A Search in Secret India is the story of Paul Brunton’s journey around India, living among yogis, mystics, and gurus, some of whom he found convincing, others. Paul Brunton is the pen name of Raphael Hurst (21 October – 27 July ), a British theosophist and spiritualist. He is best known as one of the early popularizers of Neo-Hindu spiritualism in western esotericism, notably via his bestselling A Search in Secret India. 6 Mar A Search in Secret India is the story of Paul Brunton’s journey around India, living among yogis, mystics and gurus, some of whom he found.

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The bus was stopped by one ascetic who wanted t Jul 11, Peter Upton rated it it was amazing Shelves: For a while pessimism seizes me. The best part I like pau Brunton is the critical questions he asked various spiritual leaders in order to test whether they are actually spiritual or merely taking advantage of the people in the name of religion.

I decide to carry out my fancy to its full proportions and, when opportunity allows, take the first boat to India. The seven-mile run which follows takes us through flat country.

I want facts, even if they are to be facts of a strange, uncommon kind. I have to ni the name of each one, because you cannot bring or use them without knowing their names. And yet I grew no weaker but remained as strong as before. Hurst was born in London in Because of this book, Ramana became well known within India and throughout the West.


Then I resigned, because I wanted to leave Egypt and travel to certain countries – and, incidentally, to acquire a fortune!

A Search In Secret India: The classic work on seeking a guru

On each occasion I listened eagerly; my ears drank in every word of the talk around me ; my eyes watched with keen fascination the strange experiments which were so often made. There is another interlude of silence. I cannot banish the heavy atmosphere which surrounds me.

Do you believe these tradi- indiq Do brain areas carry qualitative significance? I permitted it to remain undisturbed. I learnt from Meher that his object in founding this school was twofold.

A minute later I an: Once they were easier to find, I believe, but to-day they have almost disappeared.

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This restlessness is difficult to endure and it ends by driving me from the cafe into the open street. Meher sits inside his cave while a motley crowd, composed of dis- ciples, visitors and people from the nearby village of Arangaon, gather in horseshoe fashion around bruntno entrance.

He looks like a hand- some Frenchman, such as one might see any evening in the better restaurants of Paris. Let indja begin by narrating an incident that happened to someone I know. For those queer men, the Yogis, with their magic, their mysterious practices and their strange mode of living, excite my curiosity and arouse my interest.

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But I did learn a lot about India and about the extensive search one goes through, especially inso find a yogi. Yet they, too, are called Yogis.

A Search In Secret India: The classic work on seeking a guru by Paul Brunton

It was a directional light in my life when I was searching and ultimately it is responsible for my own ‘Candles on The Ganges’. In almost all cases, Brunton had to take great initiative and steer off the beaten path to find the true masters. Meher Baba then turned to his followers and bruntoh I sought out those reserved and reclusive men, the best Yogis, and listened humbly to their oracular instruction.

A minute slowly passes. Those practical persons who would fling the epithet “stupid” at its study, succeed only dearch flinging it at their own narrow- mindedness. Spirituality at its finest and purest is what he wanted.

I’ll write about them as I read them.