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Arthur Osbourne - The Few

Identifier

013229

Type of spiritual experience

Background

Arthur Osborne (1906–1970) was an English writer on spirituality and mysticism, and an influential disciple and biographer of Ramana Maharshi. His book, Ramana Maharshi and The Path of Self Knowledge, was first published in 1954.  From 1964, Osborne served as the founding editor of Mountain Path, a journal published by Ramanasramam, the ashram founded by the devotees of Ramana Maharshi.

A description of the experience

Arthur Osborne – from The Few

No argument can pierce the shuttered mind
Let truth shine forth resplendent as the sun,
Still, crouched in their dark corner, will they find
Some guttering candle till life's day be done
Even though we sang like angels in their ear
They would not hear

Those only in whose heart some inkling dwells
Grown over though it be, crushed down, denied
Will greet the pealing of the golden bells
And welcome truth when all around deride
Yet sight has laid a debt upon their will
Not all fulfil

For even of those who see, only a few
Will have the intrepid wisdom to arise
And barter time's false values for the true
Making their life a valiant enterprise
To vindicate their heritage long lost
Nor count the cost

The source of the experience

Mysteries, the

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