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The Boys and the Brothers

The Boys and the Brothers

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The Boy and the Brothersby Swami Omananda
CONTENTSIntroduction2PART ONE: A GREAT AWAKENINGIBackgrounds4IIA Slum Encounter13IIIPickleand the Floating Knights25IVThe Flower Opens-I33VThe Flower Opens-II54PART TWO: WANDERINGSVISailing Orders74VIIIn Kashmir93PART THREE: SURVEYING THE FIELDVIIITelepathy? Hypnotism?112IXTrances122XStorms and Devils148XIWhat are Brothers?164XIIAppearances-I187XIIIAppearances-II200PART FOUR: “THERE ARE NO BEGINNINGS AND NO ENDINGS”XIVSunshine and Shadow212XVDeep Waters228XVIDeath of the Boy240Envoi265Endnotes2671
INTRODUCTIONRobert H. Thouless, Sc.D.Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge
The writer of this book is an unusual woman who has lived through a remarkableseries of events. It is clear that the events themselves are remarkable whatever maybe the explanation of them. ‘The Boy’ was a young working man of little educationwho, in a trance state, gave teachings which seemed to imply knowledge that hecould not have acquired in any normal manner. These teachings were accepted asauthoritative by many highly educated and scholarly persons who heard them.These teachings would, in any case, be of great interest. They become moreinteresting, however, if we allow ourselves to entertain the idea that, in his trances,the boy was acting as the mouthpiece of personal agencies not belonging to ourphysical world-the Brothers. This is the author’s own view of the matter.This is not a view to be readily accepted by those who accept the stand-point of modern scientific psychology. They are more inclined to regard such ostensiblepossession by discarnate entities as due to the activity of dissociated elements of theagent’s own personality, perhaps interacting the group within which the phenomenaoccur.Yet there are reasons now for not feeling too confident that the latter naturalistictype of explanation must be the right one. There is a considerable body of observations within the field of Psychical Research that should make the modernscientific enquirer less ready than would the generation of his fathers to reject aswholly absurd the idea of non-physical personal agencies. He may still, of course,reasonably feel that it is an unlikely explanation in a particular case.A few years ago, the Duke Parapsychological Laboratory (now the
Foundation for Research into the Nature of Man)
coined the useful term ‘I.P.A. hypothesis’. Thisstood for the general principle of explanation of certain phenomena by IncorporealPersonal Agencies. Acceptance of this term does not imply that this type of explanation is to be regarded as a likely one in any particular case; it does imply a
readiness to consider this as one of the possible lines of explanation. If the possibilityof the I.P.A. type of explanation is not ruled out, it must be admitted that there ismuch in the events described in this book that
be most easily explained in thisway. In particular, the normal psychological explanation becomes difficult if weaccept the fact that many of the communications indicate a degree of knowledge of the Indian scriptures which the Boy could certainly not have had. This impressionmay be gathered from the present book but it is more strongly indicated in the furtherrecords of the teachings, which the Swami has allowed me to read and which ispublished under the title:
Towards the
Every reader of this book must decide for himself what kind of explanation of theevents recorded in it seems to him to be the right one. Whatever decision he maymake on this question, he will enjoy the spiritual adventure of reading a narrative of both religious and scientific interest that is told with skill and with loving enthusiasm.27th Feb. 19672 Leys Road, CambridgeR. H. THOULESS

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