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 goal of life is to be consciously united with Life.

The Long Path idea of reincarnation is illusory. The Short Path idea of it is that it is an undulatory wave, a ripple, a movement upward onward and downward. Since there is no ego in reality, there can be no rebirth of it. But we do have the appearance of a rebirth. Note that this applies to both the mind and body part of ego: they are like a bubble floating on a stream and then vanishing or like a knot which is untied and then vanishes too.

The Overself is with him here and now. It has never left him at any time. It sits everlastingly in the heart. It is indeed his innermost being, his truest self. Were it something different and apart from him, were it a thing to be gained and added to what he already is or has, he would stand the risk of losing it again. For whatever may be added to him may also be subtracted from. Therefore, the real task of this quest is less to seek anxiously to possess it than to become aware that it already and always possesses him.

The soul in man, the Overself, is linked with, or rooted in, the soul in the universe, the World-Mind

There are four goals which philosophy sets before the mind of man: (1) to know itself; (2) to know its Overself; (3) to know the Universe; (4) to know its relation to the Universe. The quest for these goals constitutes the quest.

This is the paradox that both the capacity to think deeply and the capacity to withdraw from thinking are needed to attain this goal.

To recognize that the order of the cosmos is superbly intelligent beyond human invention, mysterious beyond human understanding, and even divinely holy is not to lapse into being sentimental. It is to accept the transcendence and self-sufficiency of THAT WHICH IS.

We do not dream the waking world as we dream during sleep. For the latter is spun out of the individual mind alone, whereas the former is spun out of the cosmic mind and presented to the individual mind. However, ultimately, and on realization, both minds are found to be one and the same, just as a sun ray is found to be the same as the sun ultimately. The difference which exists is fleeting and really illusory but so long as there is bodily experience it is observable.

When a certain balance of forces is achieved, something happens that can only be called ?the birth of insight.?

Yes, there is odious evil in the world?much of it petty but some of it quite monstrous. it takes its genesis in the thoughts of men.

The greatest homage you can pay to Truth is to use it. Spiritual peace is given to those who wisely aspire, and who will work untiringly for the realization of their aspirations.

The Long Path is taught to beginners and others in the earlier and middle stages of the Quest. This is because they are ready for the idea of self-improvement and not for the higher one of the unreality of the self. So the latter is taught on the Short Path, where attention is turned away from the little self and from the idea of perfecting it, to the essence, the real being.

The Overself remains always the same and never changes in any way. It is the hunger for this quality, thought of as ?peace of mind,? which drives men to seek the Overself amid the vicissitudes of health or fortune which they experience.

The space in which the process of thinking takes place, is time. It could not exist without the dimension of time. If thought is ever transcended, time is transcended along with it. Such an achievement throws the mind into the pure present, the eternal now, ?the presence of God? of all mystics.

There are men of enlightenment who cannot throw down a bridge from where they are to where they once were, so that others too can cross over. They do not know or cannot describe in detail the way which others must follow to reach the goal. Such men are not the teaching masters, and should not be mistaken for them...The man of enlightenment who has never been a learner, who suddenly gained his state by the overwhelming good karma of previous lives, is less able to teach others than the one who slowly and laboriously worked his way into the state - who remembers the trials, pitfalls, and difficulties he had to overcome.

This is the ultimate solitude to which all human beings are destined.

To surrender a problem to the Overself is to cease worrying about it. If the worry still remains, its presence is proof that the surrender has not really been made.

We do not feel the need of hallowing our days. That is our great loss.

When a man becomes tired of hearing someone else tell him that he has a soul, and sets out to gain first-hand experience of it for himself, he becomes a mystic. But unfortunately, few men ever reach this point.

You may be familiar with the contents of a hundred books on mysticism and yet not be familiar with mysticism itself. For it concerns the intuition, not the intellect.

The heart is my ashram. The higher self is the master who dwells within it.

The Long Path represents the earlier stages through which all seekers after the higher wisdom will have to pass; they cannot leap up to the top. Therefore those stages will always remain valuable.

The philosophic search for enlightenment and the artist?s search for perfection of work can meet and unite.

The Supreme Godhead is unindividualized. The World-Mind is individuated (but not personalized) into emanated Overselves. The Overself is an individual, but not a person. The ego is personal.

There are no miracles in Nature, but there are happenings to which science possesses no key. The human consciousness, for instance, is capable of manifesting powers which contradict psychological knowledge, just as the human body is capable of manifesting phenomena which contradict medical knowledge. Both powers and phenomena may seem miraculous, but they really issue forth from the hidden laws of man?s own being. The processes take place in the dark only to us.

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