By Dr Paul Brunton
A mix of commute narrative & profound non secular event. no dw, undated 1st ed c1939
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Enchantment creeps upon me. It is a fact that the broad mountains of this kingdom of Tehri are holy precincts. The Hindus believe that these Himalayan shrines, set in the colossus among mountain ranges, are even more sacro sanct than their holy cities of Benares, Purl a nd Nasik. Shiva and Krishna and all the other deities have moved here, and something of the spell which they exerted on former men lives on. Here then is my entrancing brown and emerald mountain sanctuary. And there, among the massed leaves, my waiting, topaz-coloured prayer-rug!
Its body is' azure blue ; its tail light brown. The bird takes a single glance at me and turns affrightedly, rushing down into the valley at tremendous speed. It makes a great clucking and screams with excitement. Callers, evidently, and especially human ones, are quite rare here ! Because this doctrine of re-embodiment comes generally linked up with the uncomfortable notion of fatalistic retribution, many Western people shy at it like a frightened horse. "What I" they exclaim, horrified. "You expect us to suffer for the sins of others?
I do not want to strive for further growth in spirituality. I feel as poor lung-racked Keats felt about his art when he said, "If poetry comes not naturally as leaves to a tree, it had better not come at all! ' Today the prelude to my meditation takes a trite theme-trite, that is to say, for the East, but perhaps unfamiliar to the majority of Western people. The doctrine of successive re-embodiments of the 40 A ul, which HERMIT IN THE HIMAL AYAS Pythagoras called metempsychosis and which the Buddhists and Hindus of Asia call reb irth , is as old as the oldes t pre historic p eo ple which ever existed.
A Hermit in the Himalayas: The Journal of a Lonely Exile by Dr Paul Brunton