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  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Rider & Co; New impression edition (Oct. 1970)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091055717
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091055714
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 13.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,151,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The safest and most rational exploration of Eastern metaphysics and mental discipline I have read' Spectator --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Born in London in 1898, Paul Brunton published thirteen books between 1935 and 1952. He is generally recognized as having introduced yoga and meditation to the West, and for presenting their philosophical background in non-technical language. He died in Switzerland (where he lived for 20 years) in 1981. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Linda Slater on 21 Sept. 2009
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All Brunton books are a must if our world is to become what it should be. This particular title is a masterpiece which represents solid, authentic spiritual teaching for anyone taking their first step on this wonderful journey. My experiences have been similar to that of Dr Brunton and for that reason alone may I, with humility, totally endorse his writings. Namaste
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By murali on 7 July 2013
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This is something wonderful to read and to realise a lot from this writer. I have almost all of his books and especially the he has written called Search in India
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Sage Paul Brunton 12 Feb. 2002
By Alfredo Delregato - Published on
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Paul Brunton is one of the greatest sages recently produced by the West. I pair him with Plotinus. His books should be studied, more than read. "The Quest of the Overself", however a great book, is just a a starter to his later developed concept of mentalism (akin to Bishop Berkeley's philosophy but more in the line of the Upanishads and other Christian esoteric teachings). The reader is advised to continue to "The Hidden Teaching Beyong Yoga", and then "The Wisdom of the Overself". After that Brunton wrote "The Spiritual Crisis of Modern Man", and literally went into seclusion in Switzerland until his death at the age of 81. He left thousands of written pages to his disciple Anthony Damiani (deceased), who had sent Paul Cash (alive and running the Paul Brunton Philosophical Foundation and Larson Publications), to help Brunton in his last days. All his later writings are in "paras" (terse paragraphs, similar to Sutras).
What else to say? Paul Brunton traveled and experienced the spiritual path. His message is universal, however he had tried to bring together East and West, it is above and beyond geographical locality. I respectfully and gratefully bow to Him!
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Further Insight into Self 4 Jun. 2001
By CCD - Published on
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It would be appropriate to point out that one needs to read and apply the teachings of Paul Brunton's earlier book `The Secret Path' before one can fully appreciate this book. Paul Brunton attempts to bring the eastern methods of attaining oneness with God to the western world using techniques that are appropriate in this day and age. The eastern methods of renouncing materialism and other worldly temptations are no longer practical in this day and age.
The author expands on the teachings provided in the book 'The Secret Path', which I feel would be greatly helpful to the beginner. He devotes individual chapters that give greater detail to the analysis of physical self, emotional self and intellectual self. He also provides additional techniques to help the meditative process that were missing (for a reason) in his earlier book. Though I have read various books, the bible, books by Rudolph Steiner, books about Edgar Cayce's readings, and come across the term `I AM', this was the first book that actually gave me an explanation that made sense to me.The chapter `The Overself in Action' is a chapter that I hold especially dear to my heart. It describes the gradual changes that one will experience, some of which I can attest to. It brings new meaning to many of Jesus's words in the bible.
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For me this book was a great escape... 11 May 2000
By "loupgris77" - Published on
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Following this guy around on his spiritual journey was both riveting and calming at the same time. I think he exaggerated some experiences at times but that did not detract from the more personal & compelling passages. The author is very sincere in his quest and his writing style brings life to the amazing people he meets and writes about. The detailed references made to that particular time in the world make the book even more interesting. His exchanges with his final master the maharshi are partcularly fascinating and impart timeless wisdom. I really enjoyed this book - it was charming to read and a great antidote to my usual cynicism.
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Review of the Quest of the Overself 27 July 2010
By Vijai Singhal - Published on
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I have just started to read this excellent book by Paul Brunton. I am enjoying it. I am happy that I did buy this book. It is an excellent value for all those who are seeking eternal peace and lasting happiness in this troubled world.
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A Brilliant 'must read' classic! 11 Sept. 2012
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With so much "new age" reviews of the Higher Self, or the Divine Self, it is important for serious students to also read the old masters, such as Paul Brunton. This book is old, but well worth the read. He clearly outlines all the major points of understanding the overself/higher self and gives the reader a good grounding in the basics. Avoid, if you can, all the new writings until you have read the old masters, such as Brunton, and then you'll have a deeper understanding of the subject-matter!
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