A Search in Secret India Paperback – Mar 1 2003
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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 published13 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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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.
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.
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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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. Read morePublished on Feb. 26 2001 by pvsureshbabu
THE BOOK MAKES US THINK WHO ARE WE AND REALLY PRESENTS SOME UNBELIVABLE EXPERIENCE OF THE AUTHOER.Published on July 8 2000 by NAYAN K BANKER
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... Read morePublished on June 14 2000 by V. Srinivasa Raghavan
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 morePublished on June 30 1998