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Paul Brunton’s “A Search In Secret India” May 5, 2009

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Paul Brunton was a British who arrived in India in search of Yogis which he had heard to posses some mystical powers. He was more interested in finding Yogis who could break the laws of science. From the Holy Beacon of Arunachala to the hotels of Bombay. From the Sage who never Speaks to Shankaracharya he met them all and conversed with them all eventually finding something totally different than he had expected. His discoveries are well documented in his book “A search in secret India” written in 1930+.

Bruton at every opportunity he gets rediculous Indian people’s trait to get emotiona for every reason and beyond limits. Thus for every deciple his seer is the greatest who can do anything and eveyrthing. His contempt for brown skin is visible everywhere. Also he thansk every now and than his education system that helped him to think with logic. I must say that while he holds contempt for brown skin and is blunt at most times. He doesnt seem to be prejudiced and is much open to question his own thinking.

This book takes us into the world of Seers and Yogis not known to us otherwise. It tells us about many things which we would find unbelievable today.

Roles of these Yogis in Indian society has always been very significant. We today say and hear about Baba Ramdev, a person devoted to the spread of Yoga and community service. While he himself is poor, wears nothing but a orange Robe, he yields massive influence on common people. These are one kid of seers and there are others.

Buddhist Monks who fled India to reach tibet carried away with them the ancient knowledge of Universities in Nalanda, Takshashila which otherwise would have got destroyed by Islamic invaders. During the China wars the same monks and sadhus hid compasses in their robes and puja equipments and helped india to create Maps of that complicated terrain.

Austerity, aloofness of these people have often been a mystery to modern society, which also views them as lunatics. Most of them are indeed lunatics. But the real Yogis I would say are difficult to find. They are not seen in the public any more.

What provokes people to give up all pleasures of life ? Does a life of this nature has any meaning and goal? It is certain that that life is not for all, but then what makes those very few people different from other?

Hinduism Primer May 4, 2009

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A debate continues within the Hinduism itself of the character of the religion. Hinduism is not simply a living thing, it is also a lively thing, a wide variety of beliefs and practices co-exist within it. After almost 40 centuries Hinduism is still in the making. No single version of it has completely dictated Hindu doctrine and values. Perhaps most remarkable of all, is the continuous religious tradition has survived and adapted over this long period. It is one of the oldest religion in the world. Despite the stresses and strains it has endured , nearly one billion individuals , in one way or another identify themsevels as Hindus.

This is how the five part documentary on Hinduism concludes. 50 minutes is hardly a time to explain anything in much depth but I must say that its a very good job done. The background music just takes you deep into trans. Unlike very few commentators on Hinduism, this documentary has brilliantly captured Gandhi’s influence on Hinduism and vice versa. A must watch for all students of comparative religion who want to begin exploring Hinduism.