07-23-19 Instructions for Spiritual Living, Author Paul Brunton, as shared by Editor Jeff Cox
No matter where we are in our spiritual development, we all have questions about our practice and what we are experiencing—both the challenges and opportunities. How can I overcome my struggles to meditate more deeply? Is there a need for a guru or can I rely on myself? Can I trust my intuition? Is it possible to hear the “Inner Word,” the voice of the soul, and how can I be sure that’s what I’m hearing? Is the Higher Self in the heart?
Offering trustworthy answers to these and many more questions, renowned spiritual teacher Paul Brunton provides instructions to guide one’s development in three fundamental areas of the spiritual path: meditation, self-examination, and the unfolding of awakening. Guiding you with insight and care through each stage of meditation, including advanced states that deepen one’s inner life, he explains how meditation is the art and practice of introverting attention, of freeing oneself for a period of time from thoughts, sensations, and feelings and allowing the soul to reveal itself out of the quiet that one has created. He explains the goal of each meditative stage and the obstacles you are likely to face and examines the need for spiritual dependency on any particular guru, teaching, or practice, showing that following your intuition can bring spiritual success.
Including writings received by the Paul Brunton Philosophic Foundation after his death, this guide offers transformative wisdom to aid our understanding of what the spiritual journey entails, help point the way when the way is uncertain, and learn and grow from the challenges that arise as you develop spiritually.
About the Author: Paul Brunton (1898—1981) is widely esteemed for creatively integrating the world’s spiritual teachings and meditation systems into a clear, practical approach best-suited for contemporary life. He is the author of more than 10 books, including the bestselling A Search in Secret India, which introduced Ramana Maharshi to the West.
Editor Jeff Cox,
While in college, Jeff Cox was guided to the teachings of Paul Brunton. In the early 70’s, he moved to the area around Ithaca, New York, where he and many other students studied with Anthony Damiani who was a close student of Brunton’s. Guided by Anthony’s inspiration, Jeff helped to build Wisdom’s Goldenrod, a center for spiritual study, and lived there for five years as a resident “monk.”
Later, as a devotee of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Jeff was instrumental in establishing Snow Lion Publications as the major publisher of Tibetan Buddhism. After nearly thirty years, he retired as president/co-owner in 2012.
Since then he became a board member of the Paul Brunton Philosophic Foundation, which is the principle guardian of Brunton’s literary legacy. His publishing background has been put to use in editing and publication of Brunton’s unpublished writing—the latest effort is the recently released Instructions for Spiritual Living. Jeff lives in Ithaca, NY.