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The History

The child-rich family who lived in a small house in Kongsberg by the Numedalslågen on Krutthusmoen, today's Numedalsveien 26, lost his father in 1890. After an accident in the silver mines where he worked. Marcello was then 12 years old. At his mother's request, he started as an baking apprentice, and completed it in March 1897. In 1895 the family moved to Kristiania (Oslo) where Elen Marie, Mother Haugen as she was later called, started a small dairy business in the Old Town. She was a strong-willed, enterprising and gifted woman who cared for her children, even though the resources were small. 


Marcello understood early on that he had so-called "clearvoyant," but he did not know correctly how to utilize this innate endowment. He started working at the railway as a locomotive cleaner at Hamar and later at Otta. In 1908 he was promoted to as a stoker (One who is employed to feed fuel to and tend a furnace, as on a steam locomotive or a steamship.). In Gudbrandsdalen, Marcello came into contact with many people and for the first time he was given the opportunity to help people with his strange abilities, spiritual power and his vision. His reputation spread rapidly, and he gradually became a famous man in the valley.

At this time Marcello bought a plot of land and built a small living room at Mesnafossen which he called Svarga. It was a half-hour walk up from Lillehammer, always surrounded by a pleasant rush from the rapids river. Later, several houses and a small chapels came out into the nature which he used diligently. A little later, he also set up a larger chapel, Mystica Eterna (1947), which he visited daily, either alone or with family and friends. The main building itself was built in 1929 and was strongly inspired by a large US steamboat.

Mother Haugen, sister Inga and Inga’s daughter Borghild Gylder Haugaløkken for many years ran a small cafe serving coffee and cakes, beer and mineral water on the premises. In addition, you could buy both tinctures and herbal mixtures, composed by Marcello.

In 1915, Marcello was given a cottage plot on a small plateau, Thokampen, not far from the Pillargurite peak above Otta in Sel municipality. It was at approx one decar with magnificent views to Rondane, the surrounding mountains and the station town of Otta deep down in the valley. Marcello had saved the farmer Bredevangen on Thogården near Ottaelva (river) from an accident in connection with his horse running wild. Therefore, the gift. The cabin he built up there he called Sameti. He immediately made it available to the public with a key hanging next to the door. Thousands upon thousands have visited the place every year; locals, tourists from home and abroad, school classes, etc. In 1983 the property was transformed into an ideal foundation, later the "Friends of Marcelo Haugens".


In 1913 - 1914 Marcello had one year's leave to travel to Europe. After meeting with anthropologist Rudolf Steiner, he was invited to Germany and incorporated into his inner circle. Marcello felt attracted to Steiner's theosophical view of life. Here he met many like-minded people, both spiritually oriented and scientists.

Marcello was sent by Steiner to Carinthia in Austria to help the poet Michael Bauer publish his latest collection of poems. This journey should have great significance for Marcello. This is where he met Countess Pachta, who lived at a castle in Vichtenstein. Marcello lived there for a period and eventually helped the family financially maintain the castle as a gathering place for the Order of the Rosary.

At the same time, Marcello was invited to a meeting with Emperor Franz Josef. The emperor was so impressed with his abilities that Marcello was offered the position of personal advisor. He was even called to the German General Staff in Berlin who wanted to hear his advice and perceptions of a possible major conflict in Europe. His fame as a clairvoyant was widely known.


After returning to Norway he stopped at the railway. Marcello wanted to work as a physician and psychic, but was not allowed to practice such a practice upon application by the King.


By a friend, Johan Thorvaldsen, builder and businessman with a large property at the tram loop in Ullevål garden town in Oslo, Marcello got a plot of approx. 2 decar. He had cured Thorvaldsen of a disease the doctors could not cure. This is where "Villa Arjuna" was built in 1920. Marcello took her mother to her new home so she could quit her job in the dairy shop.


At Villa Arjuna, from the first moment long queues of people wanted his services, which had already begun in Parkveien 76, where his sister Inga Gylder lived in an apartment on the 4th floor.


Thorvaldsen and Marcello also joined forces on several projects. They bought a large property at Bygdøynes in Oslo from the shipowner Lindvik's.


Marcello also ran the shipping business and started the Haugen-Tellefsen & co. The two ran this together until the end of World War II.

Marcello eventually became a wealthy man, but he cared little for money. His way of living was simple, with great care for his loved ones, and generous to his many friends. There were great family gatherings and good teams at both Villa Arjuna in Oslo and Svarga in Lillehammer.

Marcello was fond of books and read as often as he could. Indian literature amongst others. He mastered several languages.

In 1920 he published his first book.  An Adventure About Creation and About Man's Position on Creation. In 1923 came his latest writing, a small book entitled "Considerations of a Day," in which he concretized his view of life.

When the war broke out in 1940, Marcello created a family limited company that managed his real estate and capital. He moved too well to Svarga where he lived until his death on December 30, 1967, which he predicted with great accuracy!

Marcello's work ability was fabulous. The time at Svarga from 1940 to 1967 was filled with tremendous effort from people, up to 100 visitors in one day! They could stand in line for hours and days for help with pain, healing, while also practical help in finding water, lost possessions and for advice and assistance across a wide range. The phone could ring almost uninterrupted!

Marcello Haugen is a myth. He healed and directed, and became famous for his supernatural endowment far beyond Norway's borders.

He is buried at Vestre Aker Cemetery in Oslo with his mother and sister Inga Gylder.

Inga, Marcello and Kethe

Here Marcello Haugen rests with his mother Elen and her sister Inga.

If you want to visit the tomb, you can see on the map where on Vestre Aker Gravlund in Oslo you will find the tomb.

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