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 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.
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.