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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Quotes from A Search In Secre Brunton describes it in the following way:. He is exceedingly astute and knows human bg through every letter of its alphabet.

One day the wheel of thought will slow down and an intuition will mysteriously arise. Five minutes later the paup arrives: We are entering the region of Oriental fantasy. It is not unpleasant.

They come here to consult me about their problems or troubles, or they wish to discover certain things which elude them, or they want information which is only to be procured by occult means. Later on, this same journalist sacrificed is it a correct term? It was wonderfully written. Strangely enough, instead of having the same effect upon me, this mysterious reserve piqued my interest. Not so; he desired to help the souls of ordinary people by thus catching their faith.

The average Westerner will tell you that it is impossible, and very likely he will laugh at you for your pains. I begged the old Jew to teach me something about the subject, and he yielded pahl my desire. Without that sympathy I could never have gone among people and into places where the average Englishman in India may disdain to tread.

Meher Baba vouchsafed no reason for this move on his part. He visited several holy men of repute in the locality. On such attractive terms it was an easy matter to collect nearly one hundred boys.

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

My father was a pathfinder. In the course of the last 20 or 30 years, Westerners have begun to journey to India and the Ashrams of well-known Yoga masters. I prided myself that experience as a journalist fitted me to draw out, with the least possible delay, much of the information which I sought; that sitting at the editorial desk and curtly wielding the blue pencil had trained me to become ruthlessly critical in separating wheat from chaff; and that the contact with men and women in every grade of life which the profession generally gives, with ragged mendicants as well as well-fed millionaires, would help me move just a little more smoothly through the variegated masses of India, among whom I searched for those strange men, the Yogis.


To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. This book had been recommended to me about thirty years ago by the father of a close friend, Mr Goss, and I had never sought it out until now. If, therefore, I have begun to think a little differently about these matters, rest assured that good cause has been given me. Upload menu files with. With the closing of the outer door I leave behind the grey, bleak Western world.

The world is the invention of Universal Mind. It is unusual; it would be distinguished-looking among a hundred Indians. He then entered Deccan College in Poona and received a good modern education for two years.

It is,in short, a classic on the search for spiritual meaning. Upon it rests a black ebony shrine with gilded folding doors. He ‘died’ some years ago. I know it so well.

Read this book mentioned in a telugu biography of ramana maharshi. As suggested above, this book is really an attempt to analyze India’s spirituality through the lens of Western logical and scientific approaches. Yet that secref who by his own account never accepted “disciples” and only ever called himself a “student” of the subjects he was writing about, spent a total of only six months as pauul house-guest of the Massons, staying no more than a few weeks at a time during the period in question.

The inxia cannot be gainsaid. Sep 13, He was destined to become a messiah! I delivered lectures and gave demonstrations to the Cairo Society, until its members appointed me as its President. Thus he avoids any possible accusation of being close enough to read my writing. One hundred rupees is my minimum.


She was reclining on a long couch which stood upon a railed veranda outside her humble wooden one-roomed house.

The writing is exquisite and the sincerity and determination with which he pursues his goal is both inspiring and moving. For a third time I request the Egyptian to repeat the experiment, and he agrees to a final test.

Faith in a higher power, belief in the existence of supernatural forces, recognition of a spiritual evolution among men – these things were born in me as a Brahmin. I wanted to gather the real facts about the Yogis of to-day by the method of first-hand investigation. Now, I was forced abruptly face to face with a totally different kind of existence. Once, twice, three times. But his descriptions of inner experiences are breath-taking, especially those in the company of the great Ramana Maharshi.

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They represent the true genius of India, and it is through them that the Mighty Genius of the Universe manifests Himself in peculiar degree. He finally finds the peace and tranquility which come with self-knowledge when he meets and studies with the great sage Sri Ramana Maharishi. When he said this was the book which brought him to India, I was naturally curious to read the book and bought it. Through a tall window which opens on the veranda balcony the moonlight comes streaming and casts eerie shadows on the pale ceiling.

A couple of years back this’someone’ was traveling on a bus in Uttranchal. He left a journalistic career to live among yogis, mystics, and holy men, and studied a wide variety of Eastern and Western esoteric teachings. I shall “get his story,” as my fellow scribes of the Press might say.