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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Rider; New ed of "Search in Secret India" edition (6 Mar. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781844130436
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844130436
  • ASIN: 1844130436
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.4 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 446,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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One of the great classic spiritual quest books. Anyone who has looked to India for spiritual enlightenment will find it in A Search in Secret India

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By K. S. B. Sairam on 21 Dec. 2000
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This is an amazing book on the experience of a western journalist who traveled in India in search of a spiritual yogi and the yoga. I would recommend this book to any westerner, who would want to explore India from a spiritual point of view. This may also be read by the modern Indian, who may not have the opportunity to experience what the author has. The author travels from Bombay (Mumbai) to Madras (Chennai) to Cuttack to Calcutta, to Benaras and back to Bombay, completes a full circle of travelling in India. He simply takes us into the times and the walks of life at the time he traveled and expressed his inner feelings very generously. On many occasions he has been very respectful to many views/experiences, which can not be taken granted for someone who can be accept anything with out proof. I admire his patience while I ignore his arrogance at times, both are honestly written. During his travel he meets various gurus, yogis, astrologers some great and others not. To note a few of them, "An Egyptian in Bombay", "a Dravidian in Madras", "Saint Sankaracharya of Kanchi Mutt", "The great yogi Sri Ramana Maharishi", "Swami Vishoodhanadha", "Master Mahasya", "An astrologer from Varanasi", "A saint from Dayalbagh", "Ramaiah from Andhra Pradhesh". The author expresses himself well and this makes you feel at times that you are very close to him. The author also acts as a good filter in not accepting magical tricks and other acts of some of the yogis. He was not convinced with any of the gurus he had meet this period, until he meets a yogi who sends him back to Bombay. While in Bombay he experiences a moment wherein he decides to get back to down south to meet the great sage Sri Ramana Maharishi.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dinyar N. Jalnawalla on 26 Sept. 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Jan. 1999
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If you would like to read about another reality, than this book is for you. It is full of wisdom, insight and hope. I highly recomend this book to anyone who is interested in understanding the nature of the self and the ways of the soul. Enjoy this book. OM.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Marik on 15 Dec. 2010
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The last chapter called 'Tablets of forgotten truth' is the crowning glory of this tale of exploration, standing out like a beacon of light in an otherwise pedestrian narrative.

If you just read that you will probably get the full import.

'Men make formal and pretentious enquiry into the mystery and meaning of life, when all the while each bird perched upon a green bough, each child holding its fond mother's hand, has solved the riddle and carries the answer it its face. That life which brought you to birth, O Man ! is nobler and greater than your farthest thought; believe in its beneficent intention towards you and obey its subtle injunctions whispered to your heart in half-felt intuitions'.

In case you are ever 'searching' for a guru, this book will offer a thoroughly refreshing perspective that goes beyond words.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 July 1998
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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" the answer to his quest. This book is a genuine classic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 April 1998
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A book which seeks to understand the mystic India. The autors experiences indicate there is a deeper and richer world beyond our physical world. To the ignorant it is frightening and daunting. But it is a world full of love,peace and tranquillity. The book throws insight into mysteries of the East and whets the readers appetite to find and seek the deeper meaning behind life and living.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Y. C. Austen on 4 Oct. 2009
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In the 1930's the journalist Paul Brunton is travelling around India in search of the real 'yogis'. What he finds is perhaps some of the last real wise men of India. The events and conversations with them are enlightening as to what really constitutes yoga philosophy and what is important in our daily practice.
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