Miscellaneous Writings of Paul Brunton
This section contains writings of PB that were published in various places.
a) The Mystery of Evil was originally published in PB’s Essays on the Quest. The topic of evil has already been touched upon in The Hidden Teaching Beyond Yoga, The Wisdom of the Overself , and in The Spiritual Crisis of Man. In the following essay, Paul Brunton discusses what was formerly not addressed in those texts, and what needs reinforcing that was in them. Indeed, the author goes further and asserts that not only are there visible and ordinary instruments of evil which are so apparent all around us, but also unseen ones—evil spirits, in fact.
b) Introduction to Practical Yoga Ancient and Modern by Ernest Wood
Published in the 1940's, Ernest Wood asked PB to write an introduction to his book which is included here.
c) Indian Philosophy and Modern Culture by Paul Brunton
Published in 1939 by E.P. Dutton & Co. in New York and also by Rider and Company in the United Kingdom, Indian Philosophy and Modern Culture was widely read and recognized, along with Brunton's other early books, as one of the first presentations of Eastern wisdom in Western terms. This book was his dissertation, required for his Ph.D. Paul Brunton received his Ph.D. from McKinley-Roosevelt Graduate College in 1938, as can be seen on his graduate certificate.
PB dedicated his thesis to V. Subrahmanya Iyer, one of India's great philosophers, who highly regarded PB's work.
This is a collection/selection from the PB archive that, when completed, will include well over 2000 authorities and personalities which are referenced in The Notebooks of Paul Brunton and in his unpublished material. This selection has come from a few of the nearly 200 files we have of PB's work! At the end of each selection is an archival reference identifier for its location in the PB archive. Additional biographical information has come from a number of sources including Wikipedia. The present file now includes references "A" through "R", and we are updating it regularly with new entries in the "A" through "R" section as well as filling out the remaining alphabetical list. (If you have looked at this file before, you might have to refresh your browser to see the updated file.)
What many people who have read PB are unlikely to know is that he researched extensively the writings of others. His recommended reading list would fill a small library!
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e) My Tour among the Yogis is an article and autobiographical sketch that PB wrote for the London Forum in 1934 just after the appearance of his very popular A Search in Secret India. He reveals some little-known personal details about growing up in London.
f) Early Essays, Book Reviews, and a Poem by Paul Brunton were published in The Occult Review (London) from 1919 to 1936. These seven pieces give us an interesting glimpse of the young PB.