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 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.

We need religion, most assuredly, but we need it freed from superstition.

When we comprehend what it is that must go into the making of a sage, how many and how diverse the experiences through which he has passed in former incarnations, we realize that such a man?s wisdom is part of his bloodstream.

The ego?s desires, habits and ways of thought have been established through many earth lives.

The ignorance which accepts matter as a reality rather than as an idea can be overcome only by a course of emotional purification, mystical contemplation, and metaphysical reflection.

The mind has the power to externalize the very thing it perceives.

The principle of balance is one of the most important of philosophic principles.

The unity between our character and our destiny is inseparable; the connection between our way of thinking and the course of events is unerring.

There is no need for anyone to seek to know what his previous incarnations were. If the memories should come, they represent something abnormal. Nature does not desire that we should be hampered in the present by the memory of the past, when the past itself stretches away for such a long time. You need not trouble yourself therefore about previous incarnations, but concentrate fully on your present one so as to make it as worthy as you can.

Those who take to the Short Path have to encounter the risk of self-deception, of falling victims to the belief in their own imaginary spiritual attainments.

Unless he brings into his metaphysical studies a passionate appreciation of ultimate values and a profound feeling of reverence, they will not bear either a sound or afull fruit. In short, his thinking must be given a rich emotional, ethical and intuitional content.

What better death than to be drawn into the divine being, lost in its peace and radiance! What more miserable than to be wrenched away from earthly attachments while trying to clutch them!

When you awaken to truth as it really is, you will have no occult vision, you will have no astral experience, no ravishing ecstasy. You will awaken to it in a state of utter stillness, and you will realize truth was always there within you and that reality was always there around you. Truth was not something which has grown and developed through your efforts. it is not something which has been achieved or attained by laboriously adding up those efforts. it is not something which has to be made more and more perfect each year. And once your mental eyes are opened to truth they can never be closed again.

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.

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British Philosopher, Mystic, Journalist, Traveler and Guru