FOREWORD By PRINCE MUSSOQREE SHUM SHERE JUNG BAHADUR RAN A of NEPAL It affords me muck pleasure to write these introductory words to this, the latest1 of my friend Paul Bruntotfs books. The scene is set amid the long and famous range of mountains which separates India from Central Asia. The ridges and peaks which the author describes, as he saw them in Tehri State, are but a continuation of my own beloved Nepalese Himalayas. Born as I was in these mountains, I have a strong affection for the Himalayas, and the moments spent reading about them- in Brunton's original and attractive prose have been happy ones. Only those who have been reared among the forest-clothed ranges and snow-clad heights of Himalaya will know that he has not over-praised them but done them simple justice. They must remain the most stupendous sight in all Asia, nay in all the world. Prior to leaving the mountains the author visited me for a few days and during his stay showed me the manuscript of "A Hermit in the Himalayas". It was then only that I discovered therein a few pages devoted to my own sudden visit to his retreat, when I crossed the ridges on horseback through friendship for one whom I regard as a spiritual prophet of our time. Had 1 known that his retentive memory was making silent and secret notes of all that I said, I might have been a little more careful in my utterances! For I did not know that he was keeping a journal in which he recorded some of the thoughts, events and conversations at odd intervals. Fortunately lean trust his discretion not to publish matters which are not the public's concern. Tins new book, being but a journal, is to me more interesting than a studiously composed work, for it necessarily bears an air of intimacy and frank- ness which can usually be found in diaries and journals alone. It admits one into the most secret thoughts of the gifted writer. He told me that when he looked through the pages before showing them to me he found them to be 1 This was written in 1936.