The Four Great Religions: Now Available!by Styxhexenhammer666
This well made Theosophical work is, I think, my favorite by Besant thus far. It avoids some of the more strange material in that path associated with ethnic issues and focuses almost entirely on religious history- namely that associated with Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, Buddhism, and Christianity, proclaiming that those are akin to four epochs of spiritual development, with...
Hatha Yoga: Now Available!by Styxhexenhammer666
This is the final Atkinson (Ramacharaka) title on the subject of yoga, and is somewhat intermediate between the very hands on how-to content of his work on Raja Yoga, and the abstract and philosophical discussions in Gnani Yoga. It combines scientific new thought with calisthenics and breathing exercises meant to strengthen the body, improve overall health, and aid with focus and...
A Series of Lessons in Raja Yoga: Now Available!by Styxhexenhammer666
This fine work on Raja (or royal) yoga was created by Yogi Ramacharaka- a pseudonym (it is generally held) for William Atkinson. it's quite good, and much more hands-on and instructional than many works, which tend towards mere philosophy. The ultimate goal is increased awareness, especially of the self but also in general, and exercises in mental focus and attention. Atkinson...
Exposition of the Doctrine of Karma: Now Available!by Styxhexenhammer666
This book is a nice analysis of the idea of karma, from a specifically Theosophical perspective. The authors' name is a pseudonym so it isn't entirely clear which theosophist actually compiled the materials here. It's a more legitimate take on the subject than much literature about karma- often it is boiled down to a simplified, singular idea and ideas like national or group karma...
The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali: Now Available!by Styxhexenhammer666
This little work is comprised of a series of short statements on the Yogic system by the enigmatic figure of Patanjali, as analyzed and interpreted (using a prior translation) by Theosophist William Q. Judge. The actual subtopics are numerous; mystic powers, reincarnation, meditation, and so forth. It should be noted that Judges' surmising in the preface with regards to Patanjali...
The Hindu Yogi Science of Breath: Now Available!by Styxhexenhammer666
This book here is mostly authentic breathing exercises from Hindu lore (some of which are taught by Yogis today quite frequently) but the author was *probably* William Atkinson, a New Thought author and publisher thought to be the hand behind works listed under the auspices of a "Yogi Ramacharaka"- indeed the introduction deconstructs the concept of a Yogi and excuses the use of...
Esoteric Buddhism: Now Available!by Styxhexenhammer666
AP Sinnett is the author of this fascinating book- his probably most well known, and one of the better written.
The number of topics covered within it are vast but there are two especially which concern the modern occultist perhaps most of all; the treatment of nirvana, devachan, and the general concept of the afterlife and reincarnation cycle first and foremost, and second to it,...
The Supernatural In Romantic Literature: Now Available!by Styxhexenhammer666
This fairly short work was initially full length and 169 pages long; formatting in that era was often quite interesting. It's an extremely dense overview of many hundreds of bits of literature, the main point of which is to correlate and compare literary tropes, objects, and subjects across books and poetry. The author himself tries to restrain the lore to mostly the medieval and...
Karma (Besant): Now Available!by Styxhexenhammer666
This is one of a series of four booklets written in the early 20th century by Besant to show the basic premises of Theosophy to newcomers. It was out of a realization, on her part, it seems, that much Theosophical literature was too long and/or obtuse to be understood unless a person was relatively highly literate or already trained in Theosophy.
It is an intermediate primer on...
Phallic Miscellanies: Now Available!by Styxhexenhammer666
This work is one of a number that comprised the phallic series, purportedly crafted by Hargrave Jennings anonymously to skirt censorship due to the taboo nature of the subject; it titillates the reader by rendering the solar, phallicist worship of the linga etc to degenerated status, then refusing to flesh out the more lurid parts of cultish ritual. Indeed the work isn't inaccurate...
The Laws of the Higher Life: Now Available!by Styxhexenhammer666
This short work is one of the many writings of the rather famous (or infamous!) Annie Besant; a Theosophist and one of the main figures thereof. This work lays out three particular laws (or sets of laws) governing a higher existence, ascendant and enlightened. They are, respectively, consciousness, duty, and sacrifice, and form a deeply Hinduism-tainted variant of Theosophy in...
Letters From An Occult Student: Now Available!by Styxhexenhammer666
This is a fairly short work that is nonetheless interesting for two types of content; first, its fusion of apparently religious Christian material with Hinduism (often an element of theosophy although I could not find any information on the author being involved with the same) and second, its allusions to telegraphy, atoms, magnetism, and the like, in regards to the occult. These...
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