A Search in Secret Egypt
Author: Paul Brunton
In this book, philosopher Paul Brunton (1898-1981) encounters the mysteries and magic of Egypt in the 1930s, including an eerie yet illuminating night spent alone inside the Great Pyramid. Alongside his explorations of ancient Egypt’s monuments and gods, Brunton encounters a variety of occultists, fakirs, and dervishes, and even manages to become initiated into the deadly art of snake charming. His frank interviews with Muslim leaders remain relevant today, and his description of the Hajj reflects the beauty and inspiring faith of Mohammad’s true followers. Brunton’s journey to discover the furthest reaches of what the mind and body are capable of–and to distinguish various forms of yoga and magic from true spirituality–lead him to the myth of Osiris and to the mystery that is the Sphinx itself. In the end, Brunton turns his attention to his own spiritual path, connecting all of his experiences into a single discovery: that we are more than the body and that the freedom of our spirit can be experienced here and now. This new edition has been updated to incorporate Brunton’s final revisions and includes an introduction by the Paul Brunton Philosophic Foundation.
“Paul Brunton was a great original and got to a place of personal evolution that illumines the pathways of a future humanity.” –Jean Houston, author of A Passion for the Possible and A Mythic Life
“Any serious man or woman in search of spiritual ideas will find a surprising challenge and an authentic source of inspiration and intellectual nourishment in the writings of Paul Brunton.”–Jacob Needleman, author of What is God?
About the Author
—Jean Houston, author of A Passion for the Possible and A Mythic Life
"Any serious man or woman in search of spiritual ideas will find a surprising challenge and an authentic source of inspiration and intellectual nourishment in the writings of Paul Brunton."
—Jacob Needleman, author of What Is God?
“ … an elaborate account of strange happenings and beliefs, A Search in Secret Egypt is an engrossing book.…”
“It must be recorded to the lasting credit of Paul Brunton that what he has suffered and achieved very few people would ever be willing to do.… One cannot really help admiring his zeal for daring enterprise, his totally unbiased and critical mind.”
—The Leader [Allahabad, India]
“Mr. Brunton's book does not make us wonder whether there are not more things in heaven and earth than are known to our philosophy; it makes us certain that there are.”
“For all his love of the untoward, Mr. Brunton clearly distinguishes between what is spiritual and what is magical or super-normal, and it is just this which makes his book not only a fascinating but a valuable guide to the hidden lore of ancient times.”
“ … his book remains fascinating as the account of a traveler far less prejudiced and much better instructed than the average. A Search in Secret Egypt contains many excellent pen-pictures of the Two Lands and their monuments, as well as numerous accounts of literally marvelous adventures in that 'temple of the whole world' we call Egypt.”
—The New York Times Book Review
“Believe it or not—this book will thrill you.”