Part 1, The Ego, is a unique and unprecedented contribution to the literature of self-realization. It explains, at an existential rather than psychological level, what ego is, how it works, and its place and role in spiritual life and practice.
Part 2, From Birth to Rebirth, shows the role of death in the ongoing cycle of life, clarifies beliefs about reincarnation, and explores the creative relationships between fate, destiny, and free will.
How could anyone say he experienced the world unless he were separate from it and could interact with it? But this truth must be extended to include his body which, although less obviously so, is something likewise experienced and felt. In his error he identifies himself with his body when there must be an experiencing Principle, something that feels the world and the body as being there and the must therefore be other and apart from them. This Principle is, and can only be, the stable self, the real and permanent of a man.
"The ego is just as powerful whether it is condoned or condemned, for in both cases it keeps the man engaged on a self-centered quest. We must understand that heaven and hell are deep inside the heart and not places to which we go... the true heart of ma
About the Author(s)
Paul Brunton was one of the twentieth century's greatest explorers of the spiritual tradition of the East. He was also a journalist with a healthy regard for critical impartiality and for commonsense. These characteristics together with a rich inner life, made him a superb writer on the spirituality of the Orient.