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Stephen R. Covey

‘The Saint of Sussex’ – H.T. Hamblin

August 10th, 2016
Henry Hamblin, 'The Saint of Sussex' and author of 'The Practical Mystic'

Henry Hamblin, ‘The Saint of Sussex’ and author of ‘The Way of the Practical Mystic’

I guess we all need heroines and heroes to act as role models for us. When I was growing up, it wasn’t pop stars or actors for me – it was the Buddha and Chinese sages, and later Carl Jung. I’ve been interested in such figures ever since, and even after more than half a century of reading in this field (Good heavens – that long!), I am still delighted and excited when I discover a new one.

Yesterday I was invited to speak at Bosham House, a retreat centre in Sussex founded by a spiritual teacher I’d never heard of –  Henry Hamblin – the ‘Saint of Sussex.’ It looks beautiful – it’s near Chichester in West Sussex and has three retreat lodges where you can take a break for spiritual refreshment. The lodges have their own website here.

Hamblin seems a wonderful character. He wrote a series of lessons on spiritual development, and then when he received further illumination, dug a hole in the garden and burnt them all. He then wrote a new improved version, ‘The Way of the Practical Mystic’, which you can buy from the Hamblin Trust’s bookshop here.

To give you a sense of what Hamblin was like, here’s a film of Swami Ramdas and Mother Krishnabai from the Anandashram in Kerala, meeting Henry Hamblin during Swami Ramdas’ world tour in 1954. The commentary is given by Swami Satchidananda.

2 Responses to “‘The Saint of Sussex’ – H.T. Hamblin”

  1. WWWow…Bosham was where Harold had a blessing before heading off to Hastings…the wants of us folk take second place to the needs of da powwwah….

  2. Very interesting! I attend a yoga studio that is run by an Integral Yoga Institute instructor. The Integral Yoga Institute was created by Swami Satchidananda. The synchronicity just keeps piling up!

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