By Dr Paul Brunton

A mix of shuttle narrative & profound religious adventure. no dw, undated 1st ed c1939

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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. The futility of a merely physical view of thi ngs becomes more apparent when this question oflife's j ustice or i nj ustice is reflected on. We ignore the mental side of life as being of lesser importance when all the time, in N atllre's eyes, it is the causati<,t side. Nature certainly seems "red in tooth and claw", as the materi­ alists say.

They did good work for Lawrence and helped to influence many Arabs, but the Frenchman and another member of the party were detected and paid the penalty of their lives • • • • A H E R. M I T IN THE HIMA LAYAS Not that there is any real end to the turbulence of political clashes and the harassments of racial differences. We shall have a pacified world when we have pacified hearts-not before. The ancient sages who gave this sim pl e formula to mankind are nowa­ days denounced as impractical idealists.

Precisely the same vision of life is given to Jesus. In a world of dry fo rmalis ts and barren religionists, given over to the doctrine of an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, Jesus condenses and reaffirms this truth. < THE H I M A L A YAS the beings who dwell upon it. Not the laws which secretly govern for nothing has he disappeared into the mountains, where he sits in the paralysed immobility of meditation. And not long after his return he rebukes the vision4:ss Pharisees and heals the man with the withered hand ; he says, in impassioned and inspired words, to the multitude which has gathered around him : "Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despi te­ fully use vou .

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