Author: Paul BruntonMunagala Venkataramiah/Translator(s)/ Editors(s): A R NatarajanPublisher: Sri RamanasramamYear: 2015Language: EnglishPages: 198ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788182881785
This is the fourth revised edition of Conscious Immortality first published in 1983. It is a record of conversations and observations made by Paul Brunoton and Mungala S. Veskataramiah, the complier of Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi During the second half of the 1930s. Just over half the record in Conscious Immortality can also be found in talks.Since Brunton's notebook is a historical document, the ashram has reprinted the notebook adhering as closely as possible to its original format and style. The editing has been minimal.There is a wealth of instruction in the notebook and the devotees can gain immeasurably from this new edition.The title Conscious Immortality originates from a phrase in the notebook of Paul Brunton that was presented to the ashram in 1983 by his son, Kenneth Hurst. The ashram decided to publish the notebook immediately and presented the first copy to Mr. Hurst during his ashram visit in 1983. Due to the pressure of time, the work was hastily edited and contained a number of typing errors. A second improved edition was printed a few years later with some additional material from another source. A third edition was published in 1996 that focused primarily on arranging the subject matter according to topics rather than retaining the page order found in the original notebook. For various reasons, it was decided that Conscious Immortality should not be republished.It was claimed the original manuscript was lost at the printers in Bangalore during the first press run. However, in those days before photocopy machines, a Ramana devotee managed to type out the entire manuscript before it went to Bangalore and this became the basis of the third, completely revised edition and this fourth, entirely new edition.It is unfortunate the original manuscript was lost because we would have had a clearer idea of what was removed from the manuscript. Some chapters are quite short and abrupt with pages missing, while some of the original chapters are entirely absent. It was reported that Kenneth Hurst also cut out some passages that dealt with Brunton Personally.
Contents1. Beyond Yoga2. Fallacies of Religion3. The Meaning of Religion4. The Meaning of Mysticism5. The Meaning of Philosophy6. The Intellect7. Characteristics of Philosophic Discipline8. Philosophy of Sensation and Perception9. Illusions of Space, Time and Externality10. The Doctrine of Mentalism11. The Illusion of world Experience12. The Illusion of Ego Experience13. Avasthatraya14. The Ultimate as Truth15. Practical Philosophy16. Sagehood as an Ideal17. The Doctrine of Non-Causality18. The Mind19. The Ultimate as Reality20. The Need of Ultra Mysticism21. Eastern and Western Thinkers