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Paul Brunton
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Main page Paul Brunton (October 21, 1898 - July 27, 1981) was probably born as Hermann Hirsch of
Contents German Jewish origin. Later he changed his name to Raphael Hurst, and then Brunton Paul
Featured content and finally Paul Brunton. He was a British philosopher, mystic, traveler, and guru. He left a
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Toolbox 1 Biography
2 The Hidden Teachings Beyond Yoga
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4 See also
5 Bibliography
5.1 Books
5.2 Miscellaneous
5.3 Posthumously Published Texts
Português 6 Further reading
Română 7 Footnotes
Suomi 8 External links
Biography [edit]

Paul Brunton was born in London in 1898. He served in a tank division during the First World War, and later devoted himself to mysticism
and came into contact with Theosophists. Being partner of a occult bookshop, The Atlantis Bookshop, in Bloomsbury, Brunton came into
contact with both the literary and occult British intelligentsia of the 1920s. In the early 1930s, Brunton embarked on a voyage to India,
which brought him into contact with such luminaries as Meher Baba, Sri Shankaracharya of Kancheepuram and Sri Ramana Maharshi.
Brunton's first visit to Sri Ramana's ashram took place in 1931. During this visit, Brunton was accompanied by a Buddhist Bhikshu,
formerly a military officer but meanwhile known as Swami Prajnananda, the founder of the English Ashram in Rangoon. Brunton asked
several questions, including "What is the way to God-realization?" and Maharshi said: "Vichara, asking yourself the 'Who am I?' enquiry
into the nature of your Self."[1]
Brunton has been credited with introducing Ramana Maharshi to the West through his books "A Search in Secret India" and "The Secret
One day—sitting with Ramana Maharshi—Brunton had an experience which Steve Taylor names "an experience of genuine enlightenment
which changed him forever". Brunton describes it in the following way:
I find myself outside the rim of world consciousness. The planet which has so far harboured me disappears. I am in the midst of an
ocean of blazing light. The latter, I feel rather than think, is the primeval stuff out of which worlds are created, the first state of
matter. It stretches away into untellable infinite space, incredibly alive.[3]
The times of World War II Brunton spent in India, being hosted a guest by the Maharaja of Mysore, His Highness Sri.Krishna Raja
Wadiyar IV.[4][5] He dedicated his book "The Quest of the Overself" to the Maharaja and when the Maharaja died in 1940, he was present
at his funeral.
After two decades of successful writing, Brunton retired from publishing books and devoted himself to writing essays and notes. Upon his
death in 1981 in Vevey, Switzerland, it was noted that in the period since the last published book in 1952, he had rendered about 20,000
pages of philosophical writing.
A longtime friend of Paul Brunton, philosopher Anthony Damiani, Founder of Wisdom's Goldenrod Center for Philosophic Studies in
1972,[6] coordinated the publishing effort together with a team of people including Paul Cash and Timothy Smith. The Swedish-American
publisher Robert Larson started publishing the 16-volume set in 1984.

The Hidden Teachings Beyond Yoga [edit]

If Brunton could not be credited with introducing Yoga to the West because of the existence of other previous luminaries such as
Blavatsky, Vivekananda and Yogananda, at least he holds a preeminent position in bringing to the West the best the Orient has to offer:
the doctrine of Mentalism. No other writer but Brunton has declared Mentalism to be the esoteric doctrine of the Orient. Brunton is also
the only writer to differentiate Oriental Mentalism from Berkeley's.[7]
As the theory of relativity, according to Einstein, brings space and time together so does mentalism unites spirit and matter; this
phenomenon is explained by Brunton as being inherent in imagination.[8]

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Paul Brunton expounds the doctrine of mentalism in his magnum opus, first in part one which is introductory and preparatory titled The
Hidden Teachings Beyond Yoga and last but not least in a revelatory work named The Wisdom of the Overself. According to Joscelyn
Godwin, "...Since discovering Brunton's work in the 1960's I have found no reason to discard their philosophical principles."[9]

Reception [edit]

American author and former psychoanalyst Jeffrey Masson, the son of a Jewish American friend of Brunton[10] published a memoir of his
childhood under the title My Father's Guru. In the 1940s and 1950s, Brunton lived with Jeffrey Masson's family. Masson's parents were
among his handful of close disciples. Initially influenced by Brunton, Masson gradually became disillusioned with him. According to
Masson, Brunton singled him out as a potential heir to his spiritual kingdom. In 1956, Brunton decided that a third world war was
imminent and the Massons moved to Montevideo, since this location was considered safe. From Uruguay, Masson went at Brunton's
bidding to study Sanskrit at Harvard. Brunton himself did not move to South America, instead spending some time living in New
Zealand.[11] Masson subsequently became proficient at Sanskrit, and realized that Brunton did not have the facility with the language that
he claimed.[12]

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Bibliography [edit]

Books [edit]
Are You Upward Bound with William G. Fern (1931)
A Search in Secret India (1934)
The Secret Path (1935)
A Search in Secret Egypt (1936)
A Message from Arunachala (1936)
A Hermit in the Himalayas (1936)
The Quest of the Overself (1937)
Indian Philosophy and Modern Culture (1939)
The Inner Reality (1939) [published in the U.S. as Discover Yourself, same year]
Hidden Teaching Beyond Yoga (1941) [13]
Wisdom of the Overself (1943)
Spiritual Crisis of Man (1952)

Miscellaneous [edit]
Brunton, Paul. 1975. "A Living Sage of South India" in The Sage of Kanchi New Delhi: Arnold-Heinemann, New Delhi. ed by T.M.P.
Mahadevan, chapter 2
Brunton, Paul. 1959, 1987. Introduction to Fundamentals of Yoga by Rammurti S. Mishra, M.D. New York; Harmony Books
Brunton, Paul. 1937. "Western Thought and Eastern Culture" The Cornhill Magazine
Brunton, Paul. 1951. Introduction to Wood, Ernest Practical Yoga London: Rider
Plus articles in "Success Magazine", "Occult Review", "The Aryan Path", &c.

Posthumously Published Texts [edit]

Essays on the Quest (1984)
Essential Readings
Conscious Immortality [14]
Notebooks of Paul Brunton (1984–88)

Further reading [edit]

Kenneth Thurston Hurst, Paul Brunton: A Personal View, 1989, ISBN 0-943914-49-3 [15]
Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, My Father's Guru: A Journey Through Spirituality and Disillusion, Addison-Wesley (1993), ISBN 0-201-
56778-4, (new edition 2003 by Ballantine/Random House)
Annie Cahn Fung, Paul Brunton A Bridge Between India and the West . A doctoral thesis presented to the Department of Religious
Anthropology Universite de Paris IV Sorbonne, 1992, online text, published by wisdomsgoldenrod
J. Glenn Friesen: Studies Related to Paul Brunton, online text

Footnotes [edit]
1. ^ Description of the visit and reproduction of one of the dialogues with the Maharshi, done from rough notes
2. ^ Kamath, M.V.; Kher, V.B. (2003). Sai Baba of Shirdi: A Unique Saint . Jaico Publishing House. p. 298. ISBN 8172240301. "Ramana
Maharshi...was revealed to the wider world outside India by Paul Brunton..."
3. ^ Paul Brunton in his book ASearch in Secret India, p.305, cited by Steve Taylor in his article Satsang The Power of Spiritual Presence /in
New Dawn Magazine No. 101 (Mar-Apr 2007)
4. ^ Jeffrey M. Masson (1999), Der Guru meines Vaters, Eine Kindheit mit Paul Brunton, Berlin, Theseus, ISBN 3-89620-144-1, p. 25
5. ^ Annie Cahn Fung, Paul Brunton A Bridge Between India and the West, Part I: Genesis of a Quest, Chapter 3: In Mysore
6. ^ Wisdom's Goldenrod Center for Philosophic Studies
7. ^ Mansfield, Victor (1995). Synchronicity, science, and soul-making . p. 195. ISBN 0812693041. "The world is the invention of Universal
8. ^ Feuerstein, Georg (1997). Lucid Waking . Inner Traditions/Bear & Co.. pp. 157–158. ISBN 0892816132. "We like to reiterate that
'everything is relative'..."

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9. ^ Godwin, Joscelyn (2007). The Golden Thread . Quest Books. p. 186. ISBN 0835608602. "My mentalistic position is not based on any
academic training in philosophy..."
10. ^ Storr, Anthony (1997). Feet of clay . Simon & Schuster. p. 162. ISBN 0684834955. "He was so ashamed of being half-Jewish that he had
a cosmetic operation on his nose."
11. ^ "In 1963, after several years of travelling and living in the United States, Australia and New Zealand, Brunton withdrew to the serenity of
the Swiss Alps." Adyar online
12. ^ Yoga Journal . 112. Active Interest Media Inc.. Sep-Oct 1993. p. 116. ISSN 0191-0965 . "This is a scathing account of growing up with a
guru in the house."
13. ^ Some information
14. ^ Excerpts
15. ^ Here, in his son's account, is Brunton's description of an illumination that came upon him after years of study. Excerpt

External links [edit]

www.paulbrunton.org Paul Brunton Philosophic Foundation

About Paul Brunton The Wanderling's Zen Enlightenment Message Board
Reflections of Paul Brunton Nonduality.com
About Paul Brunton WriteSpirit.net

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