Paul Brunton (October 21, 1898 – July 27, 1981) was a British philosopher, mystic, traveler, and guru. Paul Brunton left a journalistic career to live among yogis, mystics, and holy men, and studied a wide variety of Eastern and Western esoteric teachings.
Solitude is strength; to depend on the presence of the crowd is weakness. The man who needs a mob to nerve him is much more alone than he imagines.
Worry is spiritual short sight. Its cure is intelligent faith.
That which claims to be the “I” turns out to be only a part of it, the lesser part, and not the real “I” at all. It is a complex of thoughts.
We are but fragments of mind thrown into momentary consciousness.
All thoughts can be traced back to a single thought which rests at the very base of their operations. Can you not see now that the thought of personality, the sense of “I,” is such a basic thought?
The longing for peace may be kept inside a man for many years, repressed and ignored, but in the end it has to come out.
Cultivate calmness; try to keep the balance of your mind from being upset.
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.
The mind has the power to externalize the very thing it perceives.
Consciousness beyond the usual everyday consciousness can be reached only after a disciplined training of the mind. This suppresses its activity in thinking and banishes its extroverted worldliness of character.
A man may live on the surface of life or in the divine depths of being beneath his ego’s sub-surface. It is for him to make the effort, dive again and again until there is contact.
You may eradicate as many prejudices and eliminate as many illusions as you wish or can, but if their source–the ego–still remains, new ones will spring up to take their place.
So long as the little self feels itself wise enough to make all its decisions and solve all its problems, so long will there be a barrier between it and the Higher Power.
What we are is what we are conscious of. The mind makes its own reality. Consciousness is king.
Whatever thought, idea, image, or remembrance comes to us is not separate from our mind and consequently from us. And because every object, thing, or creature in the world around us is only a thought, idea, image, or remembrance to us, it is likewise not separate from us.
When you have trained yourself to empty your consciousness of its thoughts at will, your worries will naturally be emptied along with them. This is one of the valuable practical fruits of yoga.
The first way of finding peace when harassed by a hard problem or situation is to turn away from the tumult of thoughts and look for the still centre within.
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.
Most forms of occupying leisure periods ease either the pace or stress of life by relaxing a part of the brain, the instrument of thought; or a part of the body, those muscles and organs most used; or the emotions and passional nature; but the deeper kind of meditation brings peace to a man’s whole being.
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