Paul Brunton was born Raphael Hurst and later changed his name to Brunton Paul and then Paul Brunton. He was a British Philosopher, mystic, traveller and guru. He left a journalistic career to live among yogis, mystics and holymen and studied a wide variety of Eastern and Western esoteric teachings. His two important works : In Search of Secret India; Secret Path.
‘What do you want?’ asked Ramakrishna, the illustrious sage who lit up the nineteenth century darkness of India. Replied his famous disciple Swami Vivekananda : ‘I wish to remain immersed in mystic trance for three or four days at a stretch breaking it just to take food.’ Said Ramakrishna : ‘You are a fool! There is a state which is even higher than that.’
Our quest of a valid source of knowledge can come to an end only when it will yield one that is universally and forever unalterable, which will be the same and hold to the same laws of verification at allowed times and in all conditions, not during meditation alone.45