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 highest goal of the quest is not illumination by destruction of the ego, but rather perfection of the ego. It is the function of egoism which is not to be destroyed, not with that which functions. The ego?s rulership is to go, not the ego itself.

The love which he is to bring as sacrificial offering to the Overself must take precedence of all other loves. It must penetrate the heart?s core to a depth where the best of them fails to reach.

The practice of philosophy is an essential part of it and not only consists in applying its principles and its wisdom to everyday active living, but also in realizing the divine presence deep, deep within the heart where it abides in tremendous stillness.

The transcendental being is not an unconscious one. The absolute consciousness could not be other than self-conscious in its own impersonal way. Hence the fourth state is not the same as deep sleep.

There comes a time when you try to do what you can, but if it doesn?t succeed because of the other person?s mentality, you do what you can inwardly. If there comes a point when your effort to be helpful becomes destructive or toxic to you, no matter how close that person is to you, it is time to step aside and let them go. You?ve done all you can do.

Those who are unaware of the penalties they incur of the misuse of the power to think and the will to act are in urgent need of the teaching of karma.

Truth lies hidden in silence. Reveal it ? and falsehood will creep in, withering the golden image. Communication by speech or paper was not necessary.

We may begin by asking what this philosophy offers us. It offers those who pursue it to the end a deep understanding of the world and a satisfying explanation of human experience. It offers them the power to penetrate appearances and to discover the genuinely real from the mere appearance of reality; it offers satisfaction of that desire which everyone, everywhere, holds somewhere in his heart?the desire to be free.

When he temporarily achieves this lofty condition, he ceases to think, for his mind becomes inarticulate with heavenly peace.

The humility needed must be immensely deeper than what ordinarily passes for it. He must begin with the axiom that the ego is ceaselessly deceiving him, misleading him, ruling him. He must be prepared to find its sway just as powerful amid his spiritual interests as his worldly ones. He must realize that he has been going from illusion to illusion even when he seemed to progress.

The lower nature is incurably hostile to the higher one. It prefers its fleeting joys with their attendant miseries, its ugly sins with their painful consequences, because this spells life to it.

The practice of the impersonal point of view under the guidance of mentalism leads in time to the discovery that the ego is an image formed in the mind, mind-made, an image with which we have got inextricably intertwined. But this practice begins to untie us and set us free.

The truth needed for immediate and provisional use may be learned from books and teachers but the truth of the ultimate revelation can be learned only from and within oneself by meditation.

There is a real need to balance our extreme tendency to activism with something of quietism, to offset our excessive doing with deeper being.

Those who believe if you are sick it is a moral error because you were born perfect overlook reincarnation which changes what you can do by your own willpower. Mary Baker Eddy correctly saw that the world was consciousness or thought and thought that since God wants us to be good, it is our wrong thinking that causes illness.

Truth will not insult intelligence, although it soars beyond intellect. Let the religionists talk nonsense, as they do at times, but holiness is not incompatible with the use of brains, the acquisition of knowledge, and the rational faculties.

We must withdraw everything and thought from the mind except this single thought of trying to achieve the absence of what is not the Absolute. This is called Gnana Yoga: "Neti, Neti" (It is not this), as Sankara called it. And he must go on with this negative elimination until he reaches the stage where a great Void envelops him. If he can succeed in holding resolutely to this Void in sustained concentration -- and he will discover it is one of the hardest things in the world to do so -- he will abruptly find that it is not a mere mental abstraction but something real, not a dream but the most concrete thing in his experience. Then and then only can he declare positively, "It is This." For he has found the Overself.

When his last thought at night and first thought in the morning refers to the Overself, he may appraise his progress as excellent.

The idea of man which exists in and is eternally known by the World-Mind is a master idea.

The mind deals directly with its objects and not through the intermediary working of ideas for the ideas are its only objects.

The present day needs not only a synthesis of Oriental and Occidental ideas, but also a new creative universal outlook that will transcend both. A world civilization will one day come into being through inward propulsion and outward compulsion. And it will be integral; it wei;; engage all sides of human development, not merely one side as hitherto.

The truth of paradox is possibly is possibly too deep for most persons to accept; apparently it is too self-contradictory. This is why the balanced mind is needed to understand that the contradiction is joined with complementary roles.

There is a silence born of ignorance and another born of knowledge?mystical knowledge. The right interpretation comes only through the intuitive faculty ? not through the intellect.

Those who decline to search for ultimate truth because they believe it to be unattainable, betray it.

Union with the Overself is not the ultimate end but a penultimate one. What we look up to as the Overself looks up in its own turn to another and higher entity.

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British Philosopher, Mystic, Journalist, Traveler and Guru