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Inner Reality, The

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First published in the 1930s, this remarkable book interweaves the teachings of two great religious figures: Jesus and Krishna.

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Publisher's Synopsis
Identifying a common current running through both Christianity and Hinduism, Paul Brunton argues that 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.

With his profound interpretations of the world’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 (formerly Discover Yourself) has been updated to incorporate the author's final revisions and includes a foreword by the Paul Brunton Philosophic Foundation.

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"The disingenuous, Jewish journalist Raphael Hurst (aka Paul Brunton) gave lip service to both Ramana Maharshi and Jesus Christ to further his own style within the New Thought Movement (precursor to the New Age Movement) so prevalent in the early 20th century. While Brunton clearly doesn't buy into the Christ 'myth', i.e., the virgin birth, resurrection, etc., he has the self-restraint to censor his disdain. Later in life, Brunton's Notebooks revealed why it was so important to feign respect for the founder of Christianity...

'In The Inner Reality, I have used the words of Jesus as mere pegs on which to hang my own teaching. This follows the example on the ancient religion makers. It has thus helped thousands of Christians, who might otherwise not have been reached by my words, to a higher concept of Truth.'

Remarkably, he flippantly follows that exact same formula with Ramana Maharshi, an unknown hermit mahasiddha whose revelation brought Brunton fame and glory...

'It will therefore be clear to perspicacious readers that I used his [Ramana's] name and attainments as a convenient peg upon which to hang an account of what meditation meant to me. The principal reason for this procedure was that it constituted a convenient literary device to secure the attention and hold the interest of western readers, who would naturally give more serious consideration to such a report of the 'conversion' of a seemingly hard headed critically-minded Western journalist to yoga.'

Thus A Search in Secret India, like The Inner Realty, were just a means to an end. To deliver his own theosophical philosophy to an ignorant world being hoodwinked by Hindu Gurus and Jewish Messiahs."           ~Mandala Books 

Excerpt
"When you achieve the Overself state of unity, the ego, the personal self without dissolution becomes merged into oneness with the Overself. There is no conflict of wills. The ego surrenders: Thy will be done. The personal self is not blotted out. It remains as long as you have your body. But it becomes a channel through which the Overself functions, an agent for the Overself and hence one with it.

Jesus represents the Overself, the Father, and allowed it to function through Him. In essence they are the same, but there is an ultimate difference in appearance. It is not for Himself He holds His sheep. It is for the Father."

Biography
Paul Brunton (1898-1981) was a British philosopher, mystic and traveler. He left a successful journalistic career to live among yogis, mystics and holy men, and studied a wide variety of Eastern and Western esoteric teachings.

As the first person to write accounts of what he learned in the East from a Western perspective, his works had a major influence on the spread of Eastern mysticism to the West.

Author Brunton, Dr. Paul
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 256 pp.
Publisher North Atlantic Books 2016
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