Early Publications


The Inner Reality: Jesus, Krishna, and the Way of Awakening
by Paul Brunton
978-1-6231-7016-5
   * 253 pp., 6 x 9", $19.95
   * North Atlantic Books
   * eBook also available from major online retailers (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)
   * In addition, a free study guide to The Inner Reality was created by Anna Bornstein and PB.

When Superman actor Christopher Reeve was asked in a BBC interview which book he would want if stranded on a desert island, he replied, "The Inner Reality by the philosopher Paul Brunton."

A provocative and compelling work, The Inner Reality is an essential guide for spiritual seekers. First published in the 1930s, this remarkable book interweaves the teachings of two great religious figures: Jesus and Krishna. Identifying a common current running through both Christianity and Hinduism, Paul Brunton describes how an "inner reality" or "kingdom of heaven" can be found within each of us. Defining religion as simply the practice of binding oneself with divinity, he encourages readers to embark on the quest for self-knowledge and spiritual communion through a commitment to the contemplative path and practices explained in this book.

With his profound interpretations of the wold's sacred texts, from the Gospel of St. John to the Bhagavad Gita, Brunton bridges East and West to guide the reader into the living heart of these ancient traditions.

This new edition has been updated to incorporate the author's final revisions and includes a foreword by the Paul Brunton Philosophic Foundation.

"Paul Brunton was surely one of the finest mystical flowers to grow on the wasteland of our secular civilization. What he has to say important to us all."--Georg Feuerstein, author

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A Search in Secret Egypt: Special Illustrated Edition
by Paul Brunton
A guide to the mysterious, the occult, and the sacred realms of Ancient Egypt
0-943914-98-1
978-0-943914-98-5
    *  82 Original B&W photos taken by Paul Brunton
    * 144 New color photographs
    * 44 Diagrams, drawings, and maps (Karnak, Luxor, Cairo)
    * 7.5" wide x 11.25" high, 303 pp.
    * Fine coated paper
    * Deluxe cloth edition, Normally $110, Special sale $39.96 through Larson Publications

In A Search in Secret Egypt, Paul Brunton experiences the mysteries and magic of Egypt in the 1930s. He explores Egypt's mysticism, temples, and gods for their spiritual significance—including an illuminating and eerie night alone inside the Great Pyramid. Brunton seeks to plumb the furthest reaches of which the mind and body are capable, and to distinguish various forms of yoga and magic—and how they differ from true spirituality, a spirituality that in ancient Egypt was dramatically encountered in the initiation rites performed in its temples for qualified aspirants.

This beautifully illustrated deluxe edition allows you to see what PB saw (sometimes from his own camera!) and literally walk where he walked among the streets of Cairo and the ruins of Karnak. An essential book for anyone interested in understanding the truth of Ancient Egypt.

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A Search in Secret Egypt: New paperback edition
by Paul Brunton
9781583949818
    * Many b&w photos, illustrations, and maps
    * 386 pp., 6 x 9”, $19.95
    * North Atlantic Books
    * eBook also available from major online retailers (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

In A Search in Secret Egypt, Paul Brunton experiences the mysteries and magic of Egypt in the 1930s. He explores Egypt's mysticism, temples, and gods for their spiritual significance—including an illuminating and eerie night alone inside the Great Pyramid. Brunton seeks to plumb the furthest reaches of which the mind and body are capable, and to distinguish various forms of yoga and magic—and how they differ from true spirituality, a spirituality that in ancient Egypt was dramatically encountered in the initiation rites performed in its temples for qualified aspirants.

Along the way,Brunton meets a variety of occultists, fakirs, dervishes and an adept, and even manages to become initiated into the deadly art of snake charming. His frank interviews with Muslim leaders are relevant today, and his description of the Hajj reflects the beauty and inspiring faith of Muhammad's true followers.

In the end, Brunton turns his attention to his own spiritual path, connecting all of his experiences in the discovery that we are more than the body and that the freedom of our spirit can be experienced here and now.

This new, updated edition includes additional images from PB's collection, as well as the text corrections that he gave us at the end of his life.

"Paul Brunton was a great original and got to a place of personal evolution that illumines the pathways of a future humanity."—Jean Houston, author of A Passion for the Possible and A Mythic Life

"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, author of What Is God? 

A Night Inside the Great Pyramid” is an excerpt posted on the publishers' website.

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The Secret Path
by Paul Brunton
1844130401
978-1844130405
   * £10.99, 175 pp., 21.2 x 13.4 x 1.6 cm
   * Rider Publications, United Kingdom

This is the first of the ten books that PB wrote written and published during his lifetime. In spite of its small size, PB manages to cover a good deal of ground. He introduces us to his own mystical experiences and his awareness of the teachings and teachers of the East. Indeed, the book opens with an exquisite (and accurate) description of being in the presence of a sage. From this mystical opening, he comes quickly back to 'this old world' as he calls it-where he begins his presentation of the fundamental teachings and practices of the spiritual quest.

While this is a mystical, lyrical book, it is aimed at those of us limited by time and obligations from fully devoting ourselves to such topics. Thus his recommendations for meditation, relaxation, the development of intuition, and even awareness of our own higher self, are all couched in the context of 'the rest of our lives.' This book is the beginning of PB's lifelong goal to provide direct, lucid, and viable practices for the active lifestyle of modern urban dwellers. He did not want to waste people's time by requiring them to learn the outmoded vocabulary of ancient texts, preferring instead to transform the truths buried there into their essence, stripped of nomenclature and freed from unnecessary ritualistic access. (This is not to say that PB ignores the need for self-improvement and purification, merely that he suggests we are capable of such undertakings independent of antiquated tradition.)

Since its writing some seventy-five years ago, the pace of life has increased, and our opportunity for introspection has further diminished-and so this book has become more relevant, more useful over time, and its quiet, objective message is absolutely worth the time it takes to ponder over the message of its pages.

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A Search in Secret India
by Paul Brunton
9781844130436
   * £12.99, 320 pp., 21.7 x 13.9 x 2.4 cm
   * Rider Publications, United Kingdom

This is PB's most famous and often-read book. It is indeed a search in India and holds the secret of spiritual seeking for those who would read it carefully. The text is a modified account of PB's earliest trips to India, combining his earliest impressions with his later reflections on his experiences there. PB describes himself here as a spiritual seeker trying to find a teacher and trying to decide if he wants or needs one. This search is the core of the book, motivating him to travel across the length and breadth of India interviewing known and unknown, named and unnamed yogis, fakirs, and gurus.

Among the individuals PB describes, two stand out: first the remarkable sage Ramana Maharshi, who was regarded by all who met him as an enlightened being and remained free of any controversy throughout his life. In these pages PB presents an inspiring account of the sage's life and introduces us to his essential teachings as well. PB spent a great deal of time with Ramana and is credited with bringing this great Teacher to the attention of Western seekers. The other individual that PB met was Sri Shankaracarya; here he tells us something of the background and mission of His Holiness and provides us with a record of their earliest interview, which remains poignantly relevant to today's seekers and today's world.

Finally, the most important aspect of this book is its function as the archetypal blueprint of the quest for a spiritual teacher-be it in India, Ohio, or in one's own heart. PB presents us with a compendium of all the problems and opportunities such a search must encounter. These include the issue of dealing with over-eager disciples who may be well-disguised messengers of truth or mere fanatics; the challenge of differentiating the public image of a popular guru from the truth-or falsity-of the man himself; the experience of opportunely meeting a genuine teacher, only to find that he or she is not one's own teacher; and finally, there is the fundamental battle within oneself as to whether or not to accept a teacher, much less to do this whole spiritual quest thing in the first place! PB does not present us with pat answers, but he does provide us with ways to approach each of these facets of our search and methods that will leave our independence intact, our aspiration renewed, and our yearning deepened.

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A Hermit in the Himalayas
by Paul Brunton
1844130428
978-1844130429
   * £11.99, 192 pp., 13.7 x 21.5 cm
   * Rider Publications, United Kingdom

Often overlooked, this is the third of PB's narrative books, following upon the heels of his two Searches. It is the most lyrical, mystical, and personal of all his published writings. It provides a way-station between the first phase of PB's writings, which are largely introductory, and his subsequent, more intellectual phase, which culminates in The Hidden Teaching Beyond Yoga and The Wisdom of the Overself-whose necessary dryness and rigor will require us to have our wits and energy about us. Before we essay that task, we are invited to retreat a while, and plumb the depths of our own hearts with Nature as our guide and companion. For it is here that we find PB's record of his own journey into his Overself, a journey that is mirrored by his trek into the high Himalayas, his isolation there, and his reflections on the world below.

Scattered amongst the anecdotes of his travels and visitors, are mini-essays in which PB examines the (then current) events of the outer world and extracts their lessons to the philosopher. While the events themselves are long gone, their ilk (war, politics, fame, and infamy) are still well within our kin. For example, one chapter is titled "On Philosophy and Fun-Reflections on Mr. Charles Chaplin-His Silent Art and Genius;" and while Mr. Chaplin is no more, his is an ever recurring role in our popular consciousness. Such is PB's skill as an author that we find his observations of these events and personalities fresh and useful today.

Alongside these retrospective musings, PB has a few encounters with various visitors to his high camp, bringing with them interesting interludes of spiritual conversation and anecdotes of their own adventures. Even so, this book is rather more about Nature than Humankind. He befriends a fly, studies meditation from an ancient tree, and confronts a hunting panther, all with equal curiosity and poise. His descriptions of the surrounding mountains and their denizens is at once inspired and inspiring-inspiring us to seek our own communion with Nature and perhaps essay a trek into her hidden, sacred places. Like the Chinese Mountain Sage Han Shan, PB focuses on the ordinary things of life, and, as the outer world diminishes in its importance, takes us a little ways within ourselves, even as he withdraws deeper and deeper into himself.

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The Quest of the Overself
by Paul Brunton
184413041X
978-1844130412
   * £11.99, 192 pp., 13.7 x 21.5 cm
   * £13.99, 352 pp., 21.2 x 13.4 x 2.8 cm

The Quest of the Overself explicates meditation practices and mental exercises for the Western reader, defines the Overself, and outlines a specific approach to the spiritual quest.  At the outset PB explains that he has chosen the term Overself to refer to our soul, our higher self.  Unfortunately, these more familiar terms are inevitably colored by religion and our own unexamined belief that we know what to what they are referring.  PB tells us that he has conjured this new term because he wants us to start afresh, to really want to ask the question, "What exactly is this deeper 'I' within me?"  He provides the reader with methods to answer this question, as well as to achieve serenity of mind and control of thought and to experience the rewards of meditation.

The book is divided into two Parts: "The Analyses" and "The Practices."  In Part One, PB analyzes the physical, emotional, and intellectual self, focusing on the spiritual development that can take place with each.  This section is a thorough and accurate expansion of Sri Ramana Maharshi's "Who Am I?" exercise, and if put into practice, it will provide the seeker with the direct mystical experience of the "answer" to this enquiry.

In Part Two, PB balances the effort of enquiry with that of developing the very phases of our identity from which we aim to become detached.  This second phase is the crucial difference between mysticism and philosophy, between those who seek spiritual development for themselves alone and those who are preparing to share the fruit of their labors with the greater (and less fortunate) population of humankind.  To this end PB provides instruction for emotional refinement, mental mastery, the path of self-inquiry, and addresses mysteries of the breath, eye, heart, and Overself.  The final chapters describe the extraordinary power and presence of the Overself, its practical guidance, and its sacred residence within our hearts.  In later years, PB said that one could discover and maintain an awareness of the Overself through reliance on the techniques incorporated in this book alone-although he also said that this was only the true beginning of the quest, a quest which would and should last lifetimes.

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Definitive editions of The Hidden Teaching Beyond Yoga & The Wisdom of the Overself have now been republished by North Atlantic Books in Berkeley, California.  These updated editions contain all the changes and corrections made by Paul Brunton before his death as well as relevant quotes from The Notebooks of Paul Brunton that provide additional material for understanding these texts. When PB wrote these two books, he intended for them to be two volumes of a single work but prior treatments made them seem separate. We have now been able to have them designed as a pair and give them the singular subtitle: The Path to Self-Realization and Philosophic Insight, v.1 & 2.

The Hidden Teaching Beyond Yoga: The Path to Self-Realization and Philosophic Insight, v.1
by Paul Brunton
9781583949108
   * $21.95, 520 pp., 6 x 9”
   * North Atlantic Books 2015
   * eBook also available from major online retailers (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

“Paul Brunton…has sought to throw a bridge across the chasm which separates yoga and pure ancient philosophy for searchers in the West.”—Dallas Times-Herald

Inspired by his time spent with sages in Asia in the 1930s, Paul Brunton wrote The Hidden Teaching Beyond Yoga (volume 1) and The Wisdom of the Overself (volume 2) to fulfill the request of these remarkable teachers who recognized that Brunton had a significant role to play in the transmission of traditional wisdom to the West. Here is a profound re-creation of these teachings, brought to life and made accessible by the brilliance of Brunton's insights. Clearly written, the books speak directly to the contemporary spiritual seeker.

The Hidden Teaching Beyond Yoga is a step-by-step guide to realizing the fact that our experienced world is not material but composed entirely of consciousness. Brunton's expert analysis of perception, grounded in science, is designed to awaken us to our sacred foundation and to transform our personality into a mirror of that reality. He prepares us for this journey by describing the attitudes, mental disciplines, and character traits that are essential for success in this quest.

This new edition has been updated to incorporate the author's final revisions. It includes a new introduction plus supplementary reading material selected from the author's archives by the Paul Brunton Philosophic Foundation.

Here is an excerpt posted on the publishers' website where PB explains the significance of expanding the inquiry "Who am I?" into "What am I?"

Paul Brunton (1898-1981) is generally recognized as having introduced yoga and meditation to the West. His writings are among the most popular and authoritative sources of information on Eastern philosophies and meditation systems.

“… goes to the very roots of the mysteries of Yoga and the mysteries of modern materialistic sciences.”—New Book Digest

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The Wisdom of the Overself: The Path to Self-Realization and Philosophic Insight, v.2
by Paul Brunton
9781583949146
   * 592 pp., $21.95, 6 x 9”
   * North Atlantic Books 2015
   * eBook also available from major online retailers (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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

Inspired by his time spent with sages in Asia in the 1930s, Paul Brunton wrote The Hidden Teaching Beyond Yoga (volume 1) and The Wisdom of the Overself (volume 2) to fulfill the request of these remarkable teachers who recognized that Brunton had a significant role to play in the transmission of traditional wisdom to the West. Here is a profound re-creation of these teachings, brought to life and made accessible by Brunton's insights. In print since the 1940s, they are considered to be among the most comprehensive, clear, and practical guides on the path to enlightenment.

In this volume, Brunton unfolds the grand vision for human development through an exploration of:
 
*Consciousness as the source of all experience
*Workings of karma and destiny, free will and grace
*Individuality and witness consciousness
*Lessons and mystic potentials of dream and deep sleep
*The passage through death to the next life
*Nature and lessons of evil and suffering
*The Overself and the Mind of the World

He also provides seven ultramystic exercises, including a healing meditation on the sun for self and others, a meditation on the timeless self, and practices utilizing past and future as well as dream and sleep. These techniques lead to the deepest spiritual realizations, to the true “Wisdom of the Overself.”

This new edition has been updated to incorporate the author's final revisions. It includes a new foreword plus supplementary reading material selected from the author's archives by the Paul Brunton Philosophic Foundation.

Here is an excerpt posted on the publishers' website where PB explains the law of karma.

Paul Brunton (1898-1981) is generally recognized as having introduced yoga and meditation to the West. His writings are among the most popular and authoritative sources of information on Eastern philosophies and meditation systems.

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