Edited by Jerry Katz
Photo: Paul Brunton
Mark Scorelle and Jeff Cox are the editors of The Short Path to Enlightenment: Instructions for Immediate Awakening, by Paul Brunton. In this interview they define nonduality and tell us about their journeys to nonduality. Then we talk about the book, Paul Brunton, the long path and short path to enlightenment, short path exercises, stabilizing the awakening, marks of a sage, and related topics.
Jeff Cox was the president of Snow Lion Publications for nearly 30 years, specializing in books by the Dalai Lama and Tibetan Buddhism. Snow Lion is now a part of Shambhala Publications which is headquarter right here in Halifax, nova scotia. Since retiring, Jeff now enjoys volunteering for the Paul Brunton Philosophic Foundation, and sharing more time with his wife and partner Christi.
Mark Scorelle came to the Non-Dual teachings through Eckhart Tolle in 2002. He has edited Advaita: The Truth of Non-Duality by V. Subrahmanya Iyer and of course the book we’re talking about in this interview. Mark has also written some articles such as The Cosmic Vision.
Larson Publications writes…
“. . . Read this book as you would a scripture or a sutra and let it open your eyes to eternity.” —Adyashanti
In transparent, jargon-free language, Paul Brunton makes truly accessible the essence of modern and traditional sudden-awakening teachings (Advaita, Zen, Dzogchen, Mahamudra, etc.). He calls them “Short Path” teachings: A simple recognition, a brief moment of grace, can make what seemed like a far-off spiritual goal actual here and now. The Short Path to Enlightenment abounds with inspiring, reliable pointers for how to cultivate these moments.
How to move from the Long Path of spiritual disciplines to the Short Path of direct insight.
Short Path exercises.
Experiences that may occur.
Stages of realization.
Stabilizing the awakening.
The nature of lasting enlightenment.
Here are a couple quotes from The Short Path to Enlightenment:
The time will come when you will have to turn your back upon the Long Path in order to give full attention, the full energy and the full time, to the Short Path. For with this comes a new era when the whole concern is not with the ego, not with its improvement or betterment, but with the divine itself alone–not with the surface consciousness and all its little changes but with the very depths, the diviner depths where reality abides. At this point seek only the Higher Self, live only with positive thought, stay only for as long as you can with the holy silence within, feel only that inner stillness which belongs to the essence of consciousness. Henceforth you are not to become this or that, not to gather the various virtues, but simply to be. For this you do not have to strive, you do not have to think, you do not have to work with any form of yoga, with any method of meditation. (23-1-76)
It is all like a gigantic dream, with every human inserting his own private dream inside the public one. A double spell has to be broken before reality can be glimpsed–the spell which the world lays upon us and that which self lays upon us. The man who has completely awakened from this spell is the man who has gained complete insight. This faculty is nothing other than such full wakefulness. It is immensely difficult to attain, which is why so few of the dreamers ever wake up at all and why so many will not even listen to the revelations of the awakened ones. However, Nature teaches us here as elsewhere not to let patience break down. There is plenty of time in her bag. Life is an evolutionary process. Men will begin to stir in their sleep erratically but increasingly. (20-4-194)