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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Travels with Brunton Dec 15 2011
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In this book Paul Brunton takes you on a trip through India in the 1920-30's period. In his search for sages and mystics he finds it is more of a search for himself, or what later he refers to as the Overself. He finds many frauds, magicians and fakirs during his travels before his search leads him to his spiritual mentor, Ramana Maharshi at Arunchala. This book is well written and I'm sure many seekers have read through these pages since first being published in 1934. This book is far easier to digest than his later books, likely because it was written as a complete book rather than a collection of opinions, observations and ideals that are compiled together in his later volumes. For those who are into yoga, meditation or spiritualism take the adventure with Brunton. You may find some valuable insights!
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5.0 out of 5 stars OH- MEN YOU POSSESS SOMETHING Feb. 26 2001
One of my GURU asked me to read this book. when I start to read I do not know someone keeps on telling me that do not stop reading.
After finished my reading Iam fully convinced that there is something in our GOD given life not only work/eat/sleep. you are the GOD and you can see GOD in others.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A CHALLENGE TO SCIENCE ? July 9 2000
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good book June 14 2000
Overall I found this to be a very good book, worth many rereads, mainly because the author has written about many fascinating personalities who lived in the early 20th century India. However, one of the minus points of this book is that Paul Brunton takes himself too seriously. I think the pride and arrogance of being a "genuine" spiritual seeker comes out too strongly in his narrative.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book. Feb. 16 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 Fascinating discription of India in 40s
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. Read more
Published on April 13 1999 by gamer
5.0 out of 5 stars A good book on mysticism in India
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. Read more
Published on Sept. 25 1998
1.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining but not believable
When I first read this book, I would have rated it three or four stars. I found it engrossing, fascinating, and uplifting. Read more
Published on July 12 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best spiritual "search" books ever written.
This is one of the most astonishing true spiritual search books ever written. Brunton encounters a variety of masters and wonder-workers, and finds, in "The Great Sage"... Read more
Published on July 1 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars Mans search for his true identity.
A book which seeks to understand the mystic India. The autors experiences indicate there is a deeper and richer world beyond our physical world. Read more
Published on April 30 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars Sincere account of a westerner about yogis & sages of India
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,... Read more
Published on March 1 1997
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