Magic and Mystery in Tibet by Alexandra David-Neel

By Alexandra David-Neel

Seeker, adventurer, pilgrim, and pupil, David-Neel (1868–1969) was once the 1st eu lady to discover the once-forbidden urban of Lhasa. This memoir bargains an goal account of the supernatural occasions she witnessed in the course of the Nineteen Twenties one of the mystics and hermits of Tibet — together with levitation, telepathy, and the facility to stroll on water. comprises 32 photos.

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The ordinary man who has died while in a faint, does not immediately understand what has happened when he becomes conscious again. For several days he will " talk " to people living in his former dwellingplace and he will be astonished that no one answers him or seems to be aware of his presence. Ie intermediary of pawos (mediums) the fact that they ~had tried to use objects belonging to them. They wanted to take a plough to work their fields or MAGIC AND MYSTERY IN TIBET to reach their clothes which were hanging on a hook and put them on.

The man prostrated himself at his guru's 1 feet and left. A few days later the hermit, all alone in his hut, passed away. Although Dawasandup greatly admired the conduct of the holy lama, such moral summits were not for him. He humbly confessed it. Guru, in Sanskrit, the spiritual father and guide. This word is used by Tibetan mystics, especially in book language. 1 TIBET AND THE LAMAS 17 Drink, a failing frequent among his countrymen, had been the curse of his life. This increased his natural tendency to anger and led him, one day, within an ace of murder.

A flow of hurried words are uttered, telling the various incidents of his adventure. He is even more difficult to understand than the pawo. The cleverest listeners find it hard to make out the sense of his words. The Bon has accomplished his task; now he has seized the "spirit" and prepares to take him away. The demon has received the ransom demanded, but he usually breaks faith and tries to hold on to his slave. The sorcerer fights him, one can see him struggling and panting, one can hear his screams.

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