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
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.
This perfect harmony between the various elements of his personality is not to be achieved with some in the state of half-development and others of full development. All are to be brought up to the same high level.
To the outside observer my declining years have been dead ones, apparently spent in inactivity and futility. But this is only one side of the picture. For they have also been spent in a hidden activity on a higher plane, as much for my own spiritual growth as for the world?s peace.
We have to accept the presence of this pseudo-entity, the ego--this mental thing born of many many earth-lives--so long as we have to dwell in that other mental thing, the body. But we do not have to accept its dominance; we do not have to perpetuate its rule, for all is in the Mind. Where then are the reincarnatory experiences? Appearances which were like cinema shows. They happened in a time and space which were in the mind. The individual who emerged, lost the individuality and merged in the timelessness of eternity. This is the unchanging indestructible Consciousness, the Overself.
When a man feels imperatively the need of respecting himself he has heard a faint whisper from his Overself. Henceforth he begins to seek out ways and means of earning that respect.
You may eradicate as many prejudices and eliminate as many illusions as you wish or can, but if their source?the ego?still remains, new ones will spring up to take their place.
The hidden teaching starts and finishes with experience. Every man must begin his mental life as a seeker by noting the fact that he is conscious of an external environment. He will proceed in time to discover that it is an ordered one, that Nature is the manifestation of an orderly Mind. He discovers in the end that consciousness of this Mind becomes the profoundest fact of his internal experience.
The longing for peace may be kept inside a man for many years, repressed and ignored, but in the end it has to come out.
The philosophical discipline seeks to build up a character which no weakness can undermine and from which all negative characteristics have been thrown out.