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 act must illustrate the man, the deed must picture the attitude. It is thus only that thought becomes alive.
The ego is not really killed ? how without body and intellect, emotion and will, could anyone act in this world? ? but the center of being is moved out of it to the Overself.
He is to sacrifice all the lower emotions on the alar of this quest. He is to place upon it anger, lust and aggressive egoism as and when each situation arises when one or another of them shows its ugly self. All are to be burnt up steadily, if little by little, at such opportunities. This is the first meaning of surrender to the higher self.
Hope is the scaffolding of life. But unless the hands go out in action we may stand upon it forever yet the building will never be erected. That is why we who seek for truth must work interiorly and work intensely among the common mortar and bricks of human existence. Our dreams of a diviner life are prophetic, but we turn them to realities when we turn our hands to the tasks and disciplines presented by the world.
If the mind can reach a state where it is free from its own ideas, projections, and wishes, it can reach true happiness.
It is a grave misconception to regard the mystical process as passing through mostly ecstasies and raptures. On the contrary, it passes just as much through broken hearts and bruised emotions, through painful sacrifices and melancholy renunciations.
IT is the principle behind both consciousness and unconsciousness, making the first possible and the second significant. Yet neither consciousness nor unconsciousness, as we humans know them, resembles it.
Mentalism is the study of Mind and its products, thoughts. To separate the two, to disentangle them is to become aware of Awareness itself. This achievement comes not by any process of individual activity but by the very opposite ? suspending such activity. And it comes not as another idea but as extremely vivid, powerfully compelling insight.
Not to escape life, but to articulate it, is philosophy?s practical goal. Not to take the aspirant out of circulation, but to give him something worth doing is philosophy?s sensible ideal.
Science suppresses the subject of experience and studies the object. Mysticism suppresses the object of experience and studies the subject. Philosophy suppresses nothing, studies both subject and object; indeed it embraces the study of all experience.
The actual experience alone can settle this argument. This is what I found: The ego vanished; the everyday "I" which the world knew and which knew the world, was no longer there. But a new and diviner individuality appeared in its place, a consciousness which could say "I AM" and which I recognized to have been my real self all along. It was not lost, merged, or dissolved: it was fully and vividly conscious that it was a point in universal Mind and so not apart from that Mind itself. Only the lower self, the false self, was gone but that was a loss for which to be immeasurably grateful.
The ego lives entrenched in the seeker's inner world. If he becomes a saint, it is lost from time to time in meditation but it is found again whenever he emerges from it. If he becomes a sage, it is lost forever. That is one difference.
He should never allow the actions or words of ignorant men to arouse in him reactions of anger, envy, or resentment.
I am alone with the Maharishi! Never before has this happened. His eyes begin to change; they narrow down to pin-points. The effect is curiously like the "stopping-down" in the focus of a camera lens. There comes a tremendous increase in the intense gleam which shines between the lids, now almost closed. Suddenly, my body seems to disappear, and we are both out in space!
If the quest is to be an integral one, as it must be to be a true one, it should continue through all four spheres of a man?s being: the emotional, the intellectual, the volitional and the intuitional. Such a fourfold character makes it a more complicated affair than many mystics believe it to be.
IT is a means of severing attention from its ever-changing objects, and then enabling the freed mental force to study its own source.
It is the unique not only because of what IT is but also because two statements concerning IT can be quite contradictory, yet each can still be correct.
Mentalism says that most of one?s misery is inflicted on one?s self by accepting and holding negative thoughts. they cover and hide the still center of one?s being, which is infinite happiness.
Nothing matters so much that we should throw ourselves into a state of panic about it. No happening is so important that we should let ourselves be exiled from inner peace and mental calm for its sake.
Shallow thinking, superficial reasoning, is the means to bondage, but hard thinking, deep reasoning, is the means to freedom.
The artist has two functions: to receive through inspiration and to give through technique.
He should remember that there are two approaches to the Quest and both have to be used. There is the Long Path of self-improvement, self-purification, and self-effort; and there is the Short Path of forgetting the self entirely and directing his mind towards the Goal, towards the One Real Life, by constant remembrance of it and by practicing self-identification with it. If he uses the first approach, he can progress to a certain point. But by bringing in the second approach, the Higher Power is brought in too and comes to his help with Grace.
I believe that there is a soul in man. This is a blank if commonplace avowal. Yet as I look again at these words, I find a false modesty in them. It is a poor tribute to truth to hesitate timidly in making the open declaration that I know there is a soul because I daily commune with it as a real living presence.
If the voices which he hears are audible in the same way that one hears the voices of people through the ears, it is merely psychic and undesirable. If, however, it is a very strong mental impression and also very clear, then it is the mystic phenomenon known as the ?Interior Word? which is on a truly spiritual plane and therefore is desirable.
It is a mystery of Grace that it will come looking for one who is not pursuing truth, not looking for holiness, not even stumbling towards any interest in spirituality. And it will capture that person so completely that the character will totally change, as in Francis of Assisi's case, or the world view will totally change, as in Simone Weil's case.