The call of the journey may mean giving up absolutely everything
For the great departure, the gods did knock, Alexandra did not shrug her shoulders and she answered the call of her celestial friends from Asia. And as one sometimes sees a married woman abandoning her husband, her house, her children, her habits to follow a lover, Alexandra abandons all this to follow lovers who will be called Ceylon, India, Sikkim, Nepal, Tibet. She is in love with these countries as one is in love with human creatures. And for this love, she gave up the small worlds of Tunis, Paris, London and Brussels where she was doing well. She renounces the consideration she finally enjoys, and so hard won, at the price of countless hours of hard work! It was not overnight that Alexandra David orientalist made people forget Alexandra Myrial, singer! She gave up the satisfaction of a full stomach, leisure activities, her dear companions, books. She renounces tranquility, material security. She renounces all that, imitating the example of the Sinhalese Buddhist monks, the bikkhus (feminine, bikkhouni) or the Hindu ascetics, the sannyasi (feminine, sannyasini) or the shadous (whose feminine sadhvi is hardly used except in the sense of "housewife", which is not precisely the case of Alexandra). She could claim the titles of bikkhouni or sannyasini. This Madame Renunciation could be called by her bearers and servants Bikkhou Mem Saheb, in other words, "Madame Européenne Moinesse Mendiante" (European Beggar Monk).
She therefore renounced to everything.
Happiness consists in frequent repetition of pleasure.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
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