The second article by A. den Doolaard and Cas Oorthuys was published in the magazine Katholieke Illustratie of december 19th 1959: Athos, Island of silence.
In this article they describe, after passing Koutloumousiou, the walk from Karyes to Dafni. On the following boattrip to the south they meet a real Hesychast repeating the same words – the Jezus-prayer – again and again. Den Doolaard describes the similarities between the Athos-hesychast and Budism and how the ideas of Budist religion came to Athos. He says that Sanscrite texts were translated into Arab and how these texts later – about the year 1000 – were translated in Greek by monks from Iviron.
Their next goal was the monastery of Panteleimon. He describes the portraits of the Romanovs in the waiting room and how just 36 very old Russians remained to run this large complex of buildings: one by one they die and no novices are to been seen …….
The writer ends his article with some philosofical words about the (dark) future of Athos: “a place without time in a world with ticking clocks, an island of smooth quietness”.