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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I hear her speak her acidulous words as plainly as though she were physically present, yet I am aware she IS in a different continent. Knowing what I know and keeping my secrets well. I ·generally refuse to dally words with misunderstanding in whatever garb it 56 1 A HERMIT IN TH E H I MA L A Y A S appears, and pass i t b y with silent indifference. But today I smile fo nrivingly at her lack of comprehension, and wish her welL I gaze into her eyes and bid her bitter soul find truth, and with it, sweetness and light.
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 . • • . Judge not, and ye shall not be j u dged : condemn not, and 'ye shaH not be condemned : forgive, and ye shall be for· given.
Let me, then, compose my thoughts and silently repeat the Buddhist formula for world well-being , whose spirit if not whose words is : "To the four quarters of the world, I send compassion. To the north, south, east and west, above and below, I send compassion. " My mind softly dwells upon this gentle theme ; the emotion of pity passes through me ; and when the final benedictory word is pronounced, I feel no less blessed myself. The face of one of my bitterest critics rises suddenly before me. I hear her speak her acidulous words as plainly as though she were physically present, yet I am aware she IS in a different continent.
A Hermit in the Himalayas: The Journal of a Lonely Exile by Dr Paul Brunton