Biography[ edit ] Hurst was born in London in He served in a tank division during the First World War , and later devoted himself to mysticism and came into contact with Theosophists. After his wife had an affair with his friend Leonard Gill, the marriage ended in divorce in , but Hurst remained on friendly terms with his ex-wife and with Gill. He was a bookseller and journalist, and wrote under various pseudonyms, including Raphael Meriden and Raphael Delmonte.
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Shelves: spiritual-memoir , memoir , spiritual For anyone seeking a spiritual teacher, or even anyone having found the right one, this story is incredibly moving.
His descriptions of the journey alone would make a beautiful travel journal. But his descriptions of inner For anyone seeking a spiritual teacher, or even anyone having found the right one, this story is incredibly moving.
But his descriptions of inner experiences are breath-taking, especially those in the company of the great Ramana Maharshi. Paul Brunton Ph. Being a British intellectual with a scientific and philosophical education, he approached Yogis with skepticism and an open mind quite unusual for the scientific minded.
He describes in detail the Yogis dedicated to spiritual growth and gives brief reviews of those focused on magic and egotism. He spends the last quarter Here is a very readable tour of India during the early s.
He spends the last quarter of the book describing his time with Ramana Maharishee at his small ashram in Tamil India. He was changed forever by the months spent with the Maharishee. During the period of his travel, Gandhi was gaining a huge following but Brunton avoided asides on the political movements except when revolutionary fervor produced violence in his vicinity. Altogether, this is a well written and honest account of travel in India.
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