Below are first-person reminiscences of Gerald Heard by people who knew him, worked with him, studied under him, or were inspired by him.


"Our being is in Time and is therefore a diffused and scattering shadow beside the focused fullness of Eternal Being... our pleasure and pain, our joy and despair are also wholly subject to Time. But one flash of the Eternal can wipe out all temporary agony and rapture."
The Recollection, 1944

Christ Church, Rendlesham Road, London, where Rev. Henry James Heard served as curate at the time of Gerald Heard's birth.

Photo c. 1905. Reproduced by kind permission of English Heritage (Copyright) National Monuments Record.


Heard's boyhood home at Ballintubber (Ballintubbrid), Carrigtwohill, County Cork, Ireland.

Photograph by Geoffrey Thompson. Used by kind permission of Geoffrey Thompson and Peter Thompson.


Cambridge, "The Gate of Honour" at Gonville and Caius College, through which Heard emerged as an graduate in 1911.

Photo taken in 1900. Used by kind permission of the Master and Fellows of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.


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The earliest-known photograph of Gerald Heard — assisting Leonard Elmhirst winding a ball of yarn — Seymour Hotel, 1925. 

Elmhirst's humorous description of this is as follows: "Gerald Heard visits D + L [Dorothy and Leonard Elmhirst] at Seymour Hotel and is put to use. 1925." Used by kind permission of the Dartington Hall Trust.


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Gerald Heard, c. 1930.

(unknown photographer)


Gerald Heard, c. 1934.

(unknown photographer)


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Christopher Wood, unidentified man, and Gerald Heard, c. 1932.

(unknown photographer)


BBC Broadcasting House, 1940.

Reproduced by permission of Mary Evans Picture Library (Copyright).


Gerald Heard and Jay Michael Barrie at the Vedanta Society of Southern California, 1947.

Used by kind permission of the The Vedanta Society of Southern California.


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With Swami Prabhavananda at the Vedanta Society of Southern California, July 4, 1948.

Used by kind permission of the Vedanta Societyof Southern California.


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With Swami Aseshananda at Trabuco, c. 1952.


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Gerald Heard, c. 1960


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With conductor Robert Craft, 1961.


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Majorca, 1963