Part 1, "Human Experience" explores the spiritual lessons implicit in daily living, the need for educational reforms, the causes and purposes of personal suffering, special problems and opportunities of youth and age, problems of marriage and relationship, and how to convert contemporary crises into opportunities for dramatic spiritual growth. Part 2, "The Arts in Culture", reverently explores the role of the Beautiful in human culture, with sections on inspired art, creativity, genius, and the relationship of art and spiritual life.
Paul Brunton helps us hear the melody behind the medley of today's "spiritual marketplace." His late writings raise the bar for what we can expect of spiritual teachings and teachers, and what we can do for ourselves. Born in London in 1898, he soon became a leading pioneer of much of what we now take for granted. He traveled widely throughout the world (long before it was fashionable) to meet living masters of various traditions with whom he then lived and studied. His eleven early books from 1934-1952 shared much of what he learned, and helped set the stage for dramatic east-west exchanges of the late 20th century.