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By Dr Paul Brunton

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

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The spiritual emptiness of ou r epoch and the poverty of our inner resources express them­ selves clearly enough In the chaos, the distress we see everywhere around us, and the dolorous servitude which we give to unworthy ideals and unworthy men. The world's development of egotism and intellect has given it a fictitious sense of practical wisdom. But the sages who spoke to former times spoke out of a knowledge of humanity's history pro­ founder and more accurate than any which our book-delving historians can ever hope to have.

Moreover, I could see from the man's eyes that he was strongly under the influence of recently-taken hashish. Bandhu Sharma expresses his disgust in a melancholy voice. "My travels and pilgrimages will be over within another year," he informs me, "and then I shall throw off the society of such wastrels for ever, I hope. I shall then settle down somewhere and live in utmost simplicity on a tiny income I hope to secure from friends. 52 A HERMIT IN THE HIMAr,AYAS simply the wandering friars ofmedia::val Europe.

You expect us to suffer for the sins of others? " Why not ? The whol e question hinges on who we are. If we a re nothing more tharl physical bodies, then the objection is perfectly fair. If we are merely flies fluttering across this planet for our brief day and gone, then the West is right. If, however, we are souls revisiting this world again and again, then the request to settle up in one earth-life the sins we have committeed in another possesses a certain rough j ustice about it. Then, the destiny which puts its imprint on our lives becomes no blind arbitrary force.

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