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Date Posted: 14:49
Author: ketch - 23 May 2001
Subject: Re: Perils of Kriya practice without proper guidance
In reply to: Hendrik - 22 May 2001 's message, "Re: Perils of Kriya practice without proper guidance" on 14:48

Yes, I've heard similar things about Brunton. But "Secret India" is a very readable book, and "Secret Egypt" is also very interesting. Very few people here would not enjoy Bruntons descriptions of snake charming and genie rituals in "Secret Egypt". Some of his other works are not so good IMO. I found "A Hermit in the Himalayas" to be quite boring, with it's ramblings about the pleasures of tea drinking, and Charlie Chaplin films etc.

There is another interesting point here, which is the way that Brunton seems to have made good progress while he had the Maharishi's guidance, but to have faltered when he went his own way. I think in part this tells us about the importance of loyalty to the guru (when the right one has been found). But perhaps more importantly it tells us how difficult it is to practice a system such as self-enquiry, no matter how simple that system may appear. It is very difficult to use this system in meditation for extended periods. One of the great advantages of Kriya Yoga over self-enquiry is that Kriya gives the yogi something to do in meditation. When there is a definite set of techniques to follow it is much easier to sit still for long periods without simply becoming bored and giving up.

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