An Introduction to Yoga

An Introduction to Yoga

by Annie Besant


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An outline of Yoga philosophy.

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ISBN-13: 9781912925735
Publisher: Yesterday's World Publishing
Publication date: 08/05/2019
Pages: 58
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.12(d)

About the Author

Annie Besant was born 1 October 1847 in Clapham London to parents of Irish roots. After the early death of her father in 1852, the family were brought up in relative poverty and Annie was looked after by a friend of the family Ellen Marryat. This enabled Annie to gain a good education and travel around Europe.

In 1867, aged only 19, she married a clergyman Frank Besant, seven years her senior. They went to live in Sibsey, Lincolnshire, where Frank was a vicar. However, the marriage soon experienced difficulties. Annie became increasingly radicalised in her political views - whereas Frank was generally conservative. Annie instinctively supported the rights of workers and poor farmers. Annie also began writing, but her husband didn't allow her to keep her earnings. More seriously Annie began questioning the religion of her birth and, in 1873, she stopped receiving Communion because she no longer felt she could call herself a Christian.

"...but I could no longer attend the Holy Communion, for in that service, full of recognition of Jesus as Deity and of His atoning sacrifice, I could no longer take part without hypocrisy."

Annie Besant, An Autobiography Chapter IV

This was the final straw for the marriage and Annie left her husband taking her daughter to London. Looking back on her marriage, she reveals a temperament not suited to the Victorian expectations of a passive wife.

"...for under the soft, loving, pliable girl there lay hidden, as much unknown to herself as to her surroundings, a woman of strong dominant will, strength that panted for expression and rebelled against restraint, fiery and passionate emotions that were seething under compression-a most undesirable partner to sit in the lady's arm-chair on the domestic rug before the fire."

Annie Besant, An Autobiography Chapter IV

In London, she became noted for her radical political views. She espoused freedom of thought, women's rights, secularism, birth control and the rights of the working class.; she was also highly critical of the influence and teachings of Christianity.

Table of Contents

Lecture I.The Nature of Yoga1
1.The Meaning of the Universe1
2.The Unfolding of Consciousness4
3.The Oneness of the Self7
4.The Quickening of the Process of Self-Unfoldment7
5.Yoga is a Science10
6.Man a Duality14
7.States of Mind18
9.The Literature of Yoga24
10.Some Definitions28
11.God Without and God Within31
12.Changes of Consciousness and Vibrations of Matter32
14.Stages of Mind37
15.Inward and Outward-turned Consciousness40
16.The Cloud42
Lecture II.Schools of Thought45
1.Its Relation to Indian Philosophies48
3.The Mental Body70
4.Mind and Self73
Lecture III.Yoga as Science77
1.Methods of Yoga77
2.To the Self by the Self80
3.To the Self through the Not-Self84
4.Yoga and Morality87
5.Composition of States of the Mind92
6.Pleasure and Pain98
Lecture IV.Yoga as Practice108
1.Inhibition of States of Mind109
2.Meditation with and without Seed114
3.The Use of Mantras120
5.Obstacles to Yoga124
6.Capacities for Yoga125
7.Forthgoing and Returning131
8.Purification of Bodies138
9.Dwellers on the Threshold141
10.Preparation for Yoga147
11.The End149

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An Introduction to Yoga: Four Lectures Delivered at the 32nd Anniversary of the Theosophical Society, Held at Benares, on Dec. 27Th, 28Th, 29Th, 30Th 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fascinating introduction to yoga from Theosophist Besant. Some real insights into yoga here.