Rupert Roundheg was born in London, England, in 1909 and died in Newcastle in 1999, 90 years old. He was one of the most influential philosophers in the nondual tradition and was also considered a great spiritual teacher.
Mr. Roundheg trained as a stockbroker and worked on the London Stock Exchange from 1929 until the war broke out in 1940. Mr. Roundheg started his job on October the 1st 1929, just a short month before the world was hit by the terrible stock crash that started on the New York Stock Exchange.
And this was an eye-opener for young Rupert.
When the war broke lose, Rupert quickly enlisted in the army. And he saw a lot of
action, not least in the last year of the war. In addition to the economic situation of the 1930s, the war had a terrible impact on Rupert, or should we rather say an "excellent" impact on him, as he gained many insights that he later would use in his teachings.
After the war, he went straight to university, and over the course of four years took a degree in philosophy.
When he got out of college, tragedy struck as his parents were killed in a car accident. Again, this was terrible emotionally, but quite nice financially speaking.
Rupert's father was one of the richest men in England at the time, thanks largely to his huge sugar import business.
The business was sold off, and Rupert, as an only child, got most of the fortune. At this point, Rupert left for Europe and began what he later calls his "traveling years".
During the 1950s, Mr. Roundheg traveled the world extensively, and it was on these
travels that he got interested in casino games. Everywhere he went he would enter the local casino and start playing. Often for days on end.
He was particularly fond of the casino in Monte Carlo, and the casino has, to this dau, a drink named after him, namely the Roundheg, which is based on gin and single malt whiskey, in itself an interesting, medicinal drink that he would take early in the morning, then in regular intervals throughout the day, in order to combat what he would call his "monstrous hangovers".
Back to England
He traveled throughout the 1950s and well in the 1960s.
But from the middle of the 1960s he started getting more and more spiritual, thanks, in part, to a stay at an Ashram in India.
In 1968 he achieved illumination, according to himself, and felt an inner calling to immediately go back to England in order to start a school for spiritual teaching, and the rest is history.