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Paul Brunton

Paul Brunton is the pen name of Raphael Hurst (21 October 1898 – 27 July 1981), a British author of spiritual books. He is best known as one of the early popularizers of Neo-Hindu spiritualism in western esotericism, notably via his bestselling A Search in Secret India (1934) which has been translated into over 20 languages.

Brunton was a proponent of a doctrine of "Mentalism", or Oriental Mentalism to distinguish it from subjective idealism of the western tradition. Brunton expounds his doctrine of Mentalism in The Hidden Teaching Beyond Yoga (1941, new ed. 2015 North Atlantic Books), The Wisdom of the Overself (1943, new ed. 2015 North Atlantic Books) and in the posthumous publication of The Notebooks of Paul Brunton in 16 volumes (Larson Publications, 1984–88).

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Some of their strengths

Paul Brunton has many admirable traits.

Based on spiritual traditions from around the world, they are someone who can be described as Altruistic, Selfless, Adventurous, Energetic, Generous, Honest, and Perseverent.

Adventurous and Independent

According to Mysticism’s Astrology tradition, Paul Brunton is someone who is an adventurous, independent, and energetic person, who is insightful, imaginative, generous, and honest. A person who defines themself by their friends and what groups they belong to.

Strong and Resilient

Based on Daoism’s Ba-Zi or ‘Chinese Zodiac’ tradition, people who know Paul Brunton well know them as someone who can be strong, expansive, and stable like a big tree.

Organized and Achievement-oriented

According to Hinduism’s Jyotisha or ‘Vedic Astrology’ tradition, many would also describe Paul Brunton as someone who is organized, goal-oriented, practical, and persevering.

Who is hardworking, intellectual, and easygoing, who loves higher education and learning and sharing ideas with others, and who loves healthy competition.

Realistic and Skillful

Based on the Mayan Tzolk’in or ‘Mayan Astrology’ tradition, Paul Brunton is someone who is able to separate emotions from reality, see the world in terms of right or wrong, and who is very good at getting things done.

They are also someone who is reflective, mysterious, and purposeful, who enjoys quiet and solo work, and who thrives in positions where there is no need to report to someone else.

Optimistic and Quick-witted

According to Judaism’s Kabbalah tradition, Paul Brunton tends to be someone who is optimistic and spontaneous, and who has a clear and analytical mind. Who can be witty, with a happy-go-lucky- nature that makes others cheerful, and who possesses an adventurous zest for life.

Some of Paul Brunton's challenges

While Paul Brunton has many strengths, nobody is perfect. They also have some challenging traits they need to manage.

For example, Paul Brunton can be Stubborn, Impulsive, Careless, Idle, Rebellious, Emotionally Distant, and Callous.

Impulsive and Careless

One of Paul Brunton's key challenges is that they are someone who can be impulsive and careless.

Paul Brunton must also exercise caution as they can have a hard time reconciling wants and needs, and can have difficulty dealing with responsibility, authority, or criticism.

Callous and Selfish

Paul Brunton is someone who can be standoffish, pessimistic, and ruthless, who can have difficulty concentrating and be impatient, can have difficulty discovering the keys to personal contentment, and who can have a tendency to overwork and hoard wealth and possessions.

Irritable and Callous

Finally, Paul Brunton also can be short-tempered, childish, insensitive, and careless at times.

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