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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Rider Books (March 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844130436
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844130436
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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<DIV></DIV><DIV>"Fascinating reading, both from a historical point of view, but also because of the spiritual insights they contain."  Books Magazine</DIV>

<DIV></DIV><DIV>"His work is excellent. It has life, colour, movement."  The Times</DIV> --Various

About the Author

<DIV><DIV>Born in London in 1898, Paul Brunton published 13 books between 1935 and 1952. He is generally recognized as having introduced yoga and meditation to the West, and for presenting their philosophical background in non-technical language. He died in Switzerland, where he lived for 20 years, in 1981.</DIV></DIV>

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The author is a very good writer.
nalinirapture
From my understanding Brunton is the one who brought attention to Ramana Maharshi to the west.
Upsnowdens, please
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Vedic wisdom.
yogini

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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful By S.Venkatesan on July 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
The author has written many books in spirituality; This is one of earlier books. It records his experiences in India, when he met many kind of peoples of various spiritual inclinations. This India is in sense ' secret India' to a typical modern indian also. He is not a impartial traveller. He is also personally seeking, but skeptical and cautious. He discusses about Mehar Baba who claimed himself as Messiah (avatar). He gives details of their discussions. He introduces us to different yogis, their life styles and their world views. Sage-head of Kanchi mutt directs him to Ramana of the Hill of the Holy Beacon. In the conversions with Ramana, Burton is quite clear about skeptical views. He stays for some time with Ramana and later leaves for further travel. He meets magicians (siddhas) and astrologers. He decides to leave India, books for his ship in Bomabay. Suddenly, he evalutes his experiences and decide to return to Ramana for further guidance. He goes to Ramana, learns about " Who am I?" enquiry and practices it with his support. He leaves India with a positive outlook of spiritual nature of man. Later he continues his search; wirtes many books; guides people; (Recently critized in a book for his guru role). The book is highly readable. It is true is that his pride and judgements distort the true picture, but it is seeker's book.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Dinyar N. Jalnawalla on September 25, 2004
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When Paul Brunton decided to take up a long journey into mystical India in search of its secret spirituality he must have had a genuine urge to study Indian spirituality. The thirst to get a real `Darshan' of a true yogi. He had something more than a journalists' inquiring mind. During his days India was ruled by Gora (white) Sahibs and the Indian treasure in terms of its spirituality, herb medicines, yoga etc. lay hidden from the world. The world was just amazed by the new scientific inventions taking place in the west. Indians themselves had begun doubting their ancient systems and methods. To set his foot in India in those times to discover its hidden mysticism is quite commendable.

Paul Brunton lands in Bombay from where he begins his mystical experiences and travels south in search of a true yogi. His experiences which he jots down in very lucid English are a pleasure to read.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Annaswamy Ravichandran on June 27, 2006
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There are Yogis and there are Jnanis.

Yogis, are able to detach themselves from the world at will

and gain control over their mind enough to attempt and acquire union with God, Goodness, Soul, Spirit, at will.

The last phrase, 'at will' is the catch.

Yogis still have their ego (will) in tact.

Their accomplishments may feed and enlarge this ego rather

than help them see its illusoriness and get rid of its hold.

I had the impression that Yogis are ultimately evolved souls, but this book clearly showed that there are Yogis of different

levels of enlightment. A Yogi can gain enormous powers of concentration and become a master of subjects he chooses- even human subjects. He or she may seem and talk and act like an enlightened master (eg Osho), but the veil of Unreality ultimately will catch him or her.

The difficulty with the Yogic path is, and most likely thing to happen, is that one could 'slip' and settle for being a guru or a miracle-worker and thus become bound deeper into a happy, all powerful sense of ego.

Paul Brunton gives many many examples of such people and stays clear of them. As you read the story of his experiences, you

unconsciously internalize the intellectual honesty and quest for

Truth.

He then meets a few Jnanis - more than one is in here. His meetings with Sage of Kanchi and the Maharshi are the satisfying

climax of his Quest. But he also meets very many jnanis - at least two more in Madras (read the one with the outhouse meditator) and an astrologer in Kasi.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 1, 1997
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Dr.Paul Brunton visits India in the early part of this century in search of yogis and mystics. He was fortunate to meet some true saints and finally he reaches his master, Maharishi (The great sage) Ramana of Arunachala (The red mountain) and finds what he came for. This book is a sincere account of a rational and skeptical westerner who was very impartial, but had the guidance of light from God which apparently moved in in the right direction. This book can serve as a lighthouse for both westerners and even the young Indians of this age who can appreciate what they are gifted with than anybody else in the world
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 25, 1998
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This is an excellent book based on the experiences of the author, Paul Brunton, an Englishman, who toured India in the first half of the 20th century. The author's narrative is in the first person and he takes us with him as he journeys through India seeking the answer to the meaning of life. In the end, he seems to have found what he was searching for.
The book "My Father's Guru", by J. M. Masson which attempts to belittle Paul Brunton, instead reveals the egotism of Masson, who, rather than treat Brunton's ideas objectively, only aims to find fault with Brunton for nothing other than being excessively kind.
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