British Philosopher, Mystic, Journalist, Traveler and Guru
Paul Brunton, born Hermann Hirsch, wrote under various pseudonyms including Brunton Paul, Raphael Meriden and Raphael Delmonte
British Philosopher, Mystic, Journalist, Traveler and Guru
The ego-self is the creature born out of man?s own doing and thinking, slowly changing and growing. The Overself is the image of God, perfect, finished and changeless. What he has to do if he is to fulfil himself, is to let the one shine through the other.
The immediate present is not the eternal NOW.
The Mind?s first expression is the Void. The second and succeeding is the Light; that is the World-Mind. This is followed by the third, the World-Idea. Finally comes the fourth; manifestation of the world itself.
The psychological causes of disease have only recently come under investigation by the strict methods of modern science, but the general fact of their existence was known thousands of years ago. Plato, for instance said, ?This is the great error of our day, that physicians separate the inner being from the body.?
The Void is not an absence, it is a fullness. Everything is there.
There is not one cell in the whole organism of man which does not reflect in miniature the patterns, the proportions, and the functions of the immense cosmos itself.
Though it seems entirely our own faculty, this thought-making power is derived from a hidden one, the Universal Mind, in which all other men?s minds lie embedded. What he does with this power is a man?s own concern, for better or worse, yielding him more knowledge or more
Unless he passes through the portals of this discipline, he cannot receive truth, but only its parodies, distortions, and imitations.
What is Mind? It is that in us which thinks, which is aware, and which knows.
When you begin to seek the Knower, who is within you, and to sever yourself from the seen, which is both without and within you, you begin to pass from illusion to reality.
The first and immediate consequence of perceiving philosophic truth is a mopral one. There is a strong appeal to the intellect and an equally strong appeal to the heart.. These two viewpoints are not opposed to each other.
The Infinite Power can never become exhausted. It is self-sustaining.
The mistake of the analyst is to treat rightly what ought to be taken seriously, to regard as a parental fixation or sex repression what is really the peep spiritual malady of our times ?? emptiness of soul.
The public demonstration of one?s religion in church or temple does not appeal to all temperaments. Some can find holiest feelings only in private. Those in the first group should not attempt to impose their will on the others. Those in the second group should not despise the followers of conventional communion. More understanding between the two may be hard to arrive at, but more tolerance would be a sign that the personal religious feeling is authentic.
The way to be admitted to the Overself?s presence can be summed up in a single phrase: love it. Not by breathing in very hard nor by blowing out very slow, not by standing on the head nor contorting like a frog can admission be gained. Not even by long study of things divine nor by acute analysis of them. But let the love come first, let it inspire the breathing, blowing, standing or contorting, let it draw to the study and drive to the thinking, and then these methods will become really fruitful.
There is some confusion on this point in the minds of many students. On attaining enlightenment a man does not attain omniscience. At most, he may receive a revelation of the inner operations of life and Nature, of the higher laws governing life and man. That is, he may also become a seer and find a cosmogony presented to his gaze. But the actuality in the majority of cases is that he attains enlightenment only, not cosmogonical seership.
Throw out negative thoughts as they would hinder the uplift of your mind. Replace them by frequent and positive remembrance of the Overself.
Until such time as each member of a community, nation, or society practices sufficient self-control to bring about his own inner peace it is illusory to expect outer peace in the world. This is why history is a record of conflict.
What is the final call of true art? Not to the work which expresses it but to the spirit which inspires it, the divine source of which it reminds us.
When you have trained yourself to empty your consciousness of its thoughts at will, your worries will naturally be emptied along with them. This is one of the valuable practical fruits of yoga.
The first step is to discover that there is a Presence, a Power, a Life, a Mind, Being, unique, not made or begot, without shape, unseen and unheard, everywhere and always the same. The second step is to its relationship to the universe and to oneself.
The inner movement is like no other which he has experienced for it must guide itself, must move forward searchingly into darkness without knowing where it will arrive. He must take some chances here, yet he need not be afraid. They will be reasonable and safe chances if he abides by the advice given in these pages.
The most valuable metaphysical fruit of the quantum theory is its finding that the processes of the universe which occur in time and space, emanate from what is fundamentally not in space and time.
The purpose of these pages is not to attack but to explain, to appeal, and to suggest. Their criticism is constructive and untouched by malice. It comes from a well-wisher and not from an opponent of religion: therefore it ought not to be resented.
The way to use a philosophic book is not to expect to understand all of it at the first trial, and consequently not to get disheartened when failure to understand is frequent. Using this cautionary approach, he should carefully note each phrase or paragraph that brings an intuitive response in his heart's deep feeling (not to be confused with an intellectual acquiescence in the head's logical working). As soon as, and every time, this happens, he should stop his reading, put the book momentarily aside, and surrender himself to the activating words alone. Let them work upon him in their own way. He is merely to be quiet and be receptive. For it is out of such a response that he may eventually find that a door opens to his inner being and a light shines where there was none before. When he passes through that doorway and steps into that light, the rest of the book will be easy to understand.