About Mr. Jorgen Laursen Vig
. Vig was b in 1918 in Ry, Jutland, Denmark. His parents worked with agriculture. They had farm in the size of 10 ha. Very good soil.They also had small house the beach from where they could see Tuno and Samso, south of Aarhus. What was especially interesting about his fathers family was, what . Vig discovered later . It was not told to him, but in spite of that, it was n important thing for . Vig to know about his family. Going back 200 years there were movement in Eastern Jutland called D strerke jyder (Strong. people from Jutland). religious environmental movement , which bm famous in history. They were kind of background for the Grundtvigianism and Inner Mission later in the 18th century. They were part of . Vig's family, which was directly related to D strerke jyder, descendents of D strerke jyder. . Vig tells, that his parents were just ordinary people. His mother was from the central Jutland , where people were not very rich,
because the soil is poor there. They had big farm with woods around it to the south of Himmelbjerget. It was an interesting place, where the family of . Vig's mother lived. His father was born in Eastern Jutland close to the sea, in Kattegat. His parents supported him very much. had also younger sister. She died, but she also got good education. She becam teacher about 10 km from Hesbjerg.

During his childhood he didnt attend school, because his father prohibited him to do it. Though there was school very close to their place. His father himself taught his son to read from H.C.Andersen's fairytales, and already as boy . Vig got the passion for the written word and the philosophy. When the other children were playing outside, . Vig was sitting at the library, reading great number of books.

About 14 years old, he went to Danish popular folkehojskole in Ry. Later n, he went to the University, where he studied for 10 years and graduated from it in 1945 with two university-degrees. Since 1945 till 1948 he studied theology and classical philosophy at the Universities in Strasbourg and Paris. During the next 10 years he worked as a librarian in Copenhagen University and as Lutheran pastor at the same time.

Thanks to that he managed to collect a certain sum of money to buy Hesbjerg Castle in 1957. He wanted to found modern monastery here, because he believed that monastic way of life gives a person the possibility to concentrate upon the most important things.

But the sum of money he earned was not enough and Mr.Vig had to borrow some money from a bank. So, he got a debt to be paid back and instead of starting to make a monastery here he estabIished kind of school for young farmers, who payed for their staying b their work (4 hours every day). They were cultivating 40 ha of land and took care of 50 cows. Half of the people were working in the morning. The others were working in the afternoon. The other time were used for studies. During one year they got prepared to pass this special examination, called HF, which was estabIished at that time, which gave the right to enter a University. But this school continued only for few years and stopped at the end of the 70-ties.

About 1975 he went to Africa and stayed a year here studying Islam. had read the in arabic. In 1980 Mr.Vig started to study buddhism and visited Sri Lanka several times.

After that . Vig went in for peace research. This new kind of science appeared first in the USA and England. . Vig and his friends from England were the first in Denmark to estabIish courses in peace research. It was the main interest for . Vig and for some former teachers of Hesbjerg school. They had made small group to work for the maintenance of the continuation of the activities there. They still working for this. Peace-research is very popular in mn universities in Western Europe. In many of them one get a scientific degree in peace-research. There is n organization called IPRA (international research assosiation), which is running conferences almost every second r third year. They started in 1984, and . Vig has attended mn of them. During the 1980 - 90ties many of the conferences took place in Hesbjerg Castle, which always has bn n for everyone searching . But sometimes it was unfortunately too difficult for people of Eastern Europe to get visas. . Vig had a lot of good friends in Russia, who participated in the seminars very often. Almost every year he visited Russia to find more people for the seminars.

. Vig found it necessary to study all world religions, but he was orthodox himself. In 2002 in Russia he converted into Orthodoxy. . Vig had been interested in the Russian Orthodox Church from the time, he studied in Copenhagen. was student during the War (1940-45). His first university-degree was that in theology, and very often he attended the Russian Orthodox Church in Bredgade. Is was before 1945. From that time . Vig was studying Russian for 60 years. didnt think himself to be very good in Russian. For long time he couldn't understand what Russians were saying, but h read Russian easily.

Now 50 years later . Vig's vision of a monastery seems to be a reality. Now there is Russian Orthodox Church at Hesbjerg Castle, and some permanent Russian presence, which is very good, . Vig said.