The Secret Path

By Paul Brunton

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The Secret Path

by Paul Brunton

The enduring classic on meditation and living with spiritual awareness in daily life

Subjects: Meditation, Spirituality, Happiness

5.5 x 8.5, paperback
175 pages

ISBN 10: 1-844-13040-1
ISBN 13: 978-1-844-13040-5

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"Excellent." —The Times

“[This] is a book which should prove a source of inspiration to many and . . . might be read with profit by a follower of any religion—or of none! . . . gives a truer, more useful and safer account of yoga than many far more pretentious treatises.” —Sri Krishna Prem


The Secret Path opens with an exquisite description of being in the presence of a sage — PB shares his deep experiences and his profound connections with and appreciation for the teachings and teachers of the East. From this mystical opening, he begins his presentation of the fundamental teachings and practices of the spiritual quest.

This is a straightforward, accessible book of mystical/meditative instruction for spiritual self-discovery written for today's contemporary Westerners. P.B. provides direct, clear, and do-able practices for meditation, relaxation, the development of intuition, and the discovery of our higher self — all suited to our active modern lifestyle. Rather than asking us to learn complicated terminologies of ancient texts, he distills their truths to their essence, and explains them in clear, simple language.

Since its first publication, the pace of life has only increased, and the opportunity for introspection has further diminished. The Secret Path is a classic that has been reprinted many times. Its message and methods seem to grow ever more helpful for achieving deep sanity, balance, and the benefits of a rich inner life.

Introduction to this edition

Introduction to the new edition


HOW to get around the mediocre in myself that settles for less because it lacks vision or power to create more?

How to stop pretending to be better than I am, or just wishing to be better than I am, and actually be better than I am?

How to do, of my own free will, what I would have God do for me? And for my friends in pain? And for "the world" at large?

The Secret Path's responses (not answers) to these issues, and others every bit as urgent for the beginning of a new millenium, make it an enduring spiritual classic. Paul Brunton wrote it in just four weeks of relentless inspiration, apparently at the behest of the great Indian sage Ramana Maharshi. It was his second book, of 11 published while he lived and 19 already drawn from the voluminous notebooks he left for posthumous publication.

At 35, this man who would become a sage in his own right already knew that no prescribed system of excercises, or rules, or ideas would suffice for the task at hand. He knew that the most important element of the needed mix is one that the seeker is powerless to supply. And he had tried, with encouraging success, a variety of good ways of asking that Something to show itself and lead the way.

The Secret Path shares the safest and surest of them.These are methods based in traditional practices, adapted in a fashion that has stood the test of years of use by tens of thousands of men and women from various walks of life throughout the world.

Yet no matter how well publicized or how often spoken of, the path they point to remains secret. It is a way that remakes itself anew for each traveler, a way marked out for one person only, never to be traveled or told of unless by that one unique living soul. It can never get old and is always a path of continual surprise and discovery.

It begins with something almost inconceivable. It leads to something utterly inexhaustible.

May this little book help you find your Way.

Paul Cash
Co-editor, The Notebooks of Paul Brunton

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To see all our Paul Brunton titles, scroll down to The Complete Paul Brunton Opus below.

About Paul Brunton

Paul Brunton helps us hear the melody behind the medley of today's "spiritual marketplace." His late writings raise the bar for what we can expect of spiritual teachings and teachers, and what we can do for ourselves. Born in London in 1898, he soon became a leading pioneer of much of what we now take for granted. He traveled widely throughout the world (long before it was fashionable) to meet living masters of various traditions with whom he then lived and studied. His eleven early books from 1934–1952 shared much of what he learned, and helped set the stage for dramatic east-west exchanges of the late 20th century. Paul Brunton left more than 10,000 pages of enormously helpful new work in notebooks he reserved for posthumous publication, much of which is now available as The Notebooks of Paul Brunton. See "The Complete Paul Brunton Opus" in blue below to see his many works available on this site. You can also search on Paul Brunton in the search bar to browse the selections, or click on a link below for specific connections.

Click here for an article about Paul Brunton.

Click here for The Notebooks of Paul Brunton.

To access small theme-based books compiled from Paul Brunton's writings, scroll down to Derived from the Notebooks below.

To access Paul Brunton's early writings, published from 1934–1952, scroll down to Paul Brunton's Early Works below.

To access commentaries on Paul Brunton and his work by his leading student, Anthony Damiani, as well as other writings about Paul Brunton and/or his work, scroll down to Commentaries and Reflections on Paul Brunton and His Work below.

Book Details

"Excellent." —The Times

“[This] is a book which should prove a source of inspiration to many and . . . might be read with profit by a follower of any religion—or of none! . . . gives a truer, more useful and safer account of yoga than many far more pretentious treatises.” —Sri Krishna Prem


The Secret Path opens with an exquisite description of being in the presence of a sage — PB shares his deep experiences and his profound connections with and appreciation for the teachings and teachers of the East. From this mystical opening, he begins his presentation of the fundamental teachings and practices of the spiritual quest.

This is a straightforward, accessible book of mystical/meditative instruction for spiritual self-discovery written for today's contemporary Westerners. P.B. provides direct, clear, and do-able practices for meditation, relaxation, the development of intuition, and the discovery of our higher self — all suited to our active modern lifestyle. Rather than asking us to learn complicated terminologies of ancient texts, he distills their truths to their essence, and explains them in clear, simple language.

Since its first publication, the pace of life has only increased, and the opportunity for introspection has further diminished. The Secret Path is a classic that has been reprinted many times. Its message and methods seem to grow ever more helpful for achieving deep sanity, balance, and the benefits of a rich inner life.

Introduction to the new edition


HOW to get around the mediocre in myself that settles for less because it lacks vision or power to create more?

How to stop pretending to be better than I am, or just wishing to be better than I am, and actually be better than I am?

How to do, of my own free will, what I would have God do for me? And for my friends in pain? And for "the world" at large?

The Secret Path's responses (not answers) to these issues, and others every bit as urgent for the beginning of a new millenium, make it an enduring spiritual classic. Paul Brunton wrote it in just four weeks of relentless inspiration, apparently at the behest of the great Indian sage Ramana Maharshi. It was his second book, of 11 published while he lived and 19 already drawn from the voluminous notebooks he left for posthumous publication.

At 35, this man who would become a sage in his own right already knew that no prescribed system of excercises, or rules, or ideas would suffice for the task at hand. He knew that the most important element of the needed mix is one that the seeker is powerless to supply. And he had tried, with encouraging success, a variety of good ways of asking that Something to show itself and lead the way.

The Secret Path shares the safest and surest of them.These are methods based in traditional practices, adapted in a fashion that has stood the test of years of use by tens of thousands of men and women from various walks of life throughout the world.

Yet no matter how well publicized or how often spoken of, the path they point to remains secret. It is a way that remakes itself anew for each traveler, a way marked out for one person only, never to be traveled or told of unless by that one unique living soul. It can never get old and is always a path of continual surprise and discovery.

It begins with something almost inconceivable. It leads to something utterly inexhaustible.

May this little book help you find your Way.

Paul Cash
Co-editor, The Notebooks of Paul Brunton

To see all our Paul Brunton titles, scroll down to The Complete Paul Brunton Opus below.

About Paul Brunton

Larson Publications photo of author Paul Brunton

Paul Brunton helps us hear the melody behind the medley of today's "spiritual marketplace." His late writings raise the bar for what we can expect of spiritual teachings and teachers, and what we can do for ourselves. Born in London in 1898, he soon became a leading pioneer of much of what we now take for granted. He traveled widely throughout the world (long before it was fashionable) to meet living masters of various traditions with whom he then lived and studied. His eleven early books from 1934–1952 shared much of what he learned, and helped set the stage for dramatic east-west exchanges of the late 20th century. Paul Brunton left more than 10,000 pages of enormously helpful new work in notebooks he reserved for posthumous publication, much of which is now available as The Notebooks of Paul Brunton. See "The Complete Paul Brunton Opus" in blue below to see his many works available on this site. You can also search on Paul Brunton in the search bar to browse the selections, or click on a link below for specific connections.

Click here for an article about Paul Brunton.

Click here for The Notebooks of Paul Brunton.

To access small theme-based books compiled from Paul Brunton's writings, scroll down to Derived from the Notebooks below.

To access Paul Brunton's early writings, published from 1934–1952, scroll down to Paul Brunton's Early Works below.

To access commentaries on Paul Brunton and his work by his leading student, Anthony Damiani, as well as other writings about Paul Brunton and/or his work, scroll down to Commentaries and Reflections on Paul Brunton and His Work below.

The Complete Paul Brunton Opus:


The Notebooks of Paul Brunton:

Paul Brunton's most mature work, in the order he specified for posthumous publication.

Derived from The Notebooks:

Smaller books on popular/timely themes, developed from the Notebooks and published posthumously.

Early Works:

Paul Brunton's works published during his lifetime from 1934-1952

Commentaries/Reflections:

Commentaries/Reflections by other authors on Paul Brunton or his works.

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