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 time-space-causality reference is an essential part of human nature, a governing law of human thinking. These three hold good only within such thinking and can have no possible or proper application outside it. Man does not consciously or arbitrarily impose them upon his thought; it is beyond his individual power to reject them.

There are three different strata of the finite mind. He learns to see how the self is caught and works in them in order to go beyond them and become aware of That which is infinite Mind.

This work must begin with a discipline the body because it is the servant of the ego. To the extent that we bring it to follow the Ideal, to that extent is the ego?s path impeded and obstructed.

Too much attention is too often put upon the role of meditation itself. It is a necessary practice but it is only a part of the total work to be done. Balance, reverence, knowledge, virtue and awareness despite or during activities are also parts.

We have to overcome the habitual custom of thinking that the ?I? is one thing and that its experience in a world totally outside it is another. Both are mental.

When devotion worship and reverence are fortified by knowledge, they can one day reach a stage where notably less is desired or demanded and peace then naturally arises. Nor is a measure of peace the only gain. Virtue later follows after it, quietly and effortlessly growing.

You must plant your feet firmly on one definite purpose. Opposition will whirl around you, but hold on. Perverted `man is full of prejudice, and ninety-nine out of every one hundred you meet will unconsciously or consciously attempt to deflect you from your divine purpose.

He begins with an unthinking and immature religious attitude, proceeds to the meditational experiments and personal experience of mysticism or the rational abstractions of metaphysics, and ends in the integral all-embracing all-transcending life of philosophy.

His first mental act is to think himself into being. He is the maker of his own ?I.? This does not mean that the ego is his own personal invention alone. The whole world process brings everything about, including the ego?s own self-making.

If it is any matter in which you will get involved in a transaction where they are trying to get your cooperation and you suspect they may try to use their powers to get you to be under their influence, then you must be careful to suspect hypnotism. They may try to use this so you have to be alert. Try to keep positive and get away as soon as you can.

It is a common mistake among artists and writers to regard inflammation as inspiration, and to take inflamed feelings for inspired revealings.

It is not possible for sincere scrupulous thinking to admit, and never possible to prove, the existence of a world outside of, and separate from, its consciousness. The faith by which we all conventionally grant such existence is mere superstition.

Meditation on oneself was a necessary and admirable pursuit, but it did not constitute the entire activity which life was constantly asking of man. It was good, but it proved to be not enough. For the efflux of time had shown me the limitations of mystics, and more time showed that those limitations were accountable by the one-sidedness of their outlook and the incompleteness of their experience.

No pleasure which is brief, sensual, and fugitive is worth exchanging for equanimity and peace, not even if it is multiplied a thousand times during a lifetime?s course.

Procrastination may be perilous. Later may be too late. Beware of being drawn into that vast cemetery wherein men bury their half-born aspirations and paralyzed hopes.

The ?Void? means void of all mental activity and productivity. It means that the notions and images of the mind has been emptied out, that all perceptions of the body and conceptions of the brain have gone.

The discovery of his true being is not outwardly dramatic, and for a long time no one may know of it, except himself. The world may not honor him for it; he may die as obscure as he lived. But the purpose of his life has been fulfilled; and God's will has been done.

He can find the nothingness within himself only after he has evaluated the nothingness of himself. The mystery of the Great Void does not disclose itself to the smugly satisfied or the arrogantly proud or the intellectually conceited.

Holding on to the future in anxiety and apprehension must be abandoned. It must be committed to the Higher Power completely and faithfully. Calmness comes easily to the man who really trusts the Higher Power. This is unarguable.

If someone is into occult practices tries to hypnotize you don?t look into both their eyes at the same time. The person will have trouble getting your full attention if you don?t look into both their eyes.

It is a generative idea. Here is a whole philosophy congealed into a single phrase: the world is an idea.

It is not without much reluctance that I have ventured to betray aloud the intimate experiences received in secret and solitary communion with nature. I would fain have harbored them until this body was gone, when their fate would carry no concern for me. But the bidding of my spiritual Guides was such that these words have gone out into print.

Men ask, ?What is truth?? But in reply truth itself questions them, ?Who are you to ask that? Have you the competence, the faculty, the character, the judgment, the education and the preparation to recognize truth?? If not, first go and acquire them, not forgetting the uplift of character.

Not one but several minds will be needed to labor at the metaphysical foundation of the twentieth century structure of philosophy. I can claim the merit only of being among the earliest of these pioneers. There are others yet to appear who will unquestionably do better and more valuable work.

Revelations come from the Overself; messages are transmitted to us and they are true enough in their beginning. But personal desires seize on them instantly, change and fashion them to suit the ego.

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British Philosopher, Mystic, Journalist, Traveler and Guru