Paul Brunton, born Hermann Hirsch, wrote under various pseudonyms including Brunton Paul, Raphael Meriden and Raphael Delmonte

Brunton, born Hermann Hirsch, wrote under various pseudonyms including Brunton Paul, Raphael Meriden and Raphael Delmonte

British Philosopher, Mystic, Journalist, Traveler and Guru

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The function of art is different from mysticism, but both converge in the same ultimate direction. Both are expressions of the human search for something higher than the ordinary.

The intuition comes from and leads to, the Overself.

The One Mind is experiencing itself in us, less in the ego-shadow and fully in the Overself, hardly aware in that shadow and self-realized in the light that casts it.

The real bar to the entry of grace is simply the preoccupation of his thoughts with himself. For then the Overself must leave him to his cares.

The World-Idea is self-existent. It is unfolded in time and by time; it is the basis of the universe and reflected in the human being. It is the fundamental pattern of both and provides the fundamental meaning of human life.

These three cosmic forces ? Attraction, Repulsion and Rest ? constitute the triune manifestation of the World-Idea. You will find them in every department of existence.

To complain that you get no answer, no result from going into the silence indicates two things; first, that you do not go far enough into it to reach the intuitive level; second, that you do not wait long enough for it to affect you.

We begin and end the study of philosophy by a consideration of the subject of ethics. Without a certain ethical discipline to start with, the mind will distort truth to suit its own fancies. Without a mastery of the whole course of philosophy to its very end the problem of the significance of good and evil cannot be solved.

What we are is what we are conscious of. The mind makes its own reality. Consciousness is king.

While the mind remains so fixed in its own personal affairs, be they little or large, it has no chance to open up its higher levels. When attention and emotion are kept so confined, the chance they offer of this higher use is missed. The peace, truth, and goodness which could be had are untouched.

The fundamental test and final measure of anyone?s spirituality is provided by his character. And his character is tested and measured by his actions.

The intuitive faculty can be deliberately cultivated and consciously trained.

The Oriental use of the term ?wisdom? not only includes our Occidental notion of Solomonic judgement in dealing with a situation, but ranges far enough to include the capacity to understand the universe as it really is in depth, and not merely in terms of sensory experience.

The reason why this silent, inward, and pictureless initiation in the stillness is so much more powerful ultimately, is that it reaches the man himself, whereas all other kinds reach only his instruments or vehicles or bodies.

The World-Mind is a radiation of the forever incomprehensible Mind. It is the essence of all things and all beings, from the smallest to the largest.

This grand section of the quest deals with the right conduct of life. It seeks both the moral re-education of the individual?s character for his own benefit and the altruistic transformation of it for society?s sake.

To gain such an inspiration in all its untarnished purity, his egoism must be totally lost and absorbed in the experience.

We cannot see the Truth and still be what we were before we saw it. That is why Truth comes in glimpses, for we cannot sustain staying away from ourselves too long, that is to say, from our egos.

What we were in the past is not important. What we are now is important. What we intend to make of ourselves in the future is vitally important.

Within his heart, he may call or keep nothing as his own, not even his spirituality. If he really does not want to cling to the ego, he must cling to nothing else. He is to have no sense of inner greatness, no distinct feeling of having attained some degree of holiness.

The gap between the finite human mind and the infinite World-Mind is absolute. A union between them is not possible unless the first merges and disappears into the second.

The Law of Karma makes each man responsible for his own life. The materialist who denies karma and places all the blame and burden upon the shoulders of environment and heredity denies responsibility. He begins and ends with an illusion.

The Overself is the point where the One MInd is received into consciousness. It is the ?I? freed from narrowness, thoughts, flesh, passion and emotion?that is, from the personal ego.

The relativity theory brings space and time together as having no existence independent of each other. Mentalism explains why this is so. They are both inherent in one and the same thing?imagination; they are two ways in which the creative aspect of mind functions simultaneously.

The writer or artist or musician who is to stir up the intuitions in your life must be the human receptacle of divine inspiration.

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British Philosopher, Mystic, Journalist, Traveler and Guru