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ANNIE BESANT - Author

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Die Bruderschaft der Religionen

Die Bruderschaft der Religionen

Author: Annie Besant Format: eBook Release Date: 15/06/2018

Aus dem Inhalt:Es gibt nur eine Religion: Gotteserkenntnis. Alle Bekenntnisse sind ste eines Stammes, ste von dem Baum des Lebens, der seine Wurzeln im Himmel hat und dessen Zweige sich im Reich der Menschen ausbreiten. Die Wurzel des Lebensbaumes ist Weisheit - nicht Glaube, noch Hoffnung, sondern Gewissheit - d. h. es wird dem Menschen Gotteserkenntnis zum persnlichen inneren Erlebnis. Und das ist das ewige Leben. Von einem jeden Zweig des Lebensbaumes lassen sich Blten zum Wohl der Menschheit pflcken. Niemand sollte verneinen, was einem anderen als Wahrheit gilt, knnte es doch sein, dass der andere Wahrheiten erkennt, die den brigen verborgen bleiben. Mchte aber auch niemand seine eigene, persnliche Anschauung anderen aufdrngen wollen. Daraus kann niemals Gutes kommen. Wie es fr unser System nur eine Sonne gibt und jede Energie der Erde Sonnenenergie ist, wie eine Sonne die ganze Welt belebt, so lebt auch ein Selbst in allen Wesen. Es gibt nur eine Art der Gotteslsterung - den Gott in der Menschenbrust zu leugnen. Nur eine Hresie, die der Sonderung, wenn man sagt: "e;Ich bin von dir verschieden. Wir sind nicht eins."e; Um die Welt zu erlsen, bedarf es mehr denn des Altruismus, wie edel er auch sei. Wohl mgen wir es lernen, selbstlos zu denken und zu handeln, allein wir sind nicht bis zum Hchsten vorgedrungen, solange wir nicht sagen knnen: "e;Es gibt keine andere. Mein Selbst lebt in allen Wesen."e; Wenn dereinst alle Menschen dies sagen werden, wird das goldene Zeitalter hereingebrochen sein. Sagt es hier und dort vereinzelt ein Mensch, so wird dessen Gegenwart, wohin er auch gehe, segensreich wirken. Wir sind Brder, und mehr noch als Brder, denn Brder haben einen gemeinsamen Vater, wir aber haben ein gemeinsames Selbst. Mchten wir daher in allem rings um uns die Herrlichkeit des Selbstes erkennen und eingedenk sein, dass, das Selbst im Niedrigsten zu leugnen, es leugnen heit in uns selbst und in Gott. Inhalt:Die Bruderschaft der Religionen. Symbole. Gemeinsame Lehren. Gemeinsame Erzhlungen. Gemeinsame Ethik. Erstverffentlichung: Leipzig 1908Umfang: ca. 30 Buchseiten2. E-Book-Auflage 2018

Yoga Introduction

Yoga Introduction

Author: Annie Besant Format: eBook Release Date: 24/05/2018

These lectures are intended to give an outline of Yoga, in order to prepare the student to take up, for practical purposes, the Yoga sutras of Patanjali, the chief treatise on Yoga. I have on hand, with my friend Bhagavan Das as collaborateur, a translation of these Sutras, with Vyasa's commentary, and a further commentary and elucidation written in the light of Theosophy. To prepare the student for the mastering of that more difficult task, these lectures were designed; hence the many references to Patanjali. They may, however, also serve to give to the ordinary lay reader some idea of the Science of sciences, and perhaps to allure a few towards its study.

Introduction to Yoga

Introduction to Yoga

Author: Annie Besant Format: eBook Release Date: 01/05/2018

THE NATURE OF YOGA In this first discourse we shall concern ourselves with the gaining of a general idea of the subject of Yoga, seeking its place in nature, its own character, its object in human evolution. THE MEANING OF THE UNIVERSE: Let us, first of all, ask ourselves, looking at the world around us, what it is that the history of the world signifies. When we read history, what does the history tell us? It seems to be a moving panorama of people and events, but it is really only a dance of shadows; the people are shadows, not realities, the kings and statesmen, the ministers and armies; and the events the battles and revolutions, the rises and falls of states Aare the most shad-owlike dance of all. Even if the historian tries to go deeper, if he deals with economic conditions, with social organisations, with the study of the tendencies of the currents of thought, even then he is in the midst of shadows, the illusory shadows cast by unseen realities. This world is full of forms that are illusory, and the values are all wrong, the proportions are out of focus. The things which a man of the world thinks valuable, a spiritual man must cast aside as worthless. The diamonds of the world, with their glare and glitter in the rays of the outside sun, are mere fragments of broken glass to the man of knowledge. The crown of the king, the sceptre of the emperor, the triumph of earthly power, are less than nothing to the man who has had one glimpse of the majesty of the Self. What is, then, real? What is truly valuable? Our answer will be very different from the answer given by the man of the world. "e;The universe exists for the sake of the Self."e; Not for what the outer world can give, not for control over the objects of desire, not for the sake even of beauty or pleasure, does the Great Architect plan and build His worlds. He has filled them with objects, beautiful and pleasure-giving. The great arch of the sky above, the mountains with snow-clad peaks, the valleys soft with verdure and fragrant with blossoms, the oceans with their vast depths, their surface now calm as a lake, now tossing in fury, they all exist, not for the objects themselves, but for their value to the Self. Not for themselves because they are anything in themselves but that the purpose of the Self may be served, and His manifestations made possible.

Path to Discipleship

Path to Discipleship

Author: Annie Besant Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/08/2017

Thought-Forms

Thought-Forms

Author: Annie Besant Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/08/2017

Thought Power Its Control & Culture.

Thought Power Its Control & Culture.

Author: Annie Besant Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/08/2017

Thought Power Its Control & Culture.

Thought Power Its Control & Culture.

Author: Annie Besant Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/08/2017

Thought Power Its Control & Culture.

Thought Power Its Control & Culture.

Author: Annie Besant Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/08/2017

Thought-Forms

Thought-Forms

Author: Annie Besant Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/08/2017

An Introduction to Yoga

An Introduction to Yoga

Author: Annie Besant Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/08/2017

Death-and After?

Death-and After?

Author: Annie Besant Format: eBook Release Date: 02/01/2017

The human body is constantly undergoing a process of decay and of reconstruction. First builded into the etheric form in the womb of the mother, it is built up continually by the insetting of fresh materials. With every moment tiny molecules are passing away from it; with every moment tiny molecules are streaming into it. The outgoing stream is scattered over the environment, and helps to rebuild bodies of all kinds in the mineral, vegetable, animal, and human kingdoms, the physical basis of all these being one and the same.The idea that the human tabernacle is built by countless lives, just in the same way as the rocky crust of our Earth was, has nothing repulsive in it for the true mystic.... Science teaches us that the living as well as the dead organism of both man and animal are swarming with bacteria of a hundred various kinds; that from without we are threatened with the invasion of microbes with every breath we draw, and from within by leucomaines, robes, robes, anrobes, and what not. But Science never yet went so far as to assert with the Occult Doctrine that our bodies, as well as those of animals, plants, and stones, are themselves altogether built up of such beings, which, except larger species, no microscope can detect. So far as regards the purely animal and material portion of man, Science is on its way to discoveries that will go far towards corroborating this theory. Chemistry and physiology are the two great magicians of the future, who are destined to open the eyes of mankind to the great physical truths. With every day, the identity between the animal and physical man, between the plant and man, and even between the reptile and its nest, the rock, and man, is more and more clearly shown. The physical and chemical constituents of all being found to be identical, chemical Science may well say that there is no difference between the matter which composes the ox and that which forms man. But the Occult Doctrine is far more explicit. It says: Not only the chemical compounds are the same, but the same infinitesimal invisible lives compose the atoms of the bodies of the mountain and the daisy, of man and the ant, of the elephant, and of the tree which shelters him from the sun. Each particle-whether you call it organic or inorganic-is a life.6These "e;lives"e; which, separate and independent, are the minute vehicles of Prna, aggregated together form the molecules and cells of the physical body, and they stream in and stream out, during all the years of bodily life, thus forming a continual bridge between man and his environment. Controlling these are the "e;Fiery Lives,"e; the Devourers, which constrain these to their work of building up the cells of the body, so that they work harmoniously and in order, subordinated to the higher manifestation of life in the complex organism called Man. These Fiery Lives on our plane correspond, in this controlling and organising function, with the One Life of the Universe,7 and when they no longer exercise this function in the human body, the lower lives run rampant, and begin to break down the hitherto definitely organised body. During bodily life they are marshalled as an army; marching in regular order under the command of a general, performing various evolutions, keeping step, moving as a single body. At "e;Death"e; they become a disorganised and tumultuous mob, rushing hither and thither, jostling each other, tumbling over each other, with no common object, no generally recognised authority. The body is never more alive than when it is dead; but it is alive in its units, and dead in its totality; alive as a congeries, dead as an organism.

Thought-Forms

Thought-Forms

Author: Annie Besant, C. W. LEADBEATER Format: eBook Release Date: 27/12/2016

As knowledge increases, the attitude of science towards the things of the invisible world is undergoing considerable modification. Its attention is no longer directed solely to the earth with all its variety of objects, or to the physical worlds around it; but it finds itself compelled to glance further afield, and to construct hypotheses as to the nature of the matter and force which lie in the regions beyond the ken of its instruments. Ether is now comfortably settled in the scientific kingdom, becoming almost more than a hypothesis. Mesmerism, under its new name of hypnotism, is no longer an outcast. Reichenbach's experiments are still looked at askance, but are not wholly condemned. Rontgen's rays have rearranged some of the older ideas of matter, while radium has revolutionised them, and is leading science beyond the borderland of ether into the astral world. The boundaries between animate and inanimate matter are broken down. Magnets are found to be possessed of almost uncanny powers, transferring certain forms of disease in a way not yet satisfactorily explained. Telepathy, clairvoyance, movement without contact, though not yet admitted to the scientific table, are approaching the Cinderella-stage. The fact is that science has pressed its researches so far, has used such rare ingenuity in its questionings of nature, has shown such tireless patience in its investigations, that it is receiving the reward of those who seek, and forces and beings of the next higher plane of nature are beginning to show themselves on the outer edge of the physical field. "e;Nature makes no leaps,"e; and as the physicist nears the confines of his kingdom he finds himself bewildered by touches and gleams from another realm which interpenetrates his own. He finds himself compelled to speculate on invisible presences, if only to find a rational explanation for undoubted physical phenomena, and insensibly he slips over the boundary, and is, although he does not yet realise it, contacting the astral plane.One of the most interesting of the highroads from the physical to the astral is that of the study of thought. The Western scientist, commencing in the anatomy and physiology of the brain, endeavours to make these the basis for "e;a sound psychology."e; He passes then into the region of dreams, illusions, hallucinations; and as soon as he endeavours to elaborate an experimental science which shall classify and arrange these, he inevitably plunges into the astral plane. Dr Baraduc of Paris has nearly crossed the barrier, and is well on the way towards photographing astro-mental images, to obtaining pictures of what from the materialistic standpoint would be the results of vibrations in the grey matter of the brain.It has long been known to those who have given attention to the question that impressions were produced by the reflection of the ultra-violet rays from objects not visible by the rays of the ordinary spectrum. Clairvoyants were occasionally justified by the appearance on sensitive photographic plates of figures seen and described by them as present with the sitter, though invisible to physical sight. It is not possible for an unbiassed judgment to reject in toto the evidence of such occurrences proffered by men of integrity on the strength of their own experiments, oftentimes repeated. And now we have investigators who turn their attention to the obtaining of images of subtle forms, inventing methods specially designed with the view of reproducing them. Among these, Dr Baraduc seems to have been the most successful, and he has published a volume dealing with his investigations and containing reproductions of the photographs he has obtained. Dr Baraduc states that he is investigating the subtle forces by which the soul-defined as the intelligence working between the body and the spirit-expresses itself, by seeking to record its movements by means of a needle, its "e;luminous"e; but invisible vibrations by impressions on sensitive plates. He shuts out by non-conductors electricity and heat. We can pass over his experiments in Biometry (measurement of life by movements), and glance at those in Iconography-the impressions of invisible waves, regarded by him as of the nature of light, in which the soul draws its own image. A number of these photographs represent etheric and magnetic results of physical phenomena, and these again we may pass over as not bearing on our special subject, interesting as they are in themselves. Dr Baraduc obtained various impressions by strongly thinking of an object, the effect produced by the thought-form appearing on a sensitive plate; thus he tried to project a portrait of a lady (then dead) whom he had known, and produced an impression due to his thought of a drawing he had made of her on her deathbed. He quite rightly says that the creation of an object is the passing out of an image from the mind and its subsequent materialisation, and he seeks the chemical effect caused on silver salts by this thought-created picture. One striking illustration is that of a force raying outwards, the projection of an earnest prayer. Another prayer is seen producing forms like the fronds of a fern, another like rain pouring upwards, if the phrase may be permitted. A rippled oblong mass is projected by three persons thinking of their unity in affection. A young boy sorrowing over and caressing a dead bird is surrounded by a flood of curved interwoven threads of emotional disturbance. A strong vortex is formed by a feeling of deep sadness. Looking at this most interesting and suggestive series, it is clear that in these pictures that which is obtained is not the thought-image, but the effect caused in etheric matter by its vibrations, and it is necessary to clairvoyantly see the thought in order to understand the results produced. In fact, the illustrations are instructive for what they do not show directly, as well as for the images that appear.

Introduction to Yoga

Introduction to Yoga

Author: Annie Besant Format: eBook Release Date: 17/12/2016

These lectures are intended to give an outline of Yoga, in order to prepare the student to take up, for practical purposes, the Yoga sutras of Patanjali, the chief treatise on Yoga. I have on hand, with my friend Bhagavan Das as collaborateur, a translation of these Sutras, with Vyasa's commentary, and a further commentary and elucidation written in the light of Theosophy. To prepare the student for the mastering of that more difficult task, these lectures were designed; hence the many references to Patanjali. They may, however, also serve to give to the ordinary lay reader some idea of the Science of sciences, and perhaps to allure a few towards its study.

Path to Discipleship

Path to Discipleship

Author: Annie Besant Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/06/2016

The Origins of Theosophy Annie Besant - The Atheist Years

The Origins of Theosophy Annie Besant - The Atheist Years

Author: Annie Besant Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/04/2016

Annie Besant is primarily remembered as the international president of the Theosophical Society. One of the most important aspects of her career were the years that she was a professional atheist, which has given her a place in history as a pioneer feminist. The Origins of Theosophy contains thirteen of Besant's pamphlets, originally published from 1883-1890. This book is ideal for students of theology.

London Lectures of 1907

London Lectures of 1907

Author: Annie Besant Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2015

Annie Besant began her career as a political activist, working on issues such as suffrage, women's reproductive rights, and socialism. Along the way, she encountered the New Thought movement and developed a strong interest in spirituality. Within a few years, she had established herself as an international leader in the movement. This volume collects a series of lectures on the subject that Besant presented in London in 1907.

London Lectures of 1907

London Lectures of 1907

Author: Annie Besant Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2015

Annie Besant began her career as a political activist, working on issues such as suffrage, women's reproductive rights, and socialism. Along the way, she encountered the New Thought movement and developed a strong interest in spirituality. Within a few years, she had established herself as an international leader in the movement. This volume collects a series of lectures on the subject that Besant presented in London in 1907.

Introduction To Yoga

Introduction To Yoga

Author: Annie Besant Format: eBook Release Date: 08/10/2015

This great book gives an outline of Yoga, in order to prepare the student to take up, for practical purposes, the Yoga sutras of Patanjali, the chief treatise on Yoga. This book leads to the way where serenity can be had while making your life peaceful and healthy.

Thought Power Its Control & Culture.

Thought Power Its Control & Culture.

Author: Annie Besant Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/08/2015

Thought Power Its Control & Culture.

Thought Power Its Control & Culture.

Author: Annie Besant Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/08/2015

Thought-Forms

Thought-Forms

Author: Annie Besant, Charles Webster Leadbeater Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/08/2015

Thought Power Its Control & Culture.

Thought Power Its Control & Culture.

Author: Annie Besant Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/08/2015

The Origins of Theosophy Annie Besant - The Atheist Years

The Origins of Theosophy Annie Besant - The Atheist Years

Author: Annie Besant Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/05/2015

Annie Besant is primarily remembered as the international president of the Theosophical Society. One of the most important aspects of her career were the years that she was a professional atheist, which has given her a place in history as a pioneer feminist. The Origins of Theosophy contains thirteen of Besant's pamphlets, originally published from 1883-1890. This book is ideal for students of theology.

H. P. Blavatsky

H. P. Blavatsky

Author: Annie Besant, Ligaran Format: eBook Release Date: 12/03/2015

Extrait : "e;Seize ans et demi se sont ecoules depuis qu'Helena Petrovna Blavatsky a quitte ce monde mortel. On continue neanmoins a attaquer sa veracite, sa reputation ; des gens honnetes, des personnes sympathiques se detournent encore de la Societe theosophique en disant : Nous ne tenons pas a en faire partie ; elle a ete fondee par Mme Blavatsky, qui fut convaincue de fraude par la Societe des Recherches psychiques...."e;A PROPOS DES EDITIONS LIGARANLes editions LIGARAN proposent des versions numeriques de qualite de grands livres de la litterature classique mais egalement des livres rares en partenariat avec la BNF. Beaucoup de soins sont apportes a ces versions ebook pour eviter les fautes que l'on trouve trop souvent dans des versions numeriques de ces textes. LIGARAN propose des grands classiques dans les domaines suivants : * Livres rares* Livres libertins* Livres d'Histoire* Poesies* Premiere guerre mondiale* Jeunesse* Policier

La Vie occulte de l'Homme

La Vie occulte de l'Homme

Author: Annie Besant, Ligaran Format: eBook Release Date: 12/03/2015

Extrait : "e;Il existe beaucoup de gens qui ne peuvent se sentir heureux et satisfaits en ce monde s'ils ne possedent une connaissance bien definie et precise qui les rende capables de se comprendre eux-memes aussi bien que le monde qui les environne..."e;A PROPOS DES EDITIONS LIGARANLes editions LIGARAN proposent des versions numeriques de qualite de grands livres de la litterature classique mais egalement des livres rares en partenariat avec la BNF. Beaucoup de soins sont apportes a ces versions ebook pour eviter les fautes que l'on trouve trop souvent dans des versions numeriques de ces textes. LIGARAN propose des grands classiques dans les domaines suivants : * Livres rares* Livres libertins* Livres d'Histoire* Poesies* Premiere guerre mondiale* Jeunesse* Policier

Australian Lectures, 1908 .. - Scholar's Choice Edition

Australian Lectures, 1908 .. - Scholar's Choice Edition

Author: Annie Besant Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/02/2015

Esoteric Christianity or the Lesser Mysteries - Scholar's Choice Edition

Esoteric Christianity or the Lesser Mysteries - Scholar's Choice Edition

Author: Annie Besant Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/02/2015

Karma - Scholar's Choice Edition

Karma - Scholar's Choice Edition

Author: Annie Besant Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/02/2015

Initiation the Perfecting of Man - Scholar's Choice Edition

Initiation the Perfecting of Man - Scholar's Choice Edition

Author: Annie Besant Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/02/2015

Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom 1881-1888 - Scholar's Choice Edition

Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom 1881-1888 - Scholar's Choice Edition

Author: Annie Besant Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/02/2015

Modern Socialism - Scholar's Choice Edition

Modern Socialism - Scholar's Choice Edition

Author: Annie Besant Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/02/2015

Some Problems of Life - Scholar's Choice Edition

Some Problems of Life - Scholar's Choice Edition

Author: Annie Besant Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/02/2015

Thought-Forms - Scholar's Choice Edition

Thought-Forms - Scholar's Choice Edition

Author: Annie Besant Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/02/2015

L'Avenir Imminent

L'Avenir Imminent

Author: Annie Besant, Ligaran Format: eBook Release Date: 06/02/2015

Extrait : "e;En attirant votre attention sur l'imminence de changements physiques, je tiens a vous montrer que des transformations identiques se sont produites dans le passe avant ces transformations d'un autre ordre qui s'appliquent a la naissance d'une Religion Mondiale, a l'avenement d'un Instructeur du monde..."e;

Le Christianisme Esoterique

Le Christianisme Esoterique

Author: Annie Besant, Ligaran Format: eBook Release Date: 06/02/2015

Extrait : "e;Beaucoup-la plupart meme, peut-etre-des personnes qui liront le titre de cet ouvrage l'accuseront immediatement d'impliquer une idee fausse et nieront qu'il existe rien de precieux ayant droit au nom de Christianisme Esoterique..."e;

Introduction to Yoga

Introduction to Yoga

Author: Annie Besant Format: eBook Release Date: 10/12/2014

This early work by Annie Besant was originally published in 1907 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introductory biography. 'Introduction to Yoga' is a collection of Besant's lectures (delivered at the 32nd Anniversary of the Theosophical Society in 1907.) They were intended to give an outline of Yoga, in order to prepare the student to take up, for practical purposes, the Yoga sutras of Patanjali, the chief treatise on Yoga. They may, however, also serve to give to the ordinary lay reader some idea of the Science of sciences, and perhaps to allure a few towards its study. After a travelling widely in Europe in her younger years, Besant moved to London where she fought passionately for her beliefs; freedom of thought, women's rights and secularism. Besant became president of the Theosophical Society in 1890, leading its direction more towards the teachings of Indian mystics and esoteric Christianity.

The Pterodactyl's Egg

The Pterodactyl's Egg

Author: Annie Besant Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2014

Case for India

Case for India

Author: Annie Besant Format: eBook Release Date: 01/07/2014

A progressive thinker and activist who advocated for women's rights and freedom of religion, Annie Besant's fate was forever altered when she took a trip to India in the late 1890s. Though the journey was intended as something of a spiritual quest, Besant became interested in the social and political challenges facing the country and eventually took up the cause of Indian independence. In The Case for India, Besant unleashes a torrent of compelling arguments for ceding control back to India and allowing the country to govern itself.

Case for India

Case for India

Author: Annie Besant Format: eBook Release Date: 01/07/2014

A progressive thinker and activist who advocated for women's rights and freedom of religion, Annie Besant's fate was forever altered when she took a trip to India in the late 1890s. Though the journey was intended as something of a spiritual quest, Besant became interested in the social and political challenges facing the country and eventually took up the cause of Indian independence. In The Case for India, Besant unleashes a torrent of compelling arguments for ceding control back to India and allowing the country to govern itself.

My Path to Atheism

My Path to Atheism

Author: Annie Besant Format: eBook Release Date: 01/07/2014

Even today, atheism is a controversial subject, so it's not surprising that the 1895 publication of British thinker and activist Annie Besant's My Path to Atheism caused quite a stir. In the book, Besant lays out a compelling case for secularism and details her own spiritual journey -- one that eventually led to her disavowal of the Christian concept of God.

My Path to Atheism

My Path to Atheism

Author: Annie Besant Format: eBook Release Date: 01/07/2014

Even today, atheism is a controversial subject, so it's not surprising that the 1895 publication of British thinker and activist Annie Besant's My Path to Atheism caused quite a stir. In the book, Besant lays out a compelling case for secularism and details her own spiritual journey -- one that eventually led to her disavowal of the Christian concept of God.

Is the Bible Indictable?

Is the Bible Indictable?

Author: Annie Besant Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2014

In the 1870s, firebrand activist Annie Besant and her friend Charles Bradlaugh made the risky decision to republish an American book called The Fruits of Philosophy, which includes frank discussions of sexual intimacy and rudimentary birth-control methods, in Britain. The two were prosecuted on charges of obscenity. In this wittily incisive essay, Besant applies the extremely broad criteria used to judge that work as obscene to the Bible.

Is the Bible Indictable?

Is the Bible Indictable?

Author: Annie Besant Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2014

In the 1870s, firebrand activist Annie Besant and her friend Charles Bradlaugh made the risky decision to republish an American book called The Fruits of Philosophy, which includes frank discussions of sexual intimacy and rudimentary birth-control methods, in Britain. The two were prosecuted on charges of obscenity. In this wittily incisive essay, Besant applies the extremely broad criteria used to judge that work as obscene to the Bible.

Evolution of Life and Form

Evolution of Life and Form

Author: Annie Besant Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2014

Because of her early work as a secular activist who labored tirelessly in support of activities like increasing women's access to birth control information, it surprised many of Annie Besant's friends and colleagues when she developed a strong interest in the esoteric spiritual practice known as Theosophy. But rather than abandoning her previous beliefs and values, Besant incorporated them into her newly spiritualized worldview. Similarly, in this series of lectures presented to an international Theosophy conference, Besant integrates the Western tradition of science with the spiritual beliefs of the faith.

Evolution of Life and Form

Evolution of Life and Form

Author: Annie Besant Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2014

Because of her early work as a secular activist who labored tirelessly in support of activities like increasing women's access to birth control information, it surprised many of Annie Besant's friends and colleagues when she developed a strong interest in the esoteric spiritual practice known as Theosophy. But rather than abandoning her previous beliefs and values, Besant incorporated them into her newly spiritualized worldview. Similarly, in this series of lectures presented to an international Theosophy conference, Besant integrates the Western tradition of science with the spiritual beliefs of the faith.

Christian Creed

Christian Creed

Author: Annie Besant Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2014

When political activist Annie Besant discovered the spiritual practice known as Theosophy, it changed her life, bestowing upon her a sense of tranquility and purpose. When she came under attack by religious leaders who were suspicious of this unfamiliar faith, Besant fired back with both guns blazing, publishing this scathing but meticulously thorough critique of Christianity.

Christian Creed

Christian Creed

Author: Annie Besant Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2014

When political activist Annie Besant discovered the spiritual practice known as Theosophy, it changed her life, bestowing upon her a sense of tranquility and purpose. When she came under attack by religious leaders who were suspicious of this unfamiliar faith, Besant fired back with both guns blazing, publishing this scathing but meticulously thorough critique of Christianity.

Avataras

Avataras

Author: Annie Besant Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2014

Annie Besant was a fascinating figure who made a mark in a staggering number of fields and disciplines over the course of her career, ranging from making significant headway in the domain of women's reproductive rights to popularizing the esoteric spiritual system known as Theosophy in the West. The volume Avataras presents the text of a series of lectures that Besant delivered at an international Theosophy conference in 1899.

Avataras

Avataras

Author: Annie Besant Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2014

Annie Besant was a fascinating figure who made a mark in a staggering number of fields and disciplines over the course of her career, ranging from making significant headway in the domain of women's reproductive rights to popularizing the esoteric spiritual system known as Theosophy in the West. The volume Avataras presents the text of a series of lectures that Besant delivered at an international Theosophy conference in 1899.

Seven Principles of Man

Seven Principles of Man

Author: Annie Besant Format: eBook Release Date: 22/03/2014

Man according to the Theosophical teaching is a sevenfold being, or, in the usual phrase, has a septenary constitution. Putting it in another way, man's nature has seven aspects, may be studied from seven different points of view, is composed of seven principles. The clearest and best way of all in which to think of man is to regard him as one, the Spirit or True Self; this belongs to the highest region of the universe, and is universal, the same for all; it is a ray of God, a spark from the divine fire. This is to become an individual, reflecting the divine perfection, a son that grows into the likeness of his father. For this purpose the Spirit, or true Self, is clothed in garment after garment, each garment belonging to a definite region of the universe, and enabling the Self to come into contact with that region, gain knowledge of it, and work in it. It thus gains experience, and all its latent potentialities are gradually drawn out into active powers.

Esoteric Christianity

Esoteric Christianity

Author: Annie Besant Format: eBook Release Date: 20/03/2014

The object of this book is to suggest certain lines of thought as to the deep truths underlying Christianity, truths generally overlooked, and only too often denied. The generous wish to share with all what is precious, to spread broadcast priceless truths, to shut out none from the illumination of true knowledge. This is the way of the Divine Wisdom, the true THEOSOPHY. It is Esoteric Christianity as truly as it is Esoteric Buddhism, and belongs equally to all religions, exclusively to none. It only says: "e;Behold the Light!"e; For thus have we heard. It appeals only to the few who hunger for more than the exoteric teachings give them. For those who are fully satisfied with the exoteric teachings, it is not intended; for why should bread be forced on those who are not hungry? For those who hunger, may it prove bread, and not a stone.

Man and His Bodies

Man and His Bodies

Author: Annie Besant Format: eBook Release Date: 12/03/2014

At the outset of our study it is necessary that the Western reader should change the attitude in which he has been accustomed to regard himself, and that he should clearly distinguish between the man and the bodies in which the man dwells. We are too much in the habit of identifying ourselves with the outer garments that we wear, too apt to think of ourselves as though we were our bodies; and it is necessary, if we are to grasp a true conception of our subject, that we shall leave this point of view and shall cease to identify ourselves with casings that we put on for a time and again cast off, to put on fresh ones when we are again in need of such vestures. To identify ourselves with these bodies that have only a passing existence is really as foolish and as unreasonable as it would be to identify ourselves with our clothes.

Life and After

Life and After

Author: Annie Besant Format: eBook Release Date: 28/02/2014

What is life, and what is death? We shall not really perish when the body falls away; but what is there on the other side of death? When the body is struck away by death's hands, what conditions shall we pass into, in what worlds shall we find ourselves? What is the circle of Birth and Death? Is it possible to escape from that wheel of births and deaths? Can we break the bonds, so that we shall not afterwards be born again. Is there not some permanent state into which we may pass, where we may find satisfaction and complete peace which shall never be troubled, and joy which shall never be ended? That is the question ever repeated by the soul in man. We seek some certainty as to the conditions under which a man is continually born and continually dies, and also as to the conditions by which a man can be free from death and birth, and pass into the peace that knows no change, that knows no ending.

Man: Whence, How and Whither

Man: Whence, How and Whither

Author: Annie Besant, C. W. Leadbeater Format: eBook Release Date: 10/12/2013

The problem of Man' s origin, of his evolution, of his destiny, is one of inexhaustible interest. Whence came he, this glorious Intelligence, on this globe, at least, the crown of visible beings? How has he evolved to his present position? Has he suddenly descended from above, a radiant angel, to become the temporary tenant of a house of clay; or has he climbed upwards through long dim ages, tracing his humble ancestry from primeval slime, through fish, reptile, mammal, up to the human kingdom? And what is his future destiny? Is he evolving onwards, climbing higher and higher, only to descend the long slope of degeneration till he falls over the precipice of death, leaving behind him a freezing planet, the sepulchre of myriad civilisations; or is his present climbing but the schooling of an immortal spiritual Power, destined in his maturity to wield the sceptre of a world, a system, a congeries of Systems, a veritable God in the making? This comprehensive survey of the past and future history of mankind was obtained by clairvoyant investigation.

Esoteric Christianity

Esoteric Christianity

Author: Annie Besant Format: eBook Release Date: 16/04/2013

Esoteric Christianity is an ensemble of spiritual currents, which regard Christianity as a mystery religion, and profess the existence and possession of certain esoteric doctrines or practices, of which the public is unaware--or even to which they may be denied access--but which are understood by "e;enlightened"e;, "e;initiated"e;, or highly educated people. The generous wish to share with all what is precious, to spread broadcast priceless truths, to shut out none from the illumination of true knowledge.

Introduction to Yoga

Introduction to Yoga

Author: Annie Besant Format: eBook Release Date: 13/03/2013

These lectures are intended to give an outline of Yoga, in order to prepare the student to take up, for practical purposes, the Yoga sutras of Patanjali, the chief treatise on Yoga. I have on hand, with my friend Bhagavan Das as collaborator, a translation of these Sutras, with Vyasa's commentary, and a further commentary and elucidation written in the light of Theosophy. To prepare the student for the mastering of that more difficult task, these lectures were designed; hence the many references to Patanjali. They may, however, also serve to give to the ordinary lay reader some idea of the Science of sciences, and perhaps to allure a few towards its study.

Theosophical Writings of Annie Besant

Theosophical Writings of Annie Besant

Author: Annie Besant Format: eBook Release Date: 13/12/2012

Annie Besant was a prominent British socialist, Theosophist, women's rights activist, writer and orator and supporter of Irish and Indian self-rule. In 1890 Besant met Helena Blavatsky and over the next few years her interest in Theosophy grew while her interest in secular matters waned. She became a member of the Society and a highly successful lecturer in Theosophy. As part of her Theosophy-related work, she travelled to India where in 1898 she helped establish the Central Hindu College, and in 1902 she established the first overseas Lodge of the International Order of Co-Freemasonry, Le Droit Humain in England. Over the next few years she established lodges in many parts of the British Empire. In 1907 she became President of the Theosophical Society. This volume include the following writings:Thought-FormsThe Case For IndiaMy Path To AtheismDeath-And After?The Christian Creed, Or, What It Is Blasphemy To DenyThe Basis Of MoralityEvolution Of Life And FormLondon Lectures Of 1907AvatrasEsoteric Christianity - Or The Lesser Mysteries. An Introduction To YogaKarma

Christianity: Its Evidences, Its Origin, Its Morality, Its History

Christianity: Its Evidences, Its Origin, Its Morality, Its History

Author: Annie Besant Format: eBook Release Date: 13/12/2012

The origin of all religions, and the ignorance which is the root of the God-idea, leads to the duty to investigate the evidences of the origin and of the growth of Christianity, to examine its morality and its dogmas, to study the history of its supposed founder, to trace out its symbols and its ceremonies; in fine, to show cause for its utter rejection by the Freethinker. Annie Besant was a prominent British socialist, Theosophist, women's rights activist, writer and orator and supporter of Irish and Indian self-rule.

Introduction to Yoga

Introduction to Yoga

Author: Annie Besant Format: eBook Release Date: 15/06/2012

Many people know Yoga as a form of stress-relieving fitness regime. This book delves into the rich philosophy and history of this ancient physical and mental discipline, in the form of four lectures given at the 32nd Anniversary of the Theosophical Society.

Esoteric Christianity - or, the Lesser Mysteries

Esoteric Christianity - or, the Lesser Mysteries

Author: Annie Besant Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/11/2011

The Ancient Wisdom

The Ancient Wisdom

Author: Annie Besant Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/11/2011

An Introduction to Yoga

An Introduction to Yoga

Author: Annie Besant Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/10/2011

The Ancient Wisdom an Outline of Theosophical Teachings

The Ancient Wisdom an Outline of Theosophical Teachings

Author: Annie Besant Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/04/2010

The Ancient Wisdom an Outline of Theosophical Teachings

The Ancient Wisdom an Outline of Theosophical Teachings

Author: Annie Besant Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/04/2010

Initiation the Perfecting of Man

Initiation the Perfecting of Man

Author: Annie Besant Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/04/2010

Initiation the Perfecting of Man

Initiation the Perfecting of Man

Author: Annie Besant Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/04/2010

Esoteric Christianity

Esoteric Christianity

Author: Annie Besant Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/12/2009

Modern Socialism

Modern Socialism

Author: Annie Besant Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/05/2009

Death - and After?

Death - and After?

Author: Annie Besant Format: eBook Release Date: 01/05/2009

The debate over life after death has been at the center of a theological maelstrom for thousands of years. In this volume, Annie Besant draws on Christian tenets, New Thought concepts, and other faith traditions to offer a speculative account of the experience that humans may encounter when they pass from this world. Death -- and After? offers a fascinating take on this age-old conundrum.

Esoteric Christianity

Esoteric Christianity

Author: Annie Besant Format: eBook Release Date: 01/05/2009

Religious historian Annie Besant offers a new take on standard Christian doctrine and practice in Esoteric Christianity. Building on the precept that Christianity is actually a mystery religion (i.e., one that relies on the inner knowledge or Gnosis of a spiritual teacher or mystic), this book explores some of the connections between Christianity and practices such as alchemy, astrology, and ritual magic, and discusses the implications of these points of correspondence.

Basis of Morality

Basis of Morality

Author: Annie Besant Format: eBook Release Date: 01/05/2009

Must religion and morals go together? Can one be taught without the other? These questions are as relevant today as they were nearly a century ago when author Annie Besant first addressed them in The Basis of Morality. Whether you are an ardent believer or a hard-nosed skeptic, the age-old relationship between religion and morality is a fascinating one to ponder.

The Case for India

The Case for India

Author: Annie Besant Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/03/2009

Introduction to Yoga

Introduction to Yoga

Author: Annie Besant Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/2009

Today, yoga is the province of trendy spas, suburban recreation centers, and personal trainers. However, in the early twentieth century, it was regarded as a serious spiritual practice reserved for those who were dedicated to the life of the mind. Whether you're a beginner or an expert, you can get back to basics and enrich your practice with this comprehensive guide from yoga expert Annie Wood Besant.

Thought-Forms

Thought-Forms

Author: Annie Besant Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/2008

The Bhagavad-Gita

The Bhagavad-Gita

Author: Annie Besant Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/10/2008

Legends And Tales.

Legends And Tales.

Author: Annie Besant Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/08/2008

Some Problems Of Life

Some Problems Of Life

Author: Annie Besant Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/05/2008

Autobiographical Sketches

Autobiographical Sketches

Author: Annie Besant Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/03/2008

Esoteric Christianity Or The Lesser Mysteries

Esoteric Christianity Or The Lesser Mysteries

Author: Annie Besant Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/03/2007

Thought Power

Thought Power

Author: Annie Besant Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/03/2004

The Path of Discipleship

The Path of Discipleship

Author: Annie Besant, Paul Tice Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2003

Why I Do Not Believe in God

Why I Do Not Believe in God

Author: Annie Besant Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/1887