A land of ancient magic, mysteries and initiations
The principal fascination of this book revolves around Dr Brunton's preoccupation with the mysteries of the pyramids themselves. While spending a night of solitude, silence and darkness inside one of the pyramids - a feat requiring considerable nerve - the author claims to have come into contact with many strange forces. He proceeds to support the theory that the pyramids and the Sphinx were created by emigrant colonists from Atlantis who had command of the elemental spirits and so were capable of working many miracles.
Another compelling section of the book records Dr Brunton's association with Tahra Bey, Egypt's most famed fakir, who, in the presence of a critical company of medical men, entered into a self-induced trance. In this condition he endured an amazing series of physical tortures, and at the end of this performance agreed to be buried alive for an hour and a half. He emerged from these ordeals with no apparent harm.
The spiritual mysteries and magic of the Orient are timeless and Dr Brunton's profound experience and insight into these matters have produced a unique book.
Paul Brunton (1898-1981) is widely recognized as one of the 20th century's most eloquent and reliable writers on the timeliness and sources of timeless wisdom. His many books and personal example continue to inspire many current teachers and writers in the fields of spiritual development and personal growth. Born in London in 1898, he traveled widely for most of his life and published 11 books between 1934 and 1952. Another 19 books have been published since 1984 from the voluminous notebooks he reserved for posthumous publication.
one of his best books, loved all of them, this one inspired me to go to egypt.. so I went 5 times his other book in search of arunachala inspired me to go to india and I did two times.
this is an excellent read -Amazon.co.uk Reader Review by jeanie tee, sunny lancashire.
Guidebook for my travel to the Pyramids
LC Berardino July 30, 2010
This book made me want to travel to Egypt! And, I actually DID go to see the Sphinx and the pyramids --- truly the trip of a lifetime! This book (and the corresponding DVD lecture series) was my guide to understanding Egyptian gods and the meaning of the Sphinx and pyramids.
Now back home from the trip, I love this book even more --- really able to appreciate the author's own pictures and the maps and the descriptions of how Egypt feels. This author, Paul Brunton, presents the Pyramid as an initiation temple and the Sphinx as the guardian of that temple. I gave this book to my nephew and to my dentist --- the book is beautiful, wonderfully presented, and makes a very nice gift for many people.
PS. At the Sphinx, I heard this idea: I have given you my blessing, now look for peace within your heart.
-Amazon Reader Review by LC Berardino
A stopover in Egypt
CCD May 25, 2001
In this book the author Dr. Paul Brunton, explains the 'trance' like state attained by various people in Egypt, while making references to India. He provides a glimpse of the mystic rites that used to take place in Ancient Egypt for people who had the desire and strength to become initiates in those times.
Those of you who have read Rudolph Steiner's book 'The Gospel of St. John' in the chapter 'The Raising of Lazarus' will be able to link the explanation provided there with the explanation of Jesus's message that these rites are no longer required to become one with God.
An excellent book........my quest continues.
-Amazon Reader Review by CCD
Kim Therrien November 04, 1999
I found that book absolutely interesting even if I did not give much credit to the spiritual experiences of the author. Although I think Paul Brunton has invented some of the content, I admire his talent of writer. He has a great imagination and his book gave me many hours of pure pleasure. The way he describes atmospheres is worth buying the book. -Amazon Reader Review by Kim Therrien, Canada
Very passionate, experiential and interesting
A Customer March 22, 1999
A very cool book, especially about his experiences spending a night alone in the great pyramid. Don't expect scholarly, scientific-type writing. This is a personal work, full of thoughts and observations of a culture rapidly being erased by the West. Very interesting, especially the story about the fakir/magician who can suspend his body for days, weeks, even years at a time. -Amazon.co.uk Reader Review by A Customer