Think of yourself as the individual and you are sure to die; think of yourself as the universal and you enter deathlessness, for the universal is always and eternally there. We know no beginning and no ending to the cosmic process. Its being IS: we can say no more. Be that rather than this–that which is as infinite and homeless as space, that which is timeless and unbroken. Take the whole of life as your own being. Do not divorce, do not separate yourself from it. It is the hardest of tasks for it demands that we see our own relative insignificance amid this infinite and vast process. The change that is needed is entirely a mental one. Change your outlook and with it ”heaven will be added unto you.” – Paul Brunton
Paul Brunton (1898-1981) is that rarest of humans: a sage. Born in London, his mystical and occult sensitivity soon led him East, first to India and Egypt, and then around the world. Blending his own inner inquiry with ancient traditions and contemporary teachings, Brunton developed a philosophy designed to suit the 21st century yet steeped in the greatest wisdom and love provided to humankind—the Wisdom of Pure Mind and the Love of our own Higher Self.
A lifetime of both inner and outer research enabled Brunton to bring the secret teachings of the East to the West and to make them understandable to the heart, mind, and soul. PB, as he liked to be called, uncovered the spiritual truths flowing through all religions and philosophies. His writings provide spiritual seekers of all faiths, as well as independent thinkers, a guide full of beauty and grace that will carry them forward in their quests to reach that greatest of all treasures, their own Higher Self, soul or Overself.
Of particular interest are Paul Brunton’s notebooks which were published after his death. Brunton spent the years from 1952 until his death, writing some 7000 pages of notes in paragraph form. These his students compiled and released as the 16 volume Notebooks of Paul Brunton. Volume One, Perspectives, gives an overview of the 28 different categories which Brunton envisioned for the notebooks.
Here are two quotes from Perspectives:
We must withdraw every thing and thought from the mind except this single thought of trying to achieve the absence of what is not the Absolute. This is called Gnana Yoga: “Neti, Neti” (It is not this), as Sankara called it. And he must go on with this negative elimination until he reaches the stage where a great Void envelops him. If he can succeed in holding resolutely to this Void in sustained concentration — and he will discover it is one of the hardest things in the world to do so — he will abruptly find that it is not a mere mental abstraction but something real, not a dream but the most concrete thing in his experience. Then and then only can he declare positively, “It is This.” For he has found the Overself.
It is not the objects of conscious attention which are to be allowed to trap the mind forever and divert the man from his higher duty. It is the consciousness itself which ought to engage his interest and hold his deepest concentration.