I took this picture at the Freihof where the owners often hand Billy a fly swat to keep the flies off the table. Because they have animals in the basement (ground floor) under the restaurant they have a fly problem at the guesthouse.
I asked Billy to pose for this photo so that I could perhaps write something about how dangerous the common house fly really is to our health. I also found it quite funny how he would kill the flies with the swat.
In Billy's book "Direktiven" (which was one of the first books I bought from FIGU) Billy writes about health and hygiene and about the housefly and its danger to a humans good health. Then also how important it is to keep animals and human living quarters a certain distance away from each other.
Billy suffered for 22 years from an infection called "Helicobacter Pylori" that he got from flies that eats away in the intestines and makes the human sick. Often the doctors don't know that many health problems comes from flies and lack of good hygiene. See: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=%22Helicobacter+Pylori%22&btnG=Google+Search
You notice when staying and working a the FIGU center how well they keep the kitchen and toilets very clean with a daily cleaning routine. There is also sticky fly tape and a fly swat handy in the kitchen. All for good reason. They are teaching by example.
Like Michael Horn says in his radio interviews there is a lack of pretense at the FIGU center. Most people don't try to appear to be more than they are. No one is trying to appear holy like I have seen at different ashrams in India.
- Claes Elmberg, February 6th, 2006
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