By Dr Paul Brunton
A mix of trip narrative & profound religious adventure. no dw, undated 1st ed c1939
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He receives the latter joyfully and exclaims: "Now I know why I had to come and see you. Those are the exact answers which ha\'e been eluding me ," I tel l him that the credit does not belong to me, but to my Master, for it is to him that I am indebted for this particular bit of kn owl edg e . We rest awhile on the peak- top . The place is festooned with ferns, which enlace themselves around the fir trees. On our return jouml"Y, under a sky patched with faded rose and with the snows glowing in the sunset like metal in a furnace, I come across a few wild jasmines with delighted surprise.
Lichen coats their barks. The ground is thick with fallen brown fir-needles. The creep i ng plants which entwine themselves around a few of these trunks in front of my door show snow-white blossoIns of faintly scented little flowers which brighten the shadowed scene. They spangle the dark foliage like a firmament of shining stars. Among these silent tree-shadows I may find, doubtless, what the towns cannot give-peace, depth and healing. But the gradient is set at aD exceedingly steep angle and one can scarcely descend into it without clinging with both arxns to each trunk as ant: -passes.
In short, it is a matter of doing nothing in order to allow some thing to be done to me. We humans have become so self-important and so self-conceited in our own eyes that it does not occur to us that the Great Mother who bears us so patiently upon her earthy breast, feeds us with such abundant variety of foodstuffs. and takes us back again when we are sufficiently tired, has a purpose of her own which she wishes to achieve in us if we will but let her. We have set up our schemes and projects.