By Dr Paul Brunton
A mix of go back and forth narrative & profound religious event. no dw, undated 1st ed c1939
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It suits me well because I have the freedom to study and medi tate a freedom which I could never get in the old days when I was em loyed in a Government post, even though that was well paid," he p replies. " "It would be if I had to beg for my food; that is a degradation I could not at all pass through. But I am fortunate enough to get all the food and shelter I need from the teachers with whom I stay. " "Is it true, as so many people assert, that most of the wa ndering ascetics and holy men are good-for-nothing tramps?
But a doctrine which declares that every aC'tion must bear its fruit, and that personal embodied life must continue again until the conseq uence is worked out, is quite reasonable. 3 A HE RMIT IN THE HIMALAYAS world. It certainly i s more consoling than the idea that life is but a lottery where prizes are few and pitfalls are many. There is a tide of events which flows resistlessly above our personal wills. The higher laws p ut thernselves into execution ; we need not worry. What is unreasonable is the lamentable and listless hopelessness into which the Indian peop le often fall, a ided and abetted by the relaxing enervating effect of tropical climate.
A HERMIT IN THE H I M A LAYAS by the mere sound, whether it is human or animal, but I remain perfectly still . Soon a pheasant advances into my lin e of vision. 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.