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A Search in Secret India [Paperback]

Paul Brunton
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March 1 2003
The late Paul Brunton was one of the 20th century's greatest explorers of and writers on the spiritual traditions of the East. 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 not. He finally finds the peace and tranquility which come with self-knowledge when he meets and studies with the great sage Sri Ramana Maharishi.

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

"His work is excellent. It has life, colour, movement."  —The Times

About the Author

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.

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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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1.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining but not believable July 12 1998
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When I first read this book, I would have rated it three or four stars. I found it engrossing, fascinating, and uplifting.
I have changed my opinion after reading "My Father's Guru", by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson (also featured on Amazon). Masson grew up in a family which adopted Brunton as its guru, and in his book recounts many of his own and his family's experiences with Brunton, telling a very personal story which ends in disillusionment and some bitterness.
After reading Masson's book it became clear (at least to me) that Brunton fabricates much, including his own Phd. status. I now suspect that much of what Brunton wrote in "Search in Secret India" was also fabricated. Hence, as a work of fiction masquerading as a documentary I do not rate it very highly.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book. Feb. 15 2000
A Search in Secret India - Paul Brunton This book is a curious report of an English journalist's contact with the "mysterious" India. Armed with the best intentions possible in that time, Paul Brunton reveals to us all the prejudices and deformed ideas that the Occident has of the East. And he played a role in the vulgarization of several erroneous ideas that nowadays are accepted with the largest naturalness. Of special interest is the chapter IX "The Hill of the Holy Fire", where P. Brunton tells us his encounter with Shri Ramana Maharshi, a true Illuminated (obs: the ones that surrounded him at the end of his life and that proclaimed themeselves as their heirs weren't of the master's height). The reading of that chapter is worth the book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good book on mysticism in India Sept. 25 1998
By A Customer
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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating discription of India in 40s April 12 1999
By gamer
The Author's journey in India in 40s gives him new experiences.
He goes with an open mind and search of new things. Brunton has an eye of an journalist. He meets a lot of people - from street magacians to Shankaracharya. Some people impressed him and some just make him feel puzzled. This is a candid writing and one can see that some things in India are still the same after 60 years. Good for people interested in eastern Mysticism.
The last part with Maharshi and realization of truth is incredible!
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