A Hermit in the Himalayas.
London, Leonard & Co. no year [c.1935]. 14 cm x 22 cm. Frontispiece, 322 pages. Hardcover [publisher’s original orange cloth] with lettering on spine. Very good+ condition with only minor signs of external wear. Interior very bright and clean.
“This Journal of a Lonely Exile is offered, with deep gratitude and affection to the few Friends – scattered in different lands who remain one in Loyalty.”
Includes, for example, the following: The Philosophy of Friendship / Projected Expedition to Mount Kailas in Tibet / A Meditation on British Rule in India and on Political Strife / Necessity of Spiritualizing Politics / Pilgrims and Shrines in the Himalayas / The Virtues of Idleness and Solitude / On Philosophy and Fun / The Necessity of Modernising Yoga / The Inadvisability of Asceticism / Some Truths about Sex and Yoga / A Visit of a Nepalese Prince / Buddhism in Nepal / Krishna and Buddha Compared / The Delights of Tea Drinking etc.
Paul Brunton was the pen name of Raphael Hurst (1898 – 1981), a British author of spiritual books. He is best known as one of the early popularizers of Neo-Hindu spiritualism in Western esotericism, notably via his bestselling ‘A Search in Secret India,’ (1934) which has been translated into over 20 languages (Wikipedia).
Brunton combined travelogues with explorations of spiritual traditions and mystical philosophies, bringing Eastern thought to the West. ‘A Hermit In The Himalayas is a fascinating blend of travel writing and profound spiritual experience.’