The Notebooks of Paul Brunton
by Paul Brunton

The Notebooks of Paul Brunton
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by Paul Brunton
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"With the possible exception of Alan Watts, Paul Brunton has probably been the most influential exponent of Eastern philosophy and systems of realization in this century . . . one of the West's most perceptive thinkers and deepest students of Ancient Wisdom.” —The American Theosophist

“Sensible and compelling. His work can stand beside that of such East-West bridges as Merton, Suzuki, Huxley, Watts, and Radhakrishnan.” —Choice

“Any serious man or woman in search of spiritual ideas will find a surprising challenge and an authentic source of inspiration and intellectual nourishment in the writings of Paul Brunton.” —Jacob Needleman 

Paul Brunton, “PB,” as he was known to many, was one of the twentieth century's most brilliant spiritual researcher/practitioner/writers. With eleven early books in print (some in 17 languages), he was by far the most popular and best known source of inside information on Eastern philosophies, gurus, and systems of meditation from 1934 until the late 1950s.

In the mid-1950s, PB withdrew from public notice to intensify his spiritual practice and research. Except for a wide correspondence and occasional interviews, he lived privately for the remainder of his life—successfully reclaiming his personal privacy and relative anonymity. But he continued to write daily in his notebooks. These writings, his most mature, he reserved for posthumous publication.

When that work began to appear in 1984 as The Notebooks of Paul Brunton, it quickly set a new standard for a generation of writers. Its clarity, beauty, comprehensiveness, unpretentious authority, and modern no-nonsense perspective established a new high-water mark. These writings detail the nitty-gritty how-to's of taking an independent, sympathetic, uncompromisingly individualized approach to the realization at the heart of all sacred traditions.

The path PB blazed toward his own eventual realization is remarkably like that which lies ahead for thousands of Western seekers, making his work of great value to many. In his mind and noble person, the historic need for a timely grasp of our perennial opportunities and challenges found new a plain-speaking voice.

The Notebooks series consists of sixteen independent but related volumes. Each explores a unique dimension of human character or spiritual potential. Taken individually, each volume is remarkable. Taken as a whole, the Notebooks series is unmatched for its combination of depth, simplicity, practical detail, and consistent sensibleness.

See “Excerpts and Info” on this page to see the critical acclaim the series has enjoyed, a complete table of contents of the entire Notebooks series, links to information on individual Notebooks volumes, and more about Paul Brunton and his work.

Complete Table of Contents

The twenty-eight "categories" from the "Ideas" section of the notebooks Paul Brunton reserved for posthumous publication appear sequentially in sixteen volumes. The following list gives chapter titles and subheads for the entire series as published in print format.


Volume 1: PERSPECTIVES
(A representative survey of all 28 categories)

INTRODUCTION
1. THE QUEST
2. PRACTICES FOR THE QUEST
3. RELAX AND RETREAT
4. ELEMENTARY MEDITATION
5. THE BODY
6. EMOTIONS AND ETHICS
7. THE INTELLECT
8. THE EGO
9. FROM BIRTH TO REBIRTH
10. HEALING OF THE SELF
11. THE NEGATIVES
12. REFLECTIONS ON MY LIFE AND WRITINGS
13.HUMAN EXPERIENCE
14. THE ARTS IN CULTURE
15. THE ORIENT
16. THE SENSITIVES
17. THE RELIGIOUS URGE
18. THE REVERENTIAL LIFE
19. THE REIGN OF RELATIVITY
20. WHAT IS PHILOSOPHY?
21. MENTALISM
22. INSPIRATION AND THE OVERSELF
23. ADVANCED CONTEMPLATION
24. THE PEACE WITHIN YOU
25. WORLD-MIND IN INDIVIDUAL MIND
26. WORLD-IDEA
27.WORLD-MIND
28. THE ALONE


Volume 2: THE QUEST (contains category 1)

INTRODUCTION

1. WHAT THE QUEST IS
General description
Its importance and practicality

2. ITS CHOICE
General notes
Qualifications
Why people come
Why many people don't come
Postponing the choice
In what sense is there a choice?
Implications of the choice

3. INDEPENDENT PATH
General description
Take truth where you find it
Intelligent nonconformity
Pros & cons of independence
Requirements
Is monastic discipline needed?
Independence and teachers
Loneliness

4. ORGANIZED GROUPS
Benefits for beginners
Problems
Relation to founder

5. SELF-DEVELOPMENT
General description
What exactly is the goal?
Unique person: unique path
Knowing and working within one's
limitations
Stages of development
Only whole person finds whole truth
Attainments
Dangers

6. STUDENT-TEACHER
General notes
The need for a teacher
Books as teachers
Issues in seeking a teacher
Qualifications, duties of a teacher
Master-disciple relationship
Qualifications, duties of a disciple
Cultivating the inner link
Master as symbol
Graduation


Volume 3: PRACTICES FOR THE QUEST / RELAX AND RETREAT
(contains categories 2 and 3)

Part 1: PRACTICES FOR THE QUEST

INTRODUCTION

1. ANT'S LONG PATH
What is the Long Path?
Purification and development of character
Confronting the obstacles within

2. THE MEASURE OF PROGRESS
Attitudes that help or hinder
Sources, signs, and stages of growth

3. UNCERTAINTIES OF PROGRESS
Understanding the pace of development
Facing the problems of development

4. PRACTISE MENTAL DISCIPLINE
Its nature
Its development

5. BALANCE THE PSYCHE
Engage the whole being
Cultivate balance

6. SELF-REFLECTION AND ACTION
Be objective
Apply the will

7. DISCIPLINE DESIRES
Renunciation
Asceticism
Possessions

8. THE QUEST AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
On time and solitude
Spiritual path

9. CONCLUSION
The development of the work
The working of Grace

Part 2: RELAX AND RETREAT

INTRODUCTION

1. TAKE INTERMITTENT PAUSES
Balance inner and outer
Shorter pauses
Longer pauses

2. WITHDRAW FROM TENSION AND PRESSURE
Price of excessive extroversion
The true place of peace

3. RELAX BODY, BREATH, MIND

4. RETREAT CENTRES
What is needed today?
Motives for entering
Problems, limitations

5. SOLITUDE
Dangers of solitude

6. NATURE APPRECIATION

7. SUNSET CONTEMPLATION


Volume 4: MEDITATION / THE BODY
(contains categories 4 and 5)

Part 1: MEDITATION

INTRODUCTION

1. PREPARATORY
The importance of meditation
The true way of meditation
Levels of absorption
Fruits, effects of meditation
Dangers, and how to avoid them

2. PLACE AND CONDITIONS
Times for meditation
Places for meditation
Solitary vs. group meditation
Postures for meditation
Other physical considerations
Proper mental attitude
Regularity of practice
Ending the meditation

3. FUNDAMENTALS
Stop wandering thoughts
Blankness is not the goal
Practise concentrated attention
Varieties of practice

4. MEDITATIVE THINKING
The path of inspired intellect
Self-examination exercises
Moral self-betterment exercises

5. VISUALIZATIONS, SYMBOLS
Visualizations
Symbols
Guru yoga

6. MANTRAMS, AFFIRMATIONS
Mantrams
Affirmations

7. MINDFULNESS, MENTAL QUIET
Mindfulness
Mental quiet

Part 2: THE BODY

INTRODUCTION

1. PREFATORY

2. THE BODY

3. DIET
Comments on customs

4. FASTING

5. EXERCISE

6. BREATHING EXERCISES

7. SEX AND GENDER

8. KUNDALINI

9.POSTURES FOR PRAYER


Volume 5: EMOTIONS AND ETHICS / THE INTELLECT
(contains categories 6 and 7)

Part 1: EMOTIONS AND ETHICS

INTRODUCTION

1. UPLIFT CHARACTER
Environmental influence
Moral relativity
Conscience
Goodness
Altruism
Patience, perseverance
Value of confession, repentance
Truthfulness

2. RE-EDUCATE FEELINGS
Love, compassion
Detachment
Family
Friendship
Marriage
Happiness

3. DISCIPLINE EMOTIONS
Higher and lower emotions
Self-restraint
Matured emotion

4. PURIFY PASSIONS

5. SPIRITUAL REFINEMENT
Courtesy, tolerance, considerateness
Spiritual value of manners
Discipline of speech
Accepting criticism
Refraining from criticism
Forgiveness
Criticizing constructively
Sympathetic understanding

6. AVOID FANATICISM

7. MISCELLANEOUS ETHICAL ISSUES
Nonviolence, nonresistance, pacifism

Part 2: THE INTELLECT

INTRODUCTION

1. THE PLACE OF INTELLECT
Its value
Its limitations
Its inward vision
Reason, intuition, and insight

2. THE SERVICE OF INTELLECT
Cultivation of intelligence
Balance of intellect and feeling
Doubt and the modern mind

3. THE DEVELOPMENT OF INTELLECT
Independence and individuality
Comparison and synthesis
Authority and the past
Books

4. ABSTRACT THOUGHT
Facts and logic
The need for precision

5. SEMANTICS
Clarity is essential
The problem with words
The meaning of language

6. SCIENCE
Influence of science
When science stands alone
Science and metaphysics

7. METAPHYSICS OF TRUTH
Speculation vs. knowledge
Issues and adherents
Its spiritual significance

8. INTELLECT, REALITY, AND THE OVERSELF


Volume 6: THE EGO / FROM BIRTH TO REBIRTH
(contains categories 8 and 9)

Part 1: THE EGO

INTRODUCTION

1. WHAT AM I?
Egoself and Overself
Body and consciousness
I-sense and memory
Ego as limitation
Ego as presence of higher
Two views of individuality
Perfection through surrender
Ego subordinated, not destroyed
Ego after illumination
Reincarnation

2. I-THOUGHT
I-sense and I-thought
Ego exists, as series of thoughts
Subject-object

3. PSYCHE
Ego as knot in psyche
The "subconscious"
Trickery, cunning of ego
Defense mechanisms
Self-idolatry
Egoism, egocentricity

4. DETACHING FROM THE EGO
Its importance
Why most people won't do it
As genuine spiritual path
Surrender is necessary
Its difficulty
Ego corrupts spiritual aspiration
Humility is needed
Longing for freedom from ego
Knowledge is needed
Tracing ego to its source
"Dissolution" of ego
Grace is needed
Who is seeking?
Results of dethroning ego

Part 2: FROM BIRTH TO REBIRTH

INTRODUCTION

1. DEATH, DYING, AND IMMORTALITY
The event of death
Continuity, transition, and transformation
The aftermath of death

2. REBIRTH AND REINCARNATION
The influence of past tendencies
Reincarnation and Mentalism
Beliefs about reincarnation
Reincarnation and the Overself

3. LAWS AND PATTERNS OF EXPERIENCE
Defining karma, fate, and destiny
Karma's role in human development
Destiny turns the wheel
Astrology, fate, and free will
Karma, free will, and the Overself

4. FREE WILL, RESPONSIBILITY, AND THE WORLD-IDEA
The limitations of free will
The freedom we have to evolve
Human will in the World-Idea


Volume 7: HEALING OF THE SELF / THE NEGATIVES
(contains categories 10 and 11)

Part 1: HEALING OF THE SELF

INTRODUCTION

1. THE LAWS OF NATURE
The spiritual importance of health
Disease has hidden causes
Physical mortality
The Philosopher's body

2. THE UNIVERSAL LIFE-FORCE
The vital body
Nature's healing power
Exercises and meditations

3. THE ORIGINS OF ILLNESS
The karma of the body
Mental states and physical conditions
The importance of hygiene
Dangers of drugs and alcohol

4. HEALERS OF THE BODY AND MIND
Services of the healing arts
Medicine and surgery
The practices of psychology
Neurosis and its treatment
Hypnosis

5. THE HEALING POWER OF THE OVERSELF
Spiritual and mental healing defined
Mental healing - its limited success
Healers and the spiritual path
The work of the Overself
Seek inner peace

Part 2: THE NEGATIVES

INTRODUCTION

1. THEIR NATURE

2. THEIR ROOTS IN EGO
Special tests for questers

3. THEIR PRESENCE IN THE WORLD
Materialism
Unbalanced technological development
Hatred and violent revolution
Totalitarianism, Communism
War
Causes of war
World War II, Nazism, Fascism,
Hitler
Effects of World War II
World War III
Constructive alternatives: collective
Crime and punishment
Pacifism: general, non-nuclear ethic
Pacifism in light of nuclear threat
Constructive alternatives: individual

4. IN THOUGHTS, FEELINGS, VIOLENT PASSIONS
Their presence
Ways of responding

5. THEIR VISIBLE AND INVISIBLE HARM


Volume 8: REFLECTIONS ON MY LIFE AND WRITINGS
(contains category 12)

INTRODUCTION

1. TWO ESSAYS

2. PHILOSOPHY AND CONTEMPORARY CULTURE
Grand truths and common speech
The need for spiritual education
Creative independence
The challenge of synthesis

3. ENCOUNTER WITH DESTINY
A mysterious presence
Inside mystical experience
The making of a messenger
The message and the marketplace

4. REFLECTIONS ON TRUTH
Sharing truth
Seeking the impersonal
The challenge of formulation
Obstacles to inspiration
The limits of yoga
Living with truth

5. THE LITERARY WORK
The kindred souls
A mixed reception
Responding to critics
Corrections, revisions, development
A warning shared
Book notes
Seed thoughts
A sacred vocation
The contribution of silence
The value of solitude

6. THE PROFANE AND THE PROFOUND
A sense of proportion
An unorthodox yogi
People and places
Happenings on the way


Volume 9: HUMAN EXPERIENCE / THE ARTS IN CULTUIRE
(contains categories 13 and 14)

Part 1: HUMAN EXPERIENCE

INTRODUCTION

1. SITUATION
Daily life as spiritual opportunity
Spiritual laws structure experience
Experience as personal teacher
Spiritual truth in practical life
Getting the point
Sunshine and shadow
Causes of suffering
Different reactions to suffering
Purpose of suffering
Transformation of suffering
"Failure"

2. LIVING IN THE WORLD
A play of opposites
Status of the herd
Reconciling the mystical and mundane
How to treat opportunity
Seeking guidance
Worldly success
Independence
Effects of environment, change
Cultivate an active attitude
Relations with others
Marriage
Politics
Education

3. YOUTH AND AGE
Reflections on youth
Reflections in old age

4. WORLD CRISIS
Crisis and visible effects
Causes, meaning of crisis
Historical perspectives
New era in evolution
New age directions
Role of philosophy, mysticism now
Need for wisdom, peace
Forebodings
Good will ultimately prevail

Part 2: THE ARTS IN CULTURE

INTRODUCTION

1. APPRECIATION
The arts and spirituality
Value of aesthetic environment
Sacred mission of art
Criticism of "modern art"

2. CREATIVITY, GENIUS
Creativity
Genius, inspiration, technique

3. ART EXPERIENCE AND MYSTICISM

4. REFLECTIONS ON SPECIFIC ARTS
Writing, literature, poetry
Inspired revelatory writing
Stage, cinema, dance
Painting, sculpture, architecture
Music


Volume 10: THE ORIENT
(contains category 15)

INTRODUCTION

1. MEETINGS OF EAST AND WEST
General interest
Value of Eastern thought
Modern opportunities
Western arrogance
Romantic glamour
Western assimilation of Eastern thought
Differences between East and West
Decline of traditional East
Reciprocal West-East impact
Parallels between East and West
Universality of truth
East-West synthesis

2. INDIA
Images of environment, culture, history
Spiritual condition of modern India
India's change and modernization
Caste
General and comparative
Buddha, Buddhism
Vedanta, Hinduism
Shankara
Ramana Maharshi
Aurobindo
Atmananda
Krishnamurti
Gandhi
Ananda Mayee
Ramakrishna, Vivekananda
Other Indian teachers and schools
Himalayan region

3. CHINA, TIBET, JAPAN
General notes on China
Taoism
Confucius, Confucianism, neo-Confucianism
Ch'an Buddhism
Japan
Tibet

4. CEYLON, ANGKOR WAT, BURMA, JAVA
Ceylon
Angkor Wat
Burma
Java

5. ISLAMIC CULTURES, EGYPT
Islamic cultures
Egypt

6.RELATED ENTRIES
Mount Athos
Greece
Christianity and the East


Volume 11: THE SENSITIVES
(contains category 16)

INTRODUCTION

1. MYSTICAL LIFE IN THE MODERN WORLD
Development
Continuing the tradition
Purpose
The scientific and the superstitious

2. PHASES OF MYSTICAL DEVELOPMENT
The transience of mystical emotions
From personal vision to impersonal being
From inner peace to inner reality
Moral re-education
At home in two worlds
Philosophy and mysticism
Rational mysticism
The power of rational faith
The goal of truth
The path beyond yoga
The completion in knowledge

3. PHILOSOPHY, MYSTICISM, AND THE OCCULT
A criticism of the mystic
The extremes of mysticism
Philosophy attracts the few
Distinguishing the spiritual and psychic
The lure of occultism

4. THOSE WHO SEEK
The wanderers
The innocents
The dreamers
The unbalanced

5. PSEUDO AND IMPERFECT TEACHERS
The prevalence of charlatans
Difficulty of recognizing them
Domination and narrowness
Incomplete teachers
The ego's ambition

6. DELUSIONS AND PAINFUL AWAKENINGS
The illusion of perfection
Superstition, imagination, and self-deception
Penalties of delusion
The value of disillusionment

7. THE PATH OF INDIVIDUALITY
Dangers of dependence
Independence
Be responsible
Use your judgement
Be discriminating

8. CHRISTIAN SCIENCE, OTHER SPIRITUAL MOVEMENTS
Virtues and faults
The hidden materialism

9. INSPIRATION AND CONFUSION
Conflicting tenets, contradictory 'revelations'
Interpreting mystical experience
Admixture of ego

10. THE IS IS NOT AN ISM
Limitations of dogma
Misuse of mystery

11. FANATICISM, MONEY, POWERS, DRUGS
Fanaticism
Deluded guides, gullible followers
Money
The abuse of power
Drugs

12. THE INTERMEDIATE ZONE
Tests, ordeals, temptations
Danger signals, protective measures

13. THE OCCULT
A choice of directions
The seductive shadow-world
Occultists and psychics
Occult practices
Hypnotism
Mediumship, channeling

14. THE SENSITIVE MIND
Psychic sensitivity, personal sensitivity
Telepathy, mental influences
Clairvoyance
Evaluating intuitions and 'messages'

15. ILLUMINATIONS
Properties of imagination
Spiritual reality, mental imagery
Conditioning factors
The true Word of revelation


Volume 12: THE RELIGIOUS URGE / REVERENTIAL LIFE
(contains category 17)

Part 1: THE RELIGIOUS URGE

INTRODUCTION

1 ORIGIN, PURPOSE OF RELIGIONS
Introductory
On evaluating religion
Prophets and messengers
Purpose of popular (mass) religion
On diversity in religion
On choosing one's religion
Grading teaching to capacity

2. ORGANIZATION, CONTENT OF RELIGION
Clergy
Church and State
Religious symbols
Places of worship
Ceremonies and rituals
Relics
Scriptures
Conceptions of God

3. RELIGION AS PREPARATORY
Doubt
Inner worship is superior
Mysticism and religion

4. PROBLEMS OF ORGANIZED RELIGION
On criticism and scepticism
Cycles of inspiration, decay
Accretions, distortion, corruption
Sectarianism
Intolerance, narrowness, persecution
Superstition
Dogma
Institutionalism, exploitation

5. COMMENTS ON SPECIFIC RELIGIONS
Ancient religions
Bahaism
Buddhism
Christianity
Hinduism
Islam
Jainism
Judaism

6. PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION
Differences, similarities among religions
Comparative study, practice
Philosophy completes religion
Philosophy and "the faithful"
Intolerance toward philosophy
Philosophic independence, universalism

7.BEYOND RELIGION AS WE KNOW IT

Part 2: THE REVERENTIAL LIFE

INTRODUCTION

1. DEVOTION
The greatest love
Warnings and suggestions

2. PRAYER
Forms of prayer
Misunderstandings and misuses
Human petition, divine response

3. HUMILITY
The need
The practice

4. SURRENDER
Avoid self-deception
Accept responsibility
The process
Its effect

5. GRACE
Its transmission
Karma and forgiveness
The power of the Other
The significance of self-effort
Preparing for grace
The mysterious presence


Volume 13: RELATIVITY, PHILOSOPHY, AND MIND
(contains categories 19-21)

Part 1: THE REIGN OF RELATIVITY

INTRODUCTION

1. THE COSMOS OF CHANGE
The world appearance

2. THE DOUBLE STANDPOINT
Its cultivation and application

3. THE STATES OF CONSCIOUSNESS
The mysterious significance of dreams
The deep stillness of sleep
Trance and the 4th state of consciousness

4. TIME, SPACE, CAUSALITY
Their relative and mental nature
Perpetuity, eternity, and now
Living with time

5. THE VOID AS METAPHYSICAL FACT

Part 2: WHAT IS PHILOSOPHY?

INTRODUCTION

1. TOWARD DEFINING PHILOSOPHY
On the term 'philosophy'
Philosophy's transcendental "position"
Its value and benefits
Its inspired practicality
Its "worldliness"
Relation to religion & mysticism
Living synthesis, not anemic eclecticism

2. ITS CONTEMPORARY INFLUENCE
Response to a vital need
A more timely formulation
Whom it best serves
Some esotericism is still unavoidable
Dangers to be recognized
How philosophy presents itself

3. ITS REQUIREMENTS
Basic qualifications
Philosophic discipline
Wholeness, completeness, integrality
Balance

4. ITS REALIZATION BEYOND ECSTASY
Mysticism and mystical philosophy compared
Discriminating analysis, mystical depth
Keys to the ultimate path
Insight
Service

5. THE PHILOSOPHER
The philosopher's view of Truth

Part 3: MENTALISM

INTRODUCTION

1. THE SENSED WORLD
Body, brain, consciousness
The leap from sense to thought

2. THE WORLD AS MENTAL
Mind, the projector
Mind, the image-maker
Mind, the knower

3. THE INDIVIDUAL AND WORLD-MIND
The dream analogy
Individual mind and the world image

4. THE CHALLENGE OF MENTALISM
The effort required
Accepting the Truth
The position of modern science
Mentalism and related doctrines

5. THE KEY TO THE SPIRITUAL WORLD
The living practice
The powerful knowledge
The mystic experience
Consciousness as world
Consciousness and pure Mind


Volume 14: INSPIRATION AND THE OVERSELF
(contains category 22)

INTRODUCTION

1. INTUITION THE BEGINNING
Cultivating, developing intuition
Intuition and pseudo-intuition
Let intuition rule
Fruits of living intuitively
Intuition and the Glimpse

2. INSPIRATION
Its expression and development
As act of Overself
Its power and limitations
The Interior Word

3. THE OVERSELF'S PRESENCE
In each, in all, always
Value, effects of its presence
Toward 'defining' the Overself
Overself and World-Mind
Overself and ego
Central and universal
Responding to critics

4. INTRODUCTION TO MYSTICAL GLIMPSES
Part of natural life-experience
Their importance
Their frequency and duration
Glimpses and Light

5. PREPARING FOR GLIMPSES
How to attract a glimpse
Essentially grace-given
Accepting, cultivating the glimpse
Factors hindering the glimpse

6. EXPERIENCING A GLIMPSE
How a glimpse comes in
Characteristics of glimpses
Overself displaces ego
Revelation, exaltation, confirmation

7. AFTER THE GLIMPSE
Retain the glow
Possible negative after-thoughts
Lasting effects
Marks of authenticity
Following through

8. GLIMPSES AND PERMANENT ILLUMINATION


Volume 15: ADVANCED CONTEMPLATION / THE PEACE WITHIN YOU
(contains categories 23 and 24)

Part 1: ADVANCED CONTEMPLATION

INTRODUCTION

1. ENTERING THE SHORT PATH
Begin and end with the goal itself
The practice
Benefits and results

2. PITFALLS AND LIMITATIONS
The truth about sudden enlightenment
Limitations of the Long Path

3. THE DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL
Its significance

4. THE CHANGEOVER TO THE SHORT PATH
The preparation on the Long Path
Making the transition

5. BALANCING THE PATHS
Their contrast and comparison
Their combination and transcendence

6. ADVANCED MEDITATION
Specific exercises for practice
Yoga of the Liberating Smile
Night meditations
Witness exercise
"As If" exercise
Remembrance exercise

7. CONTEMPLATIVE STILLNESS
Experiencing the passage into contemplation
Still the mind
Deepen attention
Yield to Grace
The deepest contemplation

8. THE VOID AS CONTEMPLATIVE EXPERIENCE
Entering the Void
Nirvikalpa Samadhi
Meditation upon the Void
Emerging from the Void
Why Buddha smiled

Part 2: THE PEACE WITHIN YOU

INTRODUCTION

1. THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS
The limitations of life
Philosophic happiness
The heart of joy

2. BE CALM
The goal of tranquillity
In daily life
The qualities of calm
Staying calm

3. PRACTISE DETACHMENT
Turn inward
Solving difficulties
Training mind and heart
True asceticism
Becoming the Witness
Timelessness
Free activity

4. SEEK THE DEEPER STILLNESS
Quiet the ego 
The still centre within 
The Great Silence

Volume 16: ENLIGHTENED MIND, DIVINE MIND
(contains categories 25-28)

Part 1: WORLD-MIND IN INDIVIDUAL MIND

       INTRODUCTION

   1. THEIR MEETING AND INTERCHANGE
          God is in Man
          Man is not, does not become, God
          Fallacy of "Divine Incarnation"

   2. ENLIGHTENMENT WHICH STAYS
          Glimpses and permanent realization
          Sudden or gradual?
          Enlightenment comes quietly
          Naturalness of the attainment
          Degrees of enlightenment
          Nonduality, sahaja, insight
          Conscious transcendental sleep
          Individuality remains
          World continues
          General effects of enlightenment

   3. THE SAGE
          The race of sages
          Remarks on specific illuminates
          Differences in attainment, expression
          Wisdom beyond bliss
          Qualities, characteristics of the sage
          God alone is perfect
          Sage not easily recognized
          Isolation, privacy, reticence
          Sage is usually misunderstood
          Sages merit veneration

   4. THE SAGE'S SERVICE
          A full identity of interest
          Help the sage gives
          Effects of the sage's presence
          Sage as catalyst for higher powers
          Sage works with few directly

   5. TEACHING MASTERS, DISCIPLESHIP
          Teaching and non-teaching illuminates
          Advice, warnings to would-be teachers
          Value of a qualified teacher
          Seeking the sage
          Approaching the sage
          Qualifications for discipleship
          Master-disciple relationship, general
          Master is symbol of Overself
          True relationship is internal
          Eventual graduation of disciple

Part 2: WORLD-IDEA

       INTRODUCTION

   1. DIVINE ORDER OF THE UNIVERSE
          Meaning, purpose, intelligent order
          Ultimate "rightness" of events
          Nature of the World-Idea
          World-Idea is ultimate determinant
          Uniqueness, non-duplication
          On the "why" of "creation"
          Universe as emanation of Reality

   2. CHANGE AS UNIVERSAL ACTIVITY
          Everything changes
          Metaphysical view of universal change

   3. POLARITIES, COMPLEMENTARIES, DUALITIES OF THE UNIVERSE
          Paradox, duality, nonduality
          Opposites constitute universe
          Cyclic unfoldment, reversal
          Spiral movement of universal flux

   4. TRUE IDEA OF MAN
          Man more than animal
          Divine essence of Man
          Purpose of human life
          Glimpsing the World-Idea
          Co-operating with the World-Idea
          World-Idea guides evolution
          Evolution's goal is not merger

Part 3: WORLD-MIND

        INTRODUCTION

   1. WHAT IS GOD?
          Differing views of God
          Is God good, conscious?
          God beyond finite knowing
          The active God we worship

   2. NATURE OF WORLD-MIND
          Attributes, characteristics, powers
          As source of all

3. WORLD-MIND AND "CREATION" 
         How
         Why
         Distinguishing World-Mind and Mind

Part 4: THE ALONE

         INTRODUCTION

1. ABSOLUTE MIND 
        Mind alone Is 
        Levels, phases, functions of Mind
        On knowing Why
        Real as self-existent, transcendent, unique
        Real as unchangeable
        Real as Void 
        Real as Consciousness

2. OUR RELATION TO THE ABSOLUTE
        Inadequacy of human symbolization
        Reporting, nonetheless, has value
        Reality reveals itself through Overself
        Meditations on Mind
        The ultimate "experience"

Critical Acclaim

Selected review highlights on The Notebooks of Paul Brunton

Through the years, Paul Brunton and his Notebooks series have received many favorable reviews from a wide variety of sources.  The following is a selection of highlights. To see full reviews where more is available.
 

“Paul Brunton was a great original and got to a place of personal evolution that illumines the pathways of a future humanity.” —Jean Houston

“Paul Brunton's Notebooks are a veritable treasure-trove of philosophic-spiritual wisdom.” —Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

“The meticulousness of his reading and interviewing, as well as his personal, inward application of that knowledge, reveals a genius for balance. —San Francisco Chronicle

“ . . sensible and compelling.  His work can stand beside that of such East-West bridges as Merton, Huxley, Suzuki, Watts, and Radhakrishnan.  It should appeal to anyone concerned personally and academically with issues of spirituality.” —Choice

“Any serious man or woman in search of spiritual ideas will find a surprising challenge and an authentic source of inspiration and intellectual nourishment in the writings of Paul Brunton.” —Jacob Needleman

“Vigorous, clear-minded and independent . . . a synthesis of Eastern mysticism and Western rationality. . . A rich volume.” (volume 1, Perspectives) —Library Journal

“With the possible exception of Alan Watts, Dr. Paul Brunton has probably been the most influential exponent of Eastern philosophy and systems of self-realization in this century. . . . significant commentaries on nearly every conceivable aspect of the spiritual quest . . . unreservedly recommended as the final, eloquent summing up by one of the West's most perceptive thinkers and deepest students of the Ancient Wisdom.” —The American Theosophist

“His work should therefore help readers assess the present deluge of books in New Age philosophy. . . the work as a whole is a rich vein of wisdom to be mined by the interested and the spiritually concerned.” —Library Journal (on volume 11)

“A simple, straightforward guide to how philosophical insights of the East and West can help to create beauty, joy, and meaning in our lives. . . . His keynote is balance, and his uplifting message encompasses all phases of human experience.” —East West Journal

“ . . . a great gift to us Westerners who are seeking the spiritual.” —Charles T. Tart

“With each succeeding volume of these remarkable 'Notebooks,' we are more and more impressed with the extent of Brunton's wisdom . . . particularly important for everyone who is engaged in meditation, 'New Age' thinking. . . Very highly recommended.” —Millard Nachtwey, (Spiritual Studies Center)

“It is to the likes of Brunton, Vivekananda, and A.E. Burt that I bow in gratitude for early initiations.”  —Stephen Levine

“The notebooks of Paul Brunton represent the acme of wisdom on the nature of human spirituality.  Every serious student of this subject will profit enormously by becoming acquainted with Brunton's seminal work.” —Kenneth Ring

“A person of rare intelligence. . . thoroughly alive, and whole in the most significant, 'holy' sense of the word.” —Yoga Journal

“. . . attuned to today's holistic health movement.  Healing of the self is the guiding principle behind these writings.” more  Publishers Weekly

“This is a work (vol. 13) both brilliant and profound.  For the student of mysticism, metaphysics and/or spiritual disciplines, there are enough important ideas and gems of wisdom to provide food for thought for at least one lifetime.  —Robert Masters, Ph.D., The Foundation of Mind Research.

“Mr. Brunton's writings are most sensitive, deep, and original.  One has to admire his most positive attitude toward life, nature, beauty, and his respect for both cultures, east and west, their ways of life, religions, arts, and search for truth and goodness.  A very inspirational reading.”  Karel Husa

“Nowhere else will you find such a profound synthesis of East-West philosophic mysticism stripped of all the usual obscurity and extravagances.  Both the modern intellect and the weary heart will find unlimited inspiration, wisdom, and guidance for action in these notebooks.”  Victor Mansfield, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Colgate University

“Paul Brunton was surely one of the finest mystical flowers to grow on the wasteland of our secular civilization.  What he has to say is important to us all.”  —Georg Feuerstein

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About Paul Brunton

In his own words:

“Writing, which is an exercise of the intellect to some, is an act of worship to me. I rise from my desk in the same mood as that in which I leave an hour of prayer in an old cathedral, or of meditation in a little wood . . .” —from Perspectives, volume 1 in The Notebooks of Paul Brunton, p. 143

“P.B. as a private person does not count. There are hundreds of millions of such persons anyway. What is one man and his quest? P.B.’s personal experiences and views are not of any particular importance or special consequence. What happens to the individual man named P.B. is a matter of no account to anyone except himself. But what happens to the hundreds of thousands of spiritual seekers today who are following the same path that he pioneered is a serious matter and calls for prolonged consideration. Surely the hundreds of thousands of Western seekers who stand behind him and whom indeed, in one sense, he represents, do count. P.B. as a symbol of the scattered group of Western truth-seekers who, by following his writings so increasingly and so eagerly, virtually follow him also, does count. He personifies their aspirations, their repulsion from materialism and attraction toward mysticism, their interest in Oriental wisdom and their shepherdless state. As a symbol of this Western movement of thought, he is vastly greater than himself. In his mind and person the historic need for a new grasp of the contemporary spiritual problem found a plain-speaking voice . . .” —from Perspectives, volume 1 in The Notebooks of Paul Brunton, p. 145

Learn more about Paul Brunton through articles at the Paul Brunton Philosophic Foundation web site

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