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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There is something crazy in this idea that we were put into the world to separate ourselves from it!

To attach oneself to a guru, an avatar, one religion, one creed, is to see the stars only. To put one?s faith in the Infinite Being and in its presence within the heart is to see the vast empty sky itself. The stars will come and go, will disintegrate and vanish, but the sky remains.

We all think, experience, feel, and identify with the ?I.? But who really knows what it is? To do this we need to look inside the mind, not at what it contains, as psychologists do, but at what it is in itself. If we persevere, we may find the ?I? behind the ?I.?

What may be true on the ultimate level ? the non-existence of evil, the reality of the Good, the True, the Beautiful ? becomes false on the level of duality. Here the twofold powers, the opposites, do exist, do hold the world in their sway. To deny relative evil here is to confuse different planes of being.

Whereas we can reach the intellect only through thinking, we can reach the spirit only through intuition. The practice of meditation is simply the deepening, broadening and strengthening of intuition. A mystical experience is simply a prolonged intuition.

The first way of finding peace when harassed by a hard problem or situation is to turn away from the tumult of thoughts and look for the still center within.

The intellect?s finest function is to point the way to this actual living awareness of the Overself that is beyond itself. This it does on the upward path. But it has a further function to perform after that awareness has been successfully gained. That is to translate that experience into its own terms, and hence ordinarily comprehensible ones, both for its own and other people?s benefits.

The one infinite life-power which reveals itself in the cosmos and manifests itself through time and space, cannot be named. It is something that is. For a name would falsely separate it from other thigs when the truth is that it is those things, all things. Nor would we know what to call it, since we know nothing about its real nature.

The Quest of the Overself is none other than the final stage of mankind?s pursuit of happiness.

The world must be present in my mind or it is not present at all to me. Only as an idea does it truly exist for me.

These sinister figures seek, and often get, key positions in politics, organized groups, etc., and from there manipulate the mass and use them as blind unwitting tools.

To be the witness is the first stage; to be Witness of the witness is the next; but to BE is the final one. For consciousness let?s go of the witness in the end. Consciousness alone is itself the real experience.

We are but fragments of mind thrown into momentary consciousness.

What they seldom see is that spiritual illumination and psychical error can and do exist in the same mind at the same time.

Whether he enters birth in penurious squalor or in palatial grandeur, he will come to his own SPIRITUAL level again in the end. Environment is admittedly powerful to help or hinder, but the Spirit?s antecedents are still more powerful and finally INDEPENDENT OF IT.

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.

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British Philosopher, Mystic, Journalist, Traveler and Guru