Part 1, "The Religious Urge", carefully distinguishes the heart's ineradicable religious instinct from cultural trappings and conventional religious forms. It also evaluates services and dis-services of institutional religion and points to ways in which the current spiritual impulse is likely to unfold. Part 2, "The Reverential Life", gives an individualised, practical approach to honest communion with the sacred through intelligent devotion, reverence, prayer, and mature humility. It features a section on what Grace is, and how it can open us to the sacredness of each moment of 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.