Paul Brunton

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Fast Facts
Other Names and Nicknames: 
Raphael Hurst, Brunton Paul
Main Countries of Activity: 
India, Switzerland, United Kingdom
Date of Birth: 
October 21, 1898
Place of Birth: 
London, United Kingdom
In His/Her Body ("alive"): 
Date Left His/Her Body: 
July 27, 1981
Ancestor Gurus: 


Paul Brunton was born in London in 1898 and after having served in the First World War, started to devote himself to mysticism. He came into contact with Theosophists. In the early 1930s, Brunton embarked on a voyage to India, which would bring him into contact with such luminaries as Meher Baba, Sri Shankaracharya of Kancheepuram and Sri Ramana Maharshi.

Through his books "A Search in Secret India" and "The Secret Path", he is credited with almost singlehandedly opening up to the west to the experience and knowledge of Enlightenment, Awakening, the Absolute, Zen and with introducing Ramana Maharshi to the West.

One day, sitting with Ramana Maharishi, Brunton had a mystical experience which changed him forever. Brunton describes it in the following way:

I find myself outside the rim of world consciousness. The planet which has so far harbored me disappears. I am in the midst of an ocean of blazing light. The latter, I feel rather than think, is the primeval stuff out of which worlds are created, the first state of matter. It stretches away into untellable infinite space, incredibly alive.

After two decades of successful writing, Brunton retired from publishing books and devoted himself to writing essays and notes. Upon his death in 1981 in Vevey, Switzerland, it was revealed that in the period since the last published book in 1952, he had rendered about 20,000 pages of philosophical writing.


Bring again and again into remembrance the fact that you are a pilgrim, that this world is but a camp, and that the situations in which you find yourself, or create for yourself, should be regarded not from the worldly point of view only, but still more from that of this quest of the Overself.

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Books & Media

Recommended Books: 
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A Search in Secret Egypt

by Paul Brunton


Page by page, this deluxe, lavishly illustrated new edition of BruntonOs classic spiritual travelogue shows EgyptOs major splendors, long-hidden temples, underground chambers, shrines, and artifacts as the author saw them in the 1930s and as they are now―along with fascinating inner images of EgyptOs ancient mysteries and enlightening talks with Islamic leaders. Specially designed maps/diagrams trace his footsteps accurately

Recommended Audio: 
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The Notebooks of Paul Brunton

by Paul Brunton

(Audio CD)

A registered art therapist and certified grief counselor created the Children Can Cope series of workbooks to help children work through feelings about traumatic events and changes using art.

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santthosh kumaar's picture

every spiritual seekers in the world who are seeking truth in the east has to be greatful to Paul Brunton.



He was good scholar on Advaita philosophy.