Paul Brunton

Year of birth : 1898
Teacher/Guru : Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi, Shankaracharya and V. Subramanya Iyer
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“ The ego, the personal limited self, cannot lift

itself into the Higher Self, and if the student at times has

felt dismally powerless to make progress by self-effort,

he will have learned the priceless lesson of the need of Grace. ”

“ When every situation which life can offer

is turned to the profit of spiritual growth,

no situation can really be a bad one. ”

“ Meditation must become a daily rite,

a part of the regime which is, like lunch or dinner,

not to be missed, but regarded with a sacredness

the body's feeding does not have. ”

Books by the Master

“ The Quest Of The Overself " …  " A Search in Secret India " … " A Message from Arunachala " ... " A Hermit In The Himalayas: The Journey of a Lonely Exile: A Unique Travelogue by One of Greatest Spiritual " … " The Note Books of Paul Brunton : Volume 1  Perspectives " … " The Note Books of Paul Brunton: Volume 2  Overview of The Quest " … " The Note Books of Paul Bruntov: Volume 3  Practices for the Quest / Relax and Retreat " … " The Note Books of Paul Brunton: Volume 4  Meditation / The Body " … " The Note Books of Paul Brunton: Volume 5  Emotions and Ethics / The Intellect " … " The Note Books of Paul Brunton: Volume 6  The Ego / From Birth to Rebirth " …" The Note Books of Paul Brunton: Volume 7  Healing of the Self / The Negatives " … " The Note Books of Paul Brunton: Volume 8  Reflections on My Life and Writings " … " The Note Books of Paul Brunton: Volume 9  Human Experience / The Arts in Culture " … " The Note Books of Paul Brunton: Volume 10  The Orient: Its Legacy to the West " … " The Note Books of Paul Brunton:  Volume 11  The Sensitives: Dynamics and Dangers of Mysticism " … " The Note Books of Paul Brunton: Volume 12  The Religious Urge / The Reverential Life " … " The Note Books of Paul Brunton: Volume 13  Relativity, Philosophy, and Mind "  … " The Note Books of Paul Brunton: Volume 14  Inspiration and the Overself " … " The Note Books of Paul Brunton:  Volume 15  Advanced Contemplation / The Peace Within You " … " The Note Books of Paul Brunton : Volume 16  Enlightened Mind, Divine Mind " … " Inspired Wisdom in Practice: Passages from Early Writing of Paul Brunton: Quotations " … " What Is Karma? " … " The Secret Path … GIFT OF GRACE AWAKENING TO " … " Decision-making in Operative Dentistry (Quintessentials: Operative Dentistry) " … " The Inner Reality " … " Aesthetic Dentistry " … " The Spiritual Crisis of Man: An Examination of the Concept and the Experience of God " … " Meditations for People in Charge by Paul Brunton " … " Meditations for People in Crisis " … " The Hidden Teaching Beyond The Yoga " … " Discover Yourself " … " Three articles from the 1930s " ... " Essays on the Quest " … " Maharshi and His Message " … " Matthew Flinders: The ultimate voyage " ... " Are You Upward Bound with William G. Fern " ... " Indian Philosophy and Modern Culture " ... " Conscious Immortality " ... " The Short Path to Enlightenment: Instructions for Immediate Awakening "


Paul Brunton was a British philosopher, mystic and traveler. He left a journalistic career to live among yogis, mystics, and holy men, and studied Eastern and Western esoteric teachings. Dedicating his life to an inward and spiritual quest, Brunton felt charged to communicate his experiences about what he had learned in the East to others. His works had a major influence on the spread of Eastern yoga and mysticism to the West. Taking pains to express his thoughts in layperson's terms, Brunton was able to present what he had learned from the Orient and from ancient tradition as a living wisdom. His writings express his view that meditation and the inward quest are not exclusively for monks and hermits, but will also support those living normal, active lives in the Western world.

Brunton was born in London in 1898. He was originally born Raphael Hurst. He was a bookseller and journalist. Brunton wrote under various pseudonyms, including Raphael Meriden and Raphael Delmonte, Later, he chose the pen name Brunton Paul, but for some reason, perhaps a printer's error, the names were reversed to Paul Brunton, a name that he kept. 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 an 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. When Bruton met the Shankaracharya of Kanchipuram he was directed to meet Sri Ramana. 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. "

Brunton has been credited with introducing Ramana Maharshi to the West through his books A Search in Secret India and The Secret Path. One day—sitting with Ramana Maharshi—Brunton had an experience which Steve Taylor names " an experience of genuine enlightenment which changed him forever. " 

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. 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. Brunton was later prevented from visiting the Sri Ramana Maharshi ashram, but he maintained a strong inner connection with Ramana Maharshi. In Ramana Maharshi's last year he sent a message to Brunton, saying " When heart speaks to heart, what is there to say? "

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.

If Brunton can 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.