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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In the moment that there dawns on his understanding the fact of Mind?s beginninglessness and deathlessness, he gains the second illumination, the first being that of the ego?s illusoriness and transiency.

It is not enough to achieve peace of mind. He must penetrate the Real still further and achieve peace of heart.

Look how the smaller birds greet the sun, with so much merry chirruping and so much outpouring of song! It is their way of expressing worship for the only Light they can know, an outer one. But man can also know the inner Sun, the Light of the Overself. How much more reason has he to chirp and sing than the little birds! Yet how few men feel gratitude for such privilege. God needs no worship, no praise, no thanksgiving. It is man himself who needs the benefit to be derived from these activities.

My work is a ?prophetic? message to our times, a religious revelatory work. An academic seal would put it on an intellectual and consequently lower plane.

Philosophy takes its votaries on a holy pilgrimage from ordinary life in the physical senses through mystical life in the sense-freed spirit to divinized life back in the same senses.

That beautiful state wherein the mind recognizes itself for what it is, wherein all activity is stilled except that of awareness alone and even then it is an awareness without an object ? this is the heart of the experience.

The correct meaning of the word ?karma? is willed action through body, speech and mind. It does not include the results of this action, especially those which produce or influence rebirth. Such inclusion has come into popular concepts, but shows a loose use of the term. karma is cause set going by the will, not effect at all. The phrase ?the Law of Recompense? is therefore not satisfactory and a better one is needed.

God is Mind and they that would worship it in truth must worship it mentally. The ostentatious ceremonies set up by paid professionals enable men and women to obtain pleasing emotional effects but they do not enable them to worship God. A building becomes a sacred temple when it ceases to here phonographic mumblings and when it ceases to witness theatrical mimicries, and when it provides a fitting place where its visitors can engage in undisturbed silent and inward-turned communion with their own deeper Mind.

Heredity can answer for a man?s face and form and nervous type, but it cannot answer for his genius. Here it is necessary to bring in something quite different ? the development of his talent through repeated earth lives.

If he has succeeded in holding his mind somewhat still and empty, his next step is to find his center.

In the third stage, contemplation, the mind ceases to think and simply, without words, worships loves and adores the Divine.

It is not enough to attain knowledge of the soul; any mystic may do that. It is necessary to attain clear knowledge. Only the philosophic mystic may do that. This emphasis on clarity is important. It implies the removal of all the obstructions in feeling, the complexes in mind, and obfuscations in ego which prevent it. When this is done, the aspirant beholds truth as it really is.

Love is both sunshine for the seed and fruit from the tree. it is a part of the way to self-realization and also a result of reaching the goal itself.

No announcements tell the world that he has come into enlightenment. No herald blows the trumpets proclaiming man's greatest victory - over himself. This is in fact the quietest moment of his whole life.

Philosophy uses the attained man not as a god for groveling worship and blind obedience, but as an ideal for effectual admiration and relevant analysis.

That there are perils on this path of self-guidance, is obvious. It is easy to fall into conceit, to breed arrogance, even to imagine an inner voice. Here the saving virtue of balance must be ardently sought, and the protective quality of humbleness must be gently fostered.

The creative faculty should be cultivated and developed as both a great aid to, and expression of, spiritual growth.

God will appear to us in Spirit alone, never in Space. To see him is to see the playing and posturing of our own mind.

His eyes shine with astonishing brilliance. Strange sensations begin to arise in me. Those lustrous orbs seem to be peering into the inmost recesses of my soul . . . I become aware that he is definitely linking my own mind with his that he is provoking my heart into that state of starry calm which he seems perpetually to enjoy.

If he is to keep his inner peace he must always keep the innermost part of himself aloof and deny the world any intimacy with it.

Insight is a function of the entire psyche and not of any single part of it.

It is not enough to seek stillness for the body and mind alone: the attention and intention must be directed at the same time to that Overself which transcends body and mind.

Make it a definite rule in every single instance to check your intuition by the light of reason.

No one can explain what the Overself is, for it is the origin, the mysterious source of the explaining mind, and beyond all its capacities. But what can be explained are the effects of standing consciously in its presence, the conditions under which it manifests, the ways in which it appears in human life and experience, the paths which lead to its realization.

Poverty is a stiff test of moral fiber.

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