in the Internet at

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